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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10:10am

Thu April 21, 2011
The Two-Way

'Domestic Terrorism' Possible In Case Of Pipe Bomb In Mall Near Columbine

The FBI has "identified a person of interest in what [it is] calling a case of domestic terrorism" in Jefferson County, Colo., just two miles from Columbine High School, Denver's KUSA-TV reports.

And, the station adds, "the fact that [a] pipe bomb and propane tanks were found on the 12th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School is not lost on investigators."

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9:10am

Thu April 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dip By 13,000

There were 403,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

That's 13,000 fewer than during the previous week.

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9:04am

Thu April 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Elisabeth Sladen: Best 'Dr. Who' Companion Ever?

Doctor Who fans around the world are mourning this week's death of actress Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith — one of the good doctor's companions — during some of the TV series' classic years in the '70s. She was 63 and died of cancer.

Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog writes that:

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8:10am

Thu April 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Wael Ghonim Tops 'Time' Magazine's Latest 100 Most Influential People List

He became for many the face of the protesters in Cairo back in February.

Now, Google executive Wael Ghonim is on the "2011 Time 100" — the magazine's latest list of the most influential people in the world.

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7:45am

Thu April 21, 2011
The Two-Way

'No-Go Zone' Created Around Japanese Nuclear Power Plant

Good morning.

In Japan, The Associated Press reports, officials have "declared a 12-mile evacuation zone around a tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant a no-go zone ... urging residents to abide by the order for the sake of their own safety."

The Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant was crushed by the tsunami that followed the massive March 11 earthquake that struck North Central Japan.

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