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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9:45am

Mon April 11, 2011
The Two-Way

As French Ban On Veils Goes Into Effect, Some Women Defy The Law

"France's new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance Monday," The Associated Press reports from Paris, "as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained for taking part in an unauthorized protest."

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9:00am

Mon April 11, 2011
The Two-Way

'Somebody Was Looking Out' For People In Iowa Town Crushed By Tornado

"At least 10 tornadoes took their best swipe at northwest Iowa on Saturday," The Des Moines Register writes this morning. And the one that hit the town of Mapleton was particularly powerful.

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8:30am

Mon April 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Opposition Skeptical Of African Union-Brokered Ceasefire Deal In Libya

As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports this morning from Tripoli, leaders of the African Union say they've put together a "road map" to end the fighting in Libya — and that Moammar Gadhafi has agreed to their plan.

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8:10am

Mon April 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Criminal Investigation Of Mubarak And His Family? 'Definitely'

The news from Egypt of an "unprecedented legal summons" that calls on former President Hosni Mubarak and his family to face an anti-corruption probe is "definitely" the start of a criminal investigation into the former regime, those who opposed the Mubarak government tell NPR's Deborah Amos.

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8:55am

Sat April 9, 2011
The Two-Way

The Budget Deal: One Of Many Late Nights To Come?

Now that we know there will NOT be a partial shutdown of the federal government because late last night lawmakers reached a deal on a plan to cut about $38 billion from this year's budget, it's time for some morning-after analyses.

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