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.

The Las Vegas Sun and The Associated Press are reporting they've been told by sources with first-hand knowledge that Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) will announce this afternoon that he won't seek re-election in 2012.

As the Sun reminds us:

Some of the latest reporting on the fighting between forces loyal to Libyan Col. Moammar Gadhafi and those who are trying to topple his regime:

-- CNN's Nic Robertson (on Twitter): "Battle for #Ziwiya appears to continue despite govt claims it now under their control. We got within mile of city center today."

The Libyan people who are fighting to overthrow the regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi need some help from the U.S. and other nations but do not want foreign soldiers to come to their aid, says Libyan diplomat Ali Aujali.

Aujali, the Libyan ambassador to the U.S. who last month announced he was quitting Gadhafi's government, told Tell Me More host Michel Martin a short time ago that Libyans need just a few things from the international community:

Saying he wanted to send a "clear message ... to those who are around Col. [Moammar] Gadhafi," President Obama just said that those who are with the Libyan leader have a "choice to make about how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable" if the attacks on anti-government protesters continue.

The president spoke at the White House during a photo opportunity with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

In the days leading up to Thursday's hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee on what Chairman Peter King (R-NY) warns is the threat from a radicalization of Muslims in the U.S., Tell Me More is having conversations with people on all sides of the debate over whether the hearing will be illuminating or inflammatory.

While we would love to write a headline saying that proof has been found that life does (or has) existed somewhere else in the universe, we're going to go with the advice of astrophysicist Adam Frank over at the 13.7 blog.

While much of the world's attention remains focused on Libya and leader Moammar Gadhafi's battle to remain in power, developments continue in other countries in northern Africa and the Middle East that have been rocked by protests (or where leaders fear such protests) in recent weeks. Today:

If you saw the 2004 movie The Motorcycle Diaries (review here), or read the book of the same name that's based on Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's diaries, this news may be of interest:

If you had to fill up your car's tank this weekend, you might have wished you'd stopped by the bank first to take out a loan.

Yes, Americans pay less for a gallon of gas than drivers in many other nations. But as Jean Cochran reported on this morning's Newscast, the latest Lundberg Survey shows the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.51 a gallon nationally, up 33 cents in just two weeks. And the price is expected to go up at least another 10 or 15 cents in the near-term:

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