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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12:40pm

Mon March 21, 2011
The Two-Way

He Prosecuted Paris Hilton; Now He's Been Charged With Cocaine Possession

David Schubert, a Nevada prosecutor who handled drug cases involving celebrity Paris Hilton and singer Bruno Mars, was himself arrested over the weekend on a cocaine charge, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

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11:00am

Mon March 21, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Army Apologizes For 'Repugnant' Photos Of Dead Afghans

Germany's Der Spiegel magazine today published three photographs of U.S. Army soldiers posing with the corpses of dead Afghans — images that were quickly condemned as "repugnant" by an Army spokesman.

The photos are connected to an already highly charged event — the deaths of three unarmed Afghans last year. "Five soldiers based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle, have been charged with murder and conspiracy in the case," The Associated Press notes. It adds that:

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10:10am

Mon March 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Down 9.6 Percent; Median Price At Nine-Year Low

There was a 9.6 percent drop in sales of previously owned homes in February from January, the National Association of Realtors just reported. The decline followed three straight monthly increases.

And, according to NAR:

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10:00am

Mon March 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Warren Buffett: Disaster Creates 'Buying Opportunity' In Japanese Stocks

The world's most famous investor, Warren Buffett, said today that the crisis in Japan "is a buying opportunity and he won't sell his shares in the country as its future hasn't been changed," Bloomberg News reports.

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9:15am

Mon March 21, 2011
The Two-Way

In Yemen: 'Virtually No Support' For President Among Key Institutions

Originally published on Mon March 21, 2011 7:15 am

From Sanaa, Yemen, The Associated Press writes that "rival tanks deployed in the streets of Yemen's capital Monday after three senior army commanders defected to a movement calling for the ouster of U.S.-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh, leaving him with virtually no support among the country's most powerful institutions."

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