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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8:20am

Tue March 29, 2011
The Two-Way

'Bronx Zoo Cobra' Is Still Misssing; Except On Twitter

"Just FYI, I've had it with Samuel L. Jackson too."

That's one of more than 30 tweets, so far, that have shown up on @BronxZoosCobra since yesterday.

And it seems that many thousands of followers are interested in what the "snake," who we posted about yesterday, has to say.

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8:00am

Tue March 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Syria's Assad Expected To Offer Concessions, Dissolve His Cabinet

This is shaping up to be a critical day in Syria.

The Associated Press says that "hundreds of thousands of supporters of Syria's hard-line regime poured into the streets of the capital Damascus and at least four other major cities Tuesday, waving pictures of the president and flags as the government tried to show it has mass support in the face of protests demanding more freedoms in this tightly controlled Arab state."

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7:45am

Tue March 29, 2011
The Two-Way

In Japan: 'No Major Progress' Draining Radioactive Water From Plant

Here are some of today's headlines and latest developments related to the crisis in Japan, where a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami on March 11 killed thousands of people, caused widespread destruction along the country's northeast coast and crippled a nuclear power plant in Fukushima:

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6:45pm

Mon March 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Live Blog: Obama's Address On Libya

President Obama is speaking to the nation this evening from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. His subject: the military campaign in Libya.

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12:30pm

Mon March 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Where Is Iman Al-Obeidi?

"Parents of a Libyan woman who claimed she was detained by Moammar Gadhafi's troops and later gang raped said in interviews aired Monday that their daughter is being held hostage at the Libyan leader's compound in Tripoli," The Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Gadhafi regime says that Iman al-Obeidi has been freed and is with a sister in Tripoli.

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