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
9:05 am
Fri September 2, 2011

GOP's Gun Raffle In Giffords' District Sparks Hot Debate

A Glock .40-caliber handgun.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The Pima County (Arizona) Republican Party's decision to raffle off a Glock 23 .40-caliber handgun has generated some sharp criticism because not only is Pima County part of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district, but also because the gun used in January to kill six people and wound 13 others, including Giffords, was a Glock.

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Job Growth Halts; Unemployment Rate Stays At 9.1 Percent

The economy officially slipped into recession in December 2007 and officially came out in mid-2009. Here's a look at the number of jobs from January 2007 through August of this year.
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Originally published on Fri September 2, 2011 9:18 am

There was no net growth in jobs in August and the nation's unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Top Stories: Feds To Sue Banks; Gulf Coast To Get Drenched

In Graford, Texas, on Thursday: Longhorn cattle stood by as a wildfire burned in the distance.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Good morning.

The most anticipated story of the day, which we reported about earlier, is the 8:30 a.m. ET release of the August employment report.

We've also already posted about a strong earthquake that was detected in the last hour off the Aleutian Islands.

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Fri September 2, 2011

7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Felt Off Alaska; Local Tsunami Warning Issued

Where the quake occurred.
West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center

This just happened:

A strong earthquake (preliminary magnitude of 7.1 later revised to 6.8) has been detected in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, about 1,000 miles west southwest of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Stocks Down In Anticipation Of Weak Jobs News

Originally published on Fri September 2, 2011 6:05 am

The August employment report, due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show that the jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent, or ticked higher, and that fewer jobs were added to payrolls than in July, both Reuters and Bloomberg News are reporting.

Each news service is basing their forecasts on surveys of economist.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Powell: 10 Years Later, Americans Must Still Guard Against Fear

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, during an address in Washington, D.C., on March 1, 2010.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

"Terrorists can't change who we are," former Secretary of State Colin Powell told NPR's Steve Inskeep earlier today.

Americans, he said, will only lose touch with the freedom-loving, open society we enjoy if we "take such counsel of our fears that we change who we are."

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It's All Politics
2:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Don't Read Too Much Into His Comment About 2012 Race, Powell Says

President Obama and former Secretary of State Colin Powell at the White House on Dec. 1, 2010.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Though he said this week that he hasn't decided who he'll vote for in the 2012 presidential race, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said today that shouldn't be seen as some sort of message about his opinion of President Obama — the Democrat who Republican Powell famously endorsed in 2008.

"I'm always undecided in every election" until he knows who the candidates are, Powell told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Ron Paul's Wrong About FEMA, Vermont Governor Says

"I would urge Ron Paul and any critics of FEMA to come to Vermont," the state's governor said earlier today on The Takeaway.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), has "an A-team" on the ground in his state, which was crushed by Hurricane Irene-related flooding this week.

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It's All Politics
11:25 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Obama's Speech Will Need To Be Early (Or Short?) To Avoid NFL

If the president's speaking between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET, he'll still be up against Kid Rock and the other performers on the NFL's big pregame show.
Scott Legato Getty Images

"Football fans take comfort," CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller says on his Twitter page. "WH official says Pres Obama's speech next Thursday won't conflict with NFL opening game."

We've looked at the schedule.

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Thu September 1, 2011

No Cash For Kid Who Made $50,000 Hockey Shot

A quick follow-up to the story of the Minnesota family that looked like it had won $50,000 — until dad came forward to say that the boy who had made a lucky hockey shot wasn't the son who was supposed to have taken it:

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