Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott joined NPR News in the spring of 2009 to launch a new blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Frank James.

"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and where it engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Memmott came to NPR from USA Today, where for over 20 years he worked as a reporter and editor on subjects ranging from politics and, foreign affairs to economics and the media.

In recent years he helped launch and then led three different news blogs at USATODAY.com, including the website's 2008 presidential campaign blog, On Politics.

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11:18am

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Gingrich To 'Talk About My Run For President' On Wednesday

"Be sure to watch Hannity this Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m CT. I will be on to talk about my run for President of the United States."

And with those words on his Twitter and Facebook pages, it looks like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) is saying he's definitely getting into the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination. Hannity is on Fox News Channel.

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10:48am

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Study: Apple Replaces Google As World's Most Valuable Brand

All those millions of iPads and new iPhones it sold last helped push Apple past Google in the sixth annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study.

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9:54am

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Pakistani Leader: 'Allegations Of Complicity Or Incompetence Are Absurd'

Pakistan's prime minister today rejected speculation that intelligence or military officials in his country helped al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden hide there for five or six years.

"Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd," Yousuf Raza Gilani told his nation's parliament, noting that "hundreds" of suicide bombers have struck in his country and at its political leaders — a sign, he said, that Pakistan is at war with al-Qaida, not in cahoots with the terrorist network.

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9:19am

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Bob Dylan Is Songwriter Of Choice For Freewheelin' Justices

When it comes time to put some style into court opinions and legal briefs by plucking a line or two from a songwriter's oeuvre, Bob Dylan's lyrics are by far the No. 1 choice of justices and law clerks around the nation, the Los Angeles Times writes this morning.

Even Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia, two men you would not think of in connection with the writer of many of the 1960s' best-known protest songs, have done it.

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8:35am

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Warning: Severe Weather, And Maybe More Tornadoes, Due This Week

After several hundred tornado-related deaths in recent weeks across Alabama and other parts of the south and with historic flooding now happening along sections of the Mississippi River, this isn't the news anyone wants to hear:

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