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
10:55 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Service Sector Has Now Grown For 19 Straight Months, Report Says

Though growth in the service sector slowed a bit in June, that key part of the economy has now expanded for 19 consecutive months, the private Institute for Supply Management reported this morning.

Its service sector index stood at 53.3 percent, a 1.3 percentage points decline from May but still above the 50 percent mark that is said to be the line between growth and contraction.

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Jurors' Thinking In Casey Anthony Trial Starts To Emerge

Tuesday (July 5, 2011): Casey Anthony reacts to being found not guilty on murder charges.
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The day-after stories about the not-guilty verdict for Florida mother Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in a case that has dominated the tabloids and cable news networks, include a clue to what the jurors were thinking.

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The Two-Way
9:20 am
Wed July 6, 2011

India's Supreme Court Takes Steps To Protect $22 Billion Treasure

The stunning news Eyder posted Tuesday about a $22 billion treasure in the vaults of a Hindu temple in southern India is followed today by word that:

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Wed July 6, 2011

200 Somalis Presumed Dead After Boat Sinks Off Sudan

Sarura Ali (right) covered her eyes from wind-blown dust as she stood with her six children outside a food distribution point in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya on Tuesday (July 5, 2011). Sarura, her husband and their children trekked for eight days from their home in Sakow, Somalia. War and drought are forcing many Somalis to take desperate measures.
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"About 200 people drowned in the Red Sea [Tuesday]," the BBC writes, "when a boat carrying migrants to Saudi Arabia sank off Sudan's coast after catching fire, Sudanese media says. Only three people have been rescued, according to the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC), a state-linked news agency. A governing party official told the BBC he believed the passengers were Somalis likely to be fleeing the drought."

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Wed July 6, 2011

U.K.'s Hacking Scandal Grows; Minnesota's Shutdown Continues

Good morning.

For dramatic videos, check out the post we put up earlier about last night's dust storm in Phoenix.

We've also already filed on the Obama administration's decision to bring a terrorism suspect from Somalia to New York City for trial in a civilian criminal court.

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