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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5:33am

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Snowden Hopes For Temporary Asylum In Russia

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:02 pm

Edward Snowden, center, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Friday. At left is WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison. The woman at right is unidentified at this time.
Courtesy of Human Rights Watch

(We most recently added information to the top of this post at 11:15 a.m. ET. Click here for more updates. )

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12:24pm

Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Why We Aren't Assuming Snowden Is On That Jet To Havana

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 2:57 pm

The more northerly route that Aeroflot 150 normally takes.
FlightAware.com

Twitter has been abuzz with speculation that "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden is on Aeroflot Flight 150, which is headed to Havana from Moscow as we write.

What's the supposed evidence?

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11:17am

Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Zimmerman Jury Can Consider Lesser Charge, Judge Says

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 3:32 pm

George Zimmerman in court on Thursday.
Gary W. Green/pool Reuters/Landov

The jury weighing the guilt or innocence of the man accused in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin can consider convicting George Zimmerman on a lesser charge of manslaughter, the judge ruled Thursday morning.

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10:17am

Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Paula Deen Comic To Be Published In Fall

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:39 am

The cover of Bluewater Productions' upcoming "Female Force: Paula Deen" comic book.
Courtesy of Bluewater Productions

Paula Deen, the celebrity cook who has seen her TV shows and corporate sponsorships disappear in recent weeks because of reports about her past use of the N-word, is going to be the star of a comic book this fall, a publisher says.

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8:36am

Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:55 am

There were 360,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits filed last week, up 16,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The "four-week moving average," which gives a sense of the recent trend, "was 351,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average of 345,750."

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