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
4:41 am
Thu March 28, 2013

'Historic' Web Attack Didn't Cripple The Internet And Is Over Anyway

Huge amounts of data were flying, but the attack didn't cause major problems around the world, Internet monitors say.
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Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:49 am

There's much angst over the cyberattack that we and others reported about Wednesday — a denial-of-service broadside allegedly aimed at an anti-spam group by a Dutch hosting company, Cyberbunker. It led to reports about, supposedly, major congestion on the Web.

Well, there are two things everyone needs to know this morning:

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3:54 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Slow But Better Than Thought: 4th Quarter GDP Revised Up Again

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 5:22 am

The U.S. economy grew at a 0.4 percent annual rate in fourth-quarter 2012, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning.

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3:23 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Snap! Miami Heat's Streak Ends At 27

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James during Wednesday night's loss to the Chicago Bulls, which snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak.
Brian Kersey UPI /Landov

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 4:40 am

In the end, the Heat couldn't take it.

LeBron James and his Miami teammates saw their win streak end at 27 games when they got gored in Chicago on Wednesday night — losing to the Bulls by a score of 101-97.

So the Los Angeles Lakers' 33-game run, set during the 1971-72 season, still stands as the NBA record.

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2:29 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Judge Rules Pistorius Can Leave South Africa

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competing during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 4:36 am

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius can travel outside his native South Africa while he awaits trial for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, a judge in Pretoria ruled Thursday.

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2:04 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Banks In Cyprus Reopen As Island's Economy Hits Reboot

At a Laiki Bank branch in Nicosia, Cyprus, early Thursday, customers lined up to be among the first allowed in.
Yannis Behrakis Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 3:54 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': What makes for a good tax haven?
  • From 'Morning Edition': Joanna Kakissis reports

Banks in Cyprus reopened Thursday morning — after two weeks in which they had to keep their doors closed as European leaders worked out a bailout deal for the island's struggling financial sector in a bid to keep its problems from triggering similar crises in other ailing EU nations.

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7:18 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Votes May Be There To Strike Down DOMA, But There's A Big 'If'

Demonstrators gathered again outside the Supreme Court Wednesday as the time approached for another case to be heard about issues related to same-sex marriage.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:52 am

  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: If the court strikes down DOMA, what would be the grounds?
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: An interesting exchange about the 'power' of DOMA opponents.
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: On what happens if the court declines to decide.

(We most recently updated the top of this post at 1:45 p.m. ET.)

There seem to be four solid votes on the Supreme Court — and possibly a fifth — to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages, NPR's Nina Totenberg told us after Wednesday's oral arguments before the nine justices.

But there's a big "if."

As in: There's possibly a 5-vote majority to strike down the law if the court first decides it should even issue an opinion.

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6:52 am
Wed March 27, 2013

NPR Wins Peabody Award For Coverage Of Conflict In Syria

In this image taken July 16, 2012, and provided by Edlib News Network, a Syrian girl holds a poster that reads, "Greetings from Kfarnebel's children to the Free Syrian Army soldiers in Damascus," during a demonstration in Kfarnebel, Syria. The image was part of an "inside rebel-held Syria" series of stories by NPR's Kelly McEvers.
AP

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:07 am

Praising their "detailed reportage, often from dangerous locations," the judges of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards have singled out NPR's Kelly McEvers and Deborah Amos for their coverage of the conflict in Syria.

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4:07 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Did Team USA 'Win' Its 0-0 Match With Mexico?

Javier Aquino (No. 11) of Mexico fights for the ball with DaMarcus Beasley of the U.S. during their team's match Tuesday in Mexico City. The game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Miguel Tovar Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:16 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on the U.S.-Mexico match

Soccer fans, lend us your expertise.

The 0-0 tie Tuesday night at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City is being hailed this morning as basically a victory for Team USA over its archrival, Mexico's national team.

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3:10 am
Wed March 27, 2013

VIDEO: Bus Driver Keeps His Head As Light Pole Smashes Through Windshield

Bus driver Mao Zhihao saw that blue light pole just in time. It came smashing through the windshield, but he was able to get out of the way.
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Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 6:38 am

(Note: Don't click on the videos we're writing about here unless you're prepared to be scared.)

Mao Zhihao is lucky to be alive, and his passengers are lucky he reacted quickly.

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2:22 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Petraeus Apologizes, Says Fall From Grace Was 'My Own Doing'

Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus during his address Tuesday at the University of Southern California.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 6:33 am

Stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight for one of the first times since he resigned from his job last November because of an extramarital affair, former CIA Director David Petraeus said Tuesday night he is "keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing."

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1:42 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Day 1 Didn't Tell Us Too Much About Day 2 Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases

An artist's sketch of the scene inside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 6:22 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': Nina Totenberg previews Wednesday's case

As we wait for the Supreme Court to convene again at 10 a.m. ET and begin the second of two historic days of oral arguments focusing on legal issues surrounding same-sex marriage, there's a natural question:

Did Day 1 — a case about California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage — tell us much about how the justices will tackle Wednesday's case?

NPR's Nina Totenberg told us Tuesday that the short answer is no.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Deke Richards, Motown Producer And Songwriter, Dies

  • Listen: A bit of The Jackson Five singing 'ABC'
  • NPR's Neda Ulaby on Deke Richards

Once we mention them, get these Jackson 5 songs out of your head:

-- "ABC"

-- "I Want You Back"

Or how about "Love Child" from The Supremes?

Deke Richards, "leader of the Motown songwriting, arranging and producing team known as The Corporation" that came up with those and many other hits, has died.

Richards was 68. According to Universal Music, he passed away at a hospice in Bellingham, Wash., from esophageal cancer.

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5:10 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Happening Now: Supreme Court Hears First Of Two Gay-Marriage Cases

The line was long Tuesday outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as spectators came to hear the oral arguments about California's Proposition 8.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 9:45 am

  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: Three key points about Tuesday's court hearing

(Our most recent update was at 12:50 p.m. ET.)

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4:29 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Home Prices Rose Again In January

A newly built home in San Diego.
Mike Blake Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 7:07 am

The housing recovery continues:

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3:42 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Women's Hoops: UConn Rolls As Kansas And Oklahoma Score Upsets

Connecticut's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis shoots over Vanderbilt's Elan Brown during the team's game Monday night in Storrs, Conn.
Bill Shettle CSM /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 6:07 am

If it's March and there's madness, then the University of Connecticut women's basketball team must be in the middle of it all.

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2:58 am
Tue March 26, 2013

In Afghanistan: Kerry Wraps Up Trip; Police, U.K. Troops Targeted In Attacks

Secretary of State John Kerry using his head Tuesday in Kabul, where he met the captain of that nation's women's soccer team.
Jason Reed Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 5:57 am

Tuesday's news from Afghanistan underscores the challenges that remain as the U.S. and its allies try to hand over security to that nation's military and police.

-- "5 Afghan Police Killed In Suicide Attack In East": The Associated Press writes that "eight suicide bombers attacked a police headquarters in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, killing five officers and wounding four others, a security official said."

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1:34 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Italian Court Orders Retrial For Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox, in March 2011.
Tiziana Fabi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 5:18 am

Amanda Knox, the young American whose murder conviction in Italy captured attention around the world, learned Tuesday that Italy's highest court has overturned a lower court's 2011 decision to dismiss that verdict.

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8:51 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Florida Gulf Coast University: This Year's Cinderella Story In 10 Shots

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles mascot picks up an Eagles cheerleader after the team's 81-71 victory against the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 12:59 pm

There's no bigger sports story in the nation this week than what Florida Gulf Coast University's team did during the first weekend of the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship.

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7:05 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Anthony Lewis, Journalist Who Transformed Supreme Court Coverage, Dies

Journalist Anthony Lewis in 2003.
Matthew Peyton Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 7:11 am

Anthony Lewis, whose "thorough knowledge" of the Supreme Court's work "allowed him to write authoritatively and accessibly about difficult points," has died, The New York Times writes.

Lewis, twice a Pulitzer Prize winner, was 85.

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6:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Ford Sorry For Mocked-up Ads In India Showing Bound And Gagged Women

The Ford Figo when it was introduced to India in 2009. A set of edgy illustrations about the car from Ford's ad agency in India have drawn fire.
Manan Vatsyayana AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 6:33 am

Illustrations produced by an Indian ad agency showing scantily clad cartoon women bound, gagged and stuffed into the hatch of a Ford Figo have led both the car company and the ad agency's parent to issue apologies.

The images, according to FirstPost.Business, were "scam ads — ads that are created not to sell products and services, but to win awards at awards shows such as the Abby or at Cannes."

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3:32 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Cypriots Are Suspicious, But Bailout Deal Seems Set

A Cypriot man held some coins in Nicosia on Sunday. He and others on the island nation were watching anxiously as world leaders put together a bailout package for Cypriot banks.
Katia Christodoulou EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:01 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports

The deal we posted about Sunday evening — a $13 billion bailout by international creditors for the beleaguered banking system on Cyprus — is being met with skepticism on that Mediterranean island nation.

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2:47 am
Mon March 25, 2013

3 Things You Need To Know About The Weekend's Basketball Action

Florida Gulf Coast players Eddie Murray (No. 23) and Chase Fieler (No. 20) celebrate their win Sunday over San Diego State. The game was played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 5:00 am

Didn't have time to watch or didn't really care? If you're not up to speed on the weekend's news from the men's and women's Division I college basketball championships, but want to be armed with a few things to talk about if someone brings up basketball today, here goes:

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1:32 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Spring Is Just A State Of Mind As Wintry Weather Wallops Much Of Nation

In St. Louis on Sunday the sliding — even without a sled — was good. The area got 6 to 12 inches of new snow over the weekend.
Bill Greenblatt UPI /Landov

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 4:49 am

The calendar says one thing, but the snow, slush and ice coating the nation from the Central Rockies through parts of the Midwest and on into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast say something else entirely.

Technically, it's spring.

In reality, winter still hasn't let go.

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5:06 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Let's Do A March Madness 'Anti-Bracket': Pick The Upsets

St. Mary's' Matthew Dellavedova goes up for a basket against Yale Bulldogs' Justin Sears and Michael Grace.
Jose Carlos Fajardo MCT /Landov

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 2:22 pm

Everybody's trying to pick the winners in this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. Even President Obama is in on the fun (though he hasn't been that good in recent years at figuring out who will be the champion at the end).

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6:37 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Lululemon Vows To Get To The Bottom Of Its See-Through Pants Problem

Perhaps not the moment when you want "increased sheerness."
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Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 8:51 am

The buns ... er, puns ... seem endless:

Lululemon, the yoga and running clothier, concedes in a letter to its customers that some of the black "luon women's bottoms" it has been selling since early March aren't quite covering their "guests" the way they should.

As Lululemon puts it, there's been some "increased sheerness."

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5:44 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Two Steubenville Girls Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Rape Victim

Jason Cohn Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 7:16 am

The 16-year-old girl raped by two Ohio high school football players in a crime that has attracted wide attention has also been the victim of online harassment, the state's top prosecutor said late Monday.

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4:57 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Former Student Planned To Stage Attack At Central Florida University

Former University of Central Florida student James Seevakumaran, who police say was planning to attack others in one of the school's dormitories. He killed himself instead.
Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel MCT /Landov

"It could have been a very bad day for everyone here."

That's University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary's conclusion after seeing the evidence that a former student at the school "drafted plans to kill others in his dormitory but changed his mind early Monday and took only his own life," The Orlando Sentinel writes.

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4:24 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Top Stories: Pope's Pledge To Protect Poor; Dueling Claims In Syria

Pope Francis as he arrived in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday for his inaugural Mass.
Alessandro Bianchi Reuters /Landov
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4:03 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Accident During Live-Fire Exercise Kills At Least Seven Marines In Nevada

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 12:43 pm

  • NPR's Tom Bowman, reporting for our Newscast Desk

At least seven Marines are dead and another seven are injured after an accident Monday night in Nevada in which a mortar round exploded inside an artillery tube, military officials tell NPR's Tom Bowman.

The Marines were taking part in a live-fire exercise, those officials say. "Shell fragments, I'm told, killed almost three [Marines] immediately," Tom says. The others died before they could be evacuated to a hospital.

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