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
8:00 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Jobs Report Coming; Weak Growth Expected

Dirk Nowitzki (R) of the Dallas Mavericks shoots over Udonis Haslem (L) of the Miami Heat during Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday (June 2, 2011) in Miami. Nowitzki hit the decisive layup with 3.6 seconds remaining as the Mavericks rallied to beat the Heat 95-93.
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Good morning.

As we've already reported, there's word from The Hague that former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic made his first appearance before a U.N. war crimes court today. A defiant Mladic rejected what he said are the "obnoxious charges" against him. He's accused of ordering the deaths of thousands during the wars that ripped apart the former Yugoslavia in the '90s.

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Fri June 3, 2011

'Children's Friday' Protests Called In Syria; Internet Access Cut?

From a Facebook page created about Hamza.
Facebook.com/hamza.alshaheed

The death of 13-year-old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, allegedly after he was tortured by authorities, continues to rock Syria.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Mladic Rejects 'Obnoxious Charges,' Refuses To Enter Plea

Ratko Mladic, during his appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, earlier today (June 3, 2011).
Serge Ligtenberg Getty Images

"Former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic told a United Nations war crimes court Friday he is 'a gravely ill man' and refused to enter pleas to 'obnoxious charges' alleging he orchestrated the worst atrocities of a war that claimed 100,000 lives," The Associated Press reports from The Hague.

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The Two-Way
4:32 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

U.S. Military Will Always Have 'A Full Menu,' Secretary Gates Says

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, while on a Black Hawk helicopter flying above Kandahar province in Afghanistan on March 8, 2011.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Soaring health care and pay costs have made it difficult for the U.S. military to "significantly increase our ... capabilities" in recent years, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates says.

The Pentagon's health care bill alone, he tells All Things Considered host Robert Siegel during a conversation for today's broadcast, has "gone from $19 billion in [the year] 2000 to $55 billion now."

Getting such costs under control will remain critical to ongoing efforts to be ready for future challenges, adds Gates.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Romney Launches His Bid; Says President Obama 'Has Failed America'

Saying that "Barack Obama has failed America," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney just officially launched his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Romney, who also sought the GOP nomination in 2008, used a farm in Stratham, N.H., as the backdrop for the announcement.

Over at It's All Politics, our colleague Frank James writes that Romney may be the Republican who scares Democrats the most.

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