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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4:57am

Mon August 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Talk Of Strike On Syria Moves From 'Will It Happen?' To When

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:06 pm

Ammunition was stacked up Saturday in an area near Damascus that is controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.
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  • On 'Morning Edition': Aaron David Miller speaks with Renee Montagne about the situation in Syria
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Larry Abramson talks with David Greene about the military options

With U.S. officials saying there's little doubt that President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons on the Syrian people last week, and with U.S. Navy ships moving toward that country's coast, it now seems to be a question of "when" not "whether" America will strike military targets inside that nation.

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11:24am

Fri August 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Drop In New Home Sales May Be Sign Higher Rates Are Biting

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 11:59 am

The scene earlier this year at a home construction site in Phoenix.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Proving once again that when it comes to economic data there's almost always a "but" to watch out for:

The housing sector has been one of the economy's stars in recent months, as we said Thursday when the news broke that sales of existing homes rose an estimated 6.5 percent in July from June.

But ...

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9:45am

Fri August 23, 2013
The Two-Way

50,000 Stray Dogs In Detroit? That 'Makes No Sense'

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:23 pm

A disturbing story from Bloomberg News that we posted about on Wednesday — "Detroit's Stray Dog Epidemic: 50,000 Or More Roam The City" — is getting some pushback from Detroit journalist Jeff Wattrick.

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8:11am

Fri August 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Sea Monster? Explanation Is Much Less Mysterious

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 11:33 am

Whatever it is, it's not pretty at this point.
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We like stories about things that wash up on beaches, such as the softball-size eyeball that appeared on the Atlantic Ocean shore in Florida last fall.

So our eyes lit up when we saw this headline: "Mysterious 'Horned' Sea Monster Washes Ashore in Spain; Officials Baffled."

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7:34am

Fri August 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Microsoft CEO Ballmer Retiring Within The Next Year

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:52 pm

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the Microsoft "Build" conference in San Francisco in June.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Steve Ballmer will retire as CEO at Microsoft within the next 12 months, the software giant announced Friday.

According to the company:

"In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most."

Ballmer says in the same statement that:

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