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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11:00am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

What's Up With That, Doc? Researchers Make Bunnies Glow

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 11:44 am

Those are bright bunnies. (The photo shows the two that have the "glowing gene," along with their siblings.)
University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine

Like cats and other animals before them, a couple of rabbits are now among the animals that have been genetically manipulated so that they glow green under a black light.

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8:46am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama 'Strongly Condemns' Crackdown In Egypt

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:05 pm

President Obama, speaking Thursday from the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., said the U.S. has canceled joint military exercises with Egypt.
Jacquelyn Martin AP
  • President Obama's comments about the crisis in Egypt; Aug. 15, 2013

"The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt's interim government" that have led to civilians "being killed in the streets," President Obama said Thursday from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where he is vacationing with his family.

He called on Egypt's interim government to lift the state of emergency it has declared and said the U.S. has canceled joint military exercises with Egypt that had been scheduled for September.

"Our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual while civilians are being killed in the streets," Obama said.

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7:48am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

James Bond Parachutist At London Olympics Dies In Accident

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:41 pm

Stuntman Mark Sutton, doubling for actor Daniel Craig (or, as James Bond) during the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics last summer.
Ian Langsdon EPA /LANDOV

"The stuntman who parachuted into the London 2012 opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident," the BBC reports. "Mark Sutton, 42, from Surrey, died Wednesday while wingsuit flying near Martigny, Switzerland. Swiss police investigating the Briton's death said it appeared he had died after crashing into a ridge of rock."

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7:00am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Drop To Pre-Recession Level

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:37 am

The scene at a career fair held by the National Urban League last month in Philadelphia.
Mark Makela Reuters/Landov

There were 320,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

Not only is that 15,000 fewer than had been filed the week before, it's also the lowest number for any single week since before the U.S. economy officially slipped into its most recent recession, in December 2007.

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6:20am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: 'Sideways Rocket Hop' By SpaceX Prototype

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 11:50 am

The "Grasshopper" during its hop into the air.
SpaceX

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