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
10:15 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Number Of Domain Names To Explode; Effect Debated

In voting today to dramatically expand what can be used as suffixes in Internet domain names, have the regulators of that world made the Web a whole lot more democratic or kicked off what are sure to be some expensive and extended battles over trademarks?

Perhaps both.

As The Associated Press writes:

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Greece 'Teeters;' NATO Admits 'Weapons Systems Failure'

Good morning.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, as we reported earlier, today blamed "saboteurs" for the violence in his country — even though human rights groups and protesters say it is government forces who have been responsible for most of the deaths in recent weeks.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Winds Whip Fires Again; McCain Puts Some Blame On Illegal Immigrants

In southern Arizona, the so-called Monument wildfire has now forced "10,000 people from 4,300 homes" to flee the area, according to The Associated Press.

Winds whipped the flames on Sunday. Firefighters may get a break today: Winds are projected to reach "just 10 mph," the AP says.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Assad Blames 'Saboteurs' For Syria's Crisis; Delivers 'Mixed Messages'

Blaming "saboteurs" for the protests against his regime, Syrian President Bashar Assad today delivered an address to his nation that analysts are saying signals his government will continue to hold a hard line even as he also speaks about the legitimate demands for reform that protesters are making.

Al-Jazeera says Assad gave "mixed messages":

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Biden, Boehner, Kasich, Obama: Who Would Be Most Fun To Golf With?

Dec. 29, 2008, file photo: Barack Obama (then the president-elect) golfing in Hawaii.
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A not-at-all serious question:

We ask because, as All Thing Considered host Robert Siegel said Thursday:

"When the most politically powerful foursome in America tees off on Saturday, they will not play the most notable round of golf in the Washington, D.C., area. Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, which is just beyond the District Line, is home to this year's U.S. Open, and on Saturday, it'll be time for round three.

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