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
10:42 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Michael Vick Returned To NFL After Prison; Plaxico Burress Next?

After nearly two years in prison on a gun charge, former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was released this morning.

Now, the watch is on to see if he plays in the National Football League again.

There is, of course, recent precedent to cite. After nearly two years in prison on a conviction related to dog fighting, quarterback Michael Vick, once a star with the Atlanta Falcons, returned to the league in 2009 and to stardom with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Strauss-Kahn Enters Not Guilty Plea

In what The Associated Press decribes as a "strong voice," former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn this morning pleaded not guilty to the charge that he attempted to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel last month.

As the AP adds, "the 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn is on house arrest under armed guard. The French politician resigned his IMF post after his May 14 arrest."

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Five Deaths Are U.S. Military's Largest Single-Day Loss In Iraq Since 2009

The deaths of five American troops today in central Iraq makes for an awful milestone. It is "the single largest loss of life for the American military in Iraq in the past two years," The Associated Press notes.

And, "the deaths raised to 4,459 the number of American service members who have died in Iraq, according to an Associated Press count."

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Sarah Palin's Had Her Say, Now Let's Hear From Paul Revere

There's been a bit of a kerfuffle the past couple days over something Sarah Palin said about Paul Revere.

The former Alaska governor, 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, potential 2012 GOP presidential contender and Fox News contributor told reporters in New England that Revere "warned the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free."

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Mon June 6, 2011

In Yemen: 'Tenuous Truce' Holds; Saleh's Return In Doubt

In the capital, Sanaa, on Sunday, some Yemeni anti-government protesters celebrated Saleh's departure.
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While there's continued concern that the turmoil in Yemen will give al-Qaida a chance to further embed itself in that country and continue to use it as a staging place for attacks elsewhere, the early reports from there today are that a "tenuous truce" remains in place, as al-Jazeera puts it.

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