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
11:09 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Strauss-Kahn At Courthouse; Deal Reported For Release Without Bail

Just as Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived at a Manhattan federal court this hour for a hearing on the sexual assault charges against him, there was word from several media outlets (including The Associated Press and NPR) that sources with knowledge of the decision say prosecutors have agreed he can be released without bail.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Neptune's Day Is Shorter Than Was Thought

An image of Neptune taken by Voyager 2 in 1989.
NASA

Neptunians presumably already knew this.

A day on the gaseous giant apparently doesn't last 16 hours and six minutes, as we Earthlings have long thought.

Instead, according to University of Arizona astronomer Erich Karkoschka, the planet completes a rotation every "15 hours, 57 minutes and 59 seconds."

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Best Fast-Food Chains? 'Consumer Reports' Readers Weigh In

Chipoltle Mexican Grill scored well with Consumer Reports readers.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Nearly 37,000 Consumer Reports subscribers responded online to the magazine's first major survey about fast-food chains and the results are in:

-- "For burger fans, In-N-Out Burger rated highest"

-- "Chipotle Mexican Grill was among the best of 8 leading Mexican food chains."

-- "One chicken chain topped the rest hands down: Chick-fil-A."

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Glenn Beck Bids Farewell To Fox; He's 'Running To Something,' Not Away

Conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck said Thursday during his final show on Fox News Channel that his critics will soon "pray for the time when I was only on the air for one hour a day."

And, The Associated Press writes, Beck "said he wanted to be more than a commentator and that he was not running away from anything. 'I'm running to something,' he said."

He's now preparing to launch a two-hour live show on GBTV.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Minnesota Government Shuts Down; NBA Moves To Lock Out Players

Good morning.

The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be collapsing, as we reported earlier, and the White House wants a deal on the debt ceiling and budget deficit by July 22.

Other stories making headlines include:

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