Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Obama's Jobs Bill Expected To Hit Roadblock Today In Senate

Job seekers waited in line to meet with recruiters at a job fair in Park Ridge, Ill., last month.

Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 11, 2011 6:34 am

The political debate over what to do about the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate and weak employment growth ratchets up again today when the Senate's expected to say no to President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill.

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The Two-Way
10:20 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Ten Years Ago Today, President Bush Announced Strikes On Afghanistan

Oct. 7, 2001: President George W. Bush poses for a photo in the Treaty Room of the White House after announcing airstrikes on on Afghanistan.

Hillery Smith Garrison AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 10:25 am

At 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 7, 2001, President George W. Bush announced to the nation that "on my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al-Qaida terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan."

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The Two-Way
8:40 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Values Voter Summit Underway; GOP Contenders To Speak

The annual Values Voter Summit is happening now in Washington, and if you want to hear what most of the Republican presidential contenders are telling the conservative activists, it's all online for the watching.

Organizers are streaming the event here. It's also on C-SPAN.org.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Coming Up: September Jobs Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is due to release figures on the September unemployment rate and the number of jobs on payrolls at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Economists are expecting to hear that the jobless rate stayed around 9.1 percent and that there was net job growth of only about 55,000 positions.

We'll update this post with highlights from the report shortly after its release. So check back or hit your "refresh" button to see our updates.

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The Two-Way
6:49 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Are You Among The '99 Percent?'

The scene at an Occupy Los Angeles demonstration earlier this month.

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 2:05 pm

As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to spread, one of its rallying cries is generating a fair amount of debate.

The protesters say they represent the "99 percent" — that is, everyone except the richest 1 percent of Americans or those who have been benefiting from the way things are going.

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Today's Top Stories: Nobel Peace Prize, September Jobs Report

Good morning.

We've already posted about the top story so far today:

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Women Striving For Peace In Liberia And Yemen

And we're getting ready for what's expected to be the other major news of the morning — the 8:30 a.m. ET announcement from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about the September unemployment rate and how many jobs were or were not added to payrolls last month.

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The Two-Way
3:45 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize About To Be Announced

Left to right: Nobel Peace Prize laureates President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 10:54 am

Three women who have worked for peace and women's rights in Liberia and Yemen have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, it was just announced at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Yemeni protest leader Tawakkul Karman are being honored.

This year's Nobels come with about $1.5 million. That amount will be divided between the three laureates.

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The Two-Way
12:55 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Rooney's Dad Arrested In Betting Probe, But English Star Is Ready To Play

English soccer star Wayne Rooney during a training session today in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Hrvoje Polan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 1:10 pm

After it was announced today that the father of English soccer star Wayne Rooney has been arrested as part of an investigation into betting at a Scottish Premier League match, news outlets in the U.K. got right to the bottom of what they must think is the really important part of the story:

Will Rooney still play in Friday's match between England's national team and Montenegro?

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Read And Watch: Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement Address

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 12:33 am

The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, has renewed interest in the commencement address he gave at Stanford University in 2005, which drew considerable attention for its content and because Jobs so rarely spoke in public about himself.

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Live Blog: Obama News Conference

President Obama is this hour holding a news conference at the White House. We're live-blogging, so be sure to hit your "refresh" button to see our latest additions. If you'd like to hear the news conference, click "LISTEN LIVE" in the box above.

Update at 11:12 a.m. ET. On Tax Cuts:

Republican lawmakers make the case that the president's $447 billion jobs bill relies too much on tax increases and not enough on spending cuts.

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