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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4:56am

Thu November 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Twitter Pops To $44.90 A Share In Debut On Wall Street

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 4:43 pm

Will it fly? The Twitter bird logo was decorating a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.
Richard Drew AP

6 p.m. ET: Twitter Shares Close At $44.90

At the end of its first day of public trading, shares of Twitter were valued at $44.90, reflecting a market value of more than $31 billion. The company sold 70 million shares of stock, raising $1.82 billion in the process.

Earlier Thursday, the company's shares soared from their initial public offering price of $26.

2:35 p.m. ET:

As you can see if you click on the player below, Twitter's stock has been trading around $47 a share in recent minutes.

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10:38am

Wed November 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Tests 'Moderately Support' Case That Arafat Was Poisoned

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 10:21 am

Oct. 29, 2004: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat boards a helicopter in Ramallah, the West Bank, for the start of his journey to a hospital in France. He died 2 weeks later.
Scott Nelson Getty Images

Swiss scientists report that tests on the remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat "moderately support" the theory that his 2004 death "was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210."

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9:32am

Wed November 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Splattered Flag-Themed Football Uniforms Have Many Seeing Red

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:01 pm

Part of the special design to be worn by Northwestern University football players on Nov. 16.
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Special uniforms that Northwestern University's football team will wear on Nov. 16 have sparked controversy because of red streaks across the flag-themed patterns that look like blood to many observers.

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7:33am

Wed November 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Astrodoomed? Famed Houston Stadium May Fall To Wrecking Ball

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 11:46 am

An interior shot of the Houston Astrodome taken in 1990. The stadium was "the first fully air-conditioned, enclosed, domed, multipurpose sports stadium in the world," according to the Texas Historical Association.
Tony Duffy Getty Images

Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.

The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.

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5:50am

Wed November 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:57 am

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
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  • On 'Morning Edition': Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep

Health care and retirement costs that already account for a large part of the U.S. military's budget and are on a path to go even higher could leave the nation with "a military that's heavily compensated, but probably a force that's not capable and not ready," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells NPR.

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