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
8:37 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Jobless Claims Stayed High Last Week

There were 427,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

That's almost unchanged from the 428,000 of the week before and still well above the level — 375,000 or below — that we would typically see if job growth was strong.

Our friends at Planet Money explain the economic ups and downs over here.

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Arizona Wildfire Still Blazing; More Evacuations Ordered

Good morning.

We've already posted about:

-- A New York Times report that the U.S. is ramping up a "secret campaign" of airstrikes aimed at al-Qaida in Yemen.

-- Word from Citigroup that hackers gained access to some credit card customers' data.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Thu June 9, 2011

U.S. Ramping Up 'Secret Campaign' Of Airstrikes In Yemen, 'NYT' Says

One of the attention-getting stories of the day, from this morning's New York Times:

"The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials."

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Hackers Access Citigroup Credit Card Customers' Data

"Citigroup has acknowledged that a computer breach may have given hackers access to the data of hundreds of thousands of bank card customers," The Financial Times reports. It adds that "the U.S. bank on Wednesday revealed details of the breach, which it said it discovered in early May through routine monitoring, after being questioned by the Financial Times."

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Meme Of The Morning: Weiner Pressed To Resign

The drumbeat started Wednesday afternoon, as our colleague Frank James reported over at It's All Politics: "Congressional Democrats are starting to come forward with public calls for Rep. Anthony Weiner to give up his House seat."

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