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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8:38am

Thu November 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Yellen's Nomination To Fed Gets OK From Senate Committee

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 9:55 am

Janet Yellen during her confirmation hearing earlier this month. She's expected to win Senate approval to take over as head of the Federal Reserve.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

By a 14-8 vote that saw three Republicans join 11 Democrats in saying "aye," the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday morning approved the nomination of Janet Yellen to be the next head of the Federal Reserve.

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7:46am

Thu November 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Family Asks North Korea To Release 85-Year-Old American

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 9:53 am

North Korean soldiers march through Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. Merrill Newman, an American grandfather, has been missing since being removed from a plane about to depart North Korea on Oct. 26.
ED JONES AFP/Getty Images

The family and friends of an 85-year-old California grandfather have appealed to North Korean officials to release the man, who reportedly has been held by authorities in the communist state since Oct. 26.

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6:59am

Thu November 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims And Wholesale Prices Drop

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 9:47 am

Part of the scene at a job fair for veterans and family members earlier this month in Marietta, Ga.
David Goldman AP

While it's always important to keep in mind that neither one week nor one month make for a trend, there is good economic news to pass along:

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6:18am

Thu November 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Says U.S. Will Respect Afghan Sovereignty

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 10:15 am

A member of the Afghan Loya Jirga listens as the more than 2,000 elders begin debating a proposed U.S.-Afghan security pact on Thursday in Kabul.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

As Afghan elders debate whether to approve a proposed security agreement with the U.S., there's word that President Obama has said the U.S. will respect Afghanistan's sovereignty and carry out raids on Afghan homes only under extraordinary circumstances, The Associated Press writes.

The wire service says Obama made that pledge in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. It adds that:

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5:46am

Thu November 21, 2013
The Two-Way

It's Away! Cargo Jet That Landed At Wrong Airport Takes Off

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 4:54 pm

Grounded: The Boeing 747 Dreamlifter that mistakenly landed Wednesday at Jabara airport in Wichita, Kan.
Jaime Green MCT/Landov

Update at 2:17 p.m. ET. In The Air:

Moments ago a massive Boeing 747 "Dreamlifter" cargo jet that mistakenly landed at a small municipal airport late Wednesday took off with a roar from an airfield with a runway much shorter than a jet that size usually uses.

We were watching an NBC News webcast as the big jet took off.

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