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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9:50am

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Obama Aides Disagree On Release Of Bin Laden Photo

Originally published on Wed May 4, 2011 11:37 am

Update at 1:40 p.m. ET: "Obama Says Bin Laden Photos Will Not Be Released, CBS Reports.

Our original post:

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9:05am

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

SEAL Team Six: The 'Best Of The Best'

There are some stories to pass along this morning about the elite U.S. commandos who carried out the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan and killed the al-Qaida leader.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Tom Bowman profiled SEAL Team Six, the unit that conducted the dangerous mission.

Tom sent us this additional material:

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8:25am

Wed May 4, 2011
The Two-Way

On Whether Bin Laden Was Armed, Here's What Officials Said

In the first few hours after the world learned that U.S. forces had killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, most news reports said he had been involved in the firefight at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and at least implied that he was armed when he died.

And it was said that a woman on the scene had been used as a human shield.

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3:15pm

Tue May 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Happy 40th To 'All Things Considered'

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 9:45 am

Robert Conley, 85, last month in NPR's Studio 2A.
Coburn Dukehart/NPR
  • ATC hosts
  • Theme music and introduction
  • The first show's line-up
  • Robert Conley on the day's big story
  • The sounds of the streets
  • The first half hour of the first All Things Considered

Turning 40 is a good thing when it's a news program you're talking about. It's a sure sign you must be doing a lot of things right.

Today, All Things Considered hits that mark.

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12:25pm

Tue May 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Job Approval Up 9 Points After Bin Laden's Death, Pew Poll Shows

President Obama's job approval rating "has jumped in the wake of [Osama] bin Laden's killing," the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press just reported. It says that "in the one-day survey, 56% say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president while 38% disapprove. Last month, Obama's job rating was about evenly divided — 47% approved, 45% disapproved."

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