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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11:10am

Tue September 10, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Defends Warrantless Searches Of Electronic Devices At Border

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 11:12 am

David House, who had his electronic devices seized when entering the country, successfully pushed to get the government to release information about its warrantless searches.
Elise Amendola AP

This much-talked about story Tuesday from The New York Times ...

"Newly released documents reveal how the government uses border crossings to seize and examine travelers' electronic devices instead of obtaining a search warrant to gain access to the data."

... now includes this response from the Customs and Border Protection agency:

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8:31am

Tue September 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Alcoa's Out & Nike's In As Dow Industrials Gets A Facelift

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:36 am

The Nike "swoosh" on a store in Orlando, Fla.
Getty Images

There aren't many better signs of how much the U.S. economy has changed in recent decades or how some companies are faring than this news:

Alcoa, Hewlett-Packard and Bank of America are being dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average in favor of Nike, Visa and Goldman Sachs.

The changes take effect when trading opens on Sept. 23.

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6:57am

Tue September 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Got 'Ya Web: Jimmy Kimmel Was Behind 'Worst Twerk Fail EVER'

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:47 am

Talk about hot pants: A screen image from the "Worst Twerk Fail EVER" video.
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6:06am

Tue September 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:04 pm

In Washington, D.C., this week, there have been demonstrations both in favor of and against a military strike on targets in Syria. Outside the White House on Monday, supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad waved a Syrian flag with his face on it.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

(We most recently updated this post at 4:02 p.m. ET.)

Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons, as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.

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4:54am

Tue September 10, 2013
The Two-Way

4 Men Convicted In Rape And Murder That Shocked India

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:11 am

A police bus believed to be carrying the four men convicted for the December rape and murder.
Money Sharma EPA/LANDOV
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Julie McCarthy, in New Delhi, speaks with Renee Montagne

Four men convicted Tuesday for the December rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in India are due to learn Wednesday whether they will be sentenced to death by hanging.

From New Delhi, NPR's Julie McCarthy reported on Morning Edition that there's great "political pressure ... to mete out the most extreme punishment." She called the guilty verdicts "a moment that the family [of the victim] and the country has been waiting for."

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