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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5:16am

Fri September 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Iran's New Leader Calls For 'Constructive Dialogue'

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:00 am

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani earlier this month.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images
  • On 'Morning Edition': Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani uses the op-ed pages of The Washington Post on Friday to:

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4:45am

Fri September 20, 2013
The Two-Way

13 People Shot In Chicago; 3-Year-Old Most Seriously Wounded

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 10:24 am

The scene late Thursday at a park in Chicago's South Side after a shooting there in which 13 people were wounded.
Paul Beaty AP
  • From the NPR Newscast: Cheryl Corley reports on the shootings in Chicago
  • On 'Morning Edition': "After Shooting Tragedies, States React With Legislation"

(Our most recent update, at 12:15 p.m. ET., is here.)

A work week that began with a mass shooting in Washington, D.C., that left 12 victims dead concludes with a mass shooting in Chicago in which 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, were wounded.

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9:50am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Tom DeLay's Conviction Overturned On Appeal

Former House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in 2011.
Ben Sklar Getty Images

An appeals court in Texas has overturned the 2010 conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who had been found guilty of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates during the 2002 campaign cycle.

DeLay, a Republican, had been out on bail while appealing his conviction and the three-year prison sentence he was handed afterward.

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8:15am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Putin 'Doesn't Believe In You,' McCain Tells Russian People

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:50 am

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

In a stinging response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's put-down of "American exceptionalism," Arizona Sen. John McCain told Russians Thursday that Putin "doesn't believe in you."

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7:44am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Whale Of A Fine: JPMorgan Chase To Pay $920M In Penalties

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:39 am

The JPMorgan Chase building in London, where traders ran up huge losses.
Timur Emek AP

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to acknowledge that it violated federal securities laws and will pay $920 million in penalties assessed by regulators in the U.S. and U.K. to settle charges related to the huge trading losses racked up by its London traders last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday morning.

As we wrote earlier this week when word of the pending settlement first emerged, this all:

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