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
8:35 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Only 18,000 Jobs Added In June, Jobless Rate Edged Up To 9.2 Percent

The nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent in June from 9.1 percent the month before as businesses and government agencies added only 18,000 jobs to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

Both figures are well below the already modest pre-report forecasts from economists.

We'll add more details from the report shortly.

President Obama is scheduled to make a statement about the news at 10:35 a.m. ET, the White House says.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Atlantis Blasts Off On Shuttle Program's Final Mission

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 1:23 pm

Space shuttle Atlantis roared off the launch pad at Florida's Kennedy Space Center this morning, beginning a 12-day mission to the International Space Station that marks the end of NASA's 30-year-old shuttle program.

With hundreds of thousands of people looking on from highways, beaches and balconies along Florida's "Space Coast," and millions more watching on television or the Web, the shuttle and its crew of four lifted off after a morning of uncertainty about whether storms in the area might force a postponement.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Day's Other Major Story: June Jobs Report

Good morning.

As we wait to hear whether Atlantis is still on schedule to launch today on the last mission into space for the space shuttle program, here's a quick look at other stories making headlines.

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The Two-Way
4:45 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Drastic Cutting At The White House: Crews Remove Damaged Tree

As President Obama and Congressional leaders were inside the White House today trying to agree on ways to cut the federal budget, some serious trimming was going on just outside.

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It's All Politics
3:48 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

In First Iowa Ad, Bachmann Touts Roots And Raps 'Wasteful Spending'

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) keeps things simple in her first TV ad in Iowa, which her presidential campaign says starts airing there today.

-- Remind folks you're from the state. Check.

-- Let them know a little about yourself. Check.

-- Vow to fight "wasteful" spending. Check.

-- Make clear you opposed the president's economic stimulus plan. Check.

Here's the script:

"As a descendant of generations of Iowans, I was born and raised in Waterloo.

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