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
7:20 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Gangster 'Whitey' Bulger, Who Used To 'Own' Boston, Captured

James "Whitey" Bulger. From his page on the website of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.
FBI.gov

A man who is about as notorious in Boston as al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden was captured Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif.

James "Whitey" Bulger, a gangster wanted for his alleged role in 19 murders who turned his FBI handlers into informants and is accused of using information he got from them to kill his enemies, had been on the run for 16 years.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Troops Hope Most 'Trigger-Pullers' Stay As Withdrawal Begins

Good morning.

Reactions are coming in to President Obama's announcement last night that the U.S. will bring about 33,000 military personnel home from Afghanistan by the fall of 2012.

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The Two-Way
7:39 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Live-Blog: The President Lays Out His Plan For Afghanistan

Darryl St. George, a Navy Corpsman with Weapons Co. 2/8 Marines, during a foot patrol this month in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

President Obama is telling the nation tonight how fast and how soon the U.S. will start drawing down the number of troops it has in Afghanistan. He's going to talk specifically about the 33,000 or so military personnel who were added to the campaign there in the "surge" he announced in December 2009, and in broader terms about the length and size of the U.S. mission.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Pulitzer-Winning Reporter: I Am An Undocumented Immigrant

Originally published on Wed June 22, 2011 5:01 pm

Watch in coming days to see how this story plays out in the always hot immigration debate:

Jose Antonio Vargas, a reporter who shared a Pulitzer Prize when he was with The Washington Post, reveals today that he is an "undocumented immigrant" and that he has over the years obtained (with help) a series of false documents to conceal that fact from employers.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Economic Recovery Continues, But Is Slower Than Expected, Fed Says

"The economic recovery is continuing at a moderate pace, though somewhat more slowly" than they had expected, policymakers at the Federal Reserve just reported.

In a statement issued at the conclusion of their latest meetings, the central bankers said that data collected since April indicate that growth has been hurt by:

-- "Higher food and energy prices" that are cutting into consumer spending.

-- "Supply chain disruptions associated with the tragic events in Japan."

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