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
10:25 am
Fri June 3, 2011

John Edwards Indicted On Charges Related To Money Given To Mistress

John Edwards, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004 and a leading contender for the party's presidential nomination in 2008, was indicted by a grand jury in North Carolina today on charges connected to money given to his mistress that came from two of Edwards' political supporters.

As The Associated Press, which broke the news of the indictment, writes:

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Presidential Palace Attacked In Yemen

The official line from the government in Yemen is that President Ali Abdullah Saleh is "alive and will soon make a nationwide address," Reuters reports, following word of an attack on the presidential palace and an earlier claim by some in the opposition that he had been killed.

The Associated Press says it's been told by a government official that Saleh was slightly injured. Yemen's deputy prime minister was more seriously injured, according to the official.

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The Two-Way
8:43 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Dr. Jack Kevorkian Has Died, His Lawyer Says

Dr. Jack Kevorkian in June, 1998.
Jeff Kowalsky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:46 am

"Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who put assisted suicide on the world's medical ethics stage, died this morning between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., said his lawyer Mayer Morganroth." (Detroit Free Press)

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Jobless Rate Ticks Up To 9.1 Percent; Only 54,000 Jobs Added

The May employment report was weaker than expected.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

-- The unemployment rate edged up to 9.1 percent from 9.0 percent in April. It had been expected to hold steady or perhaps even edge down a tenth of a point.

-- There were only 54,000 jobs added to businesses' and government payrolls, well below the 150,000 or so that had been forecast and nowhere near the pace needed to reduce unemployment.

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Fri June 3, 2011

For 'National Doughnut Day,' The Salvation Army's Original Recipe

Mmmm.
Robert Sullivan. AFP/Getty Images

We must note that today is the 73rd National Doughnut Day — a celebration of tasty goodness that honors the work done by the Salvation Army and the "lassies" who made doughnuts for soldiers in World War I and World War II.

If you hit a Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and some local stores, there could be a free doughnut for you (Dunkin Donuts requires a beverage purchase; Krispy Kreme does not). And Salvation Army workers may be on hand to take donations.

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