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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5:02am

Fri November 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Wait Continues In The Philippines: 'We Have Nothing To Eat'

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 9:02 pm

A boy stands amid ruins in Tacloban, the Philippines. The city of 220,000 was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
David Gilkey NPR

Aid is starting to get to some of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, but the sad news from the Philippines on Friday is that for many of the storm's victims things still aren't much better after a week without adequate food, water or shelter.

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9:33am

Thu November 14, 2013
The Two-Way

What Amazing Thing Did Toronto's Mayor Say Today?

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:59 am

Mayor Rob Ford was wearing a Toronto Argonauts football jersey when at City Hall on Thursday. He was also making some rather crude comments in response to some of the latest allegations about his behavior.
Mark Blinch Reuters /Landov

After admitting to smoking crack, to buying illegal drugs and to more than once being in a drunken stupor, it would seem like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford couldn't say anything else that would really shock anyone.

Well ...

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9:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Moves To Delay Cancellations Of Insurance Plans

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 11:18 am

President Barack Obama speaking at the White House on Thursday.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images
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President Obama announced Thursday that Americans who have had their health insurance plans canceled because of his Affordable Care Act can keep those plans for another year if they wish.

Those cancellations — most effective on Jan. 1 — have sparked intense criticism of the ACA, in part because the president pledged many times that if Americans liked the health plans they had, they wouldn't have to give them up under the terms of his program.

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8:23am

Thu November 14, 2013
The Two-Way

JPMorgan's Payments To China's Elite Being Probed: Report

Wen Jiabao, when he was China's premier, at a banquet in 2010.
Barbara Walton/pool AFP/Getty Images

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, N.Y., are looking into $1.8 million that JPMorgan Chase paid to a two-person firm in China from 2006 to 2008, The New York Times reports.

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7:41am

Thu November 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Secret Service Shaken By New Report Of Misconduct

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 8:35 am

Secret Service agents stood watch earlier this month as President Obama arrived at Dallas Love Field airport.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

A Secret Service supervisor has been removed from his post on the team that protects President Obama and another supervisor has been shifted to a different position after allegations of misconduct that have "sent tremors through an agency still trying to restore its elite reputation," The Washington Post reports.

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