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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8:04am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

New Data Confirm The Economy Isn't Growing As Fast As Hoped

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 9:57 am

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning.

That basically confirms what the agency said a month ago, when it released its initial estimate for gross domestic product growth in the quarter. Then, it reported the economy had expanded at a 2.5 percent pace.

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7:23am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Miranda Lambert's Tears At 'Healing In The Heartland'

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 11:55 am

Miranda Lambert during her performance at Wednesday's Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert in Oklahoma City.
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There were several emotional moments during Wednesday's nationally broadcast "Healing in the Heartland" benefit concert to raise money for victims of the May 20 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., and nearby communities.

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6:43am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

China's 'Pipe Baby' Out Of Hospital; With Mother's Family

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 11:55 am

"Baby 59," who survived being trapped in a sewer pipe, on Wednesday at the Pujiang People's Hospital.
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The newborn boy whose rescue from a sewer pipe in eastern China drew attention around the world earlier this week has been released from a hospital and is now in the care of his mother's family, according to media reports from Beijing.

There's also word that the mother will not be facing any charges. According to The Associated Press:

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6:30am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI Pick Is A Republican With Deep Roots In Law Enforcement

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 12:13 pm

President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey, seen in 2004, to be the next director of the FBI.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Carrie Johnson talks about James Comey

"Name any high office in federal law enforcement ... odds are Jim Comey's had it over the years."

That's some of what NPR's Carrie Johnson had to say early Thursday on Morning Edition about the man who she has been told, by two sources with knowledge of the decision, will be President Obama's choice to be the next director of the FBI.

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12:55pm

Wed May 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Nasdaq Agrees To $10M Penalty For Handling Of Facebook IPO

A year ago, before the initial public offering of stock, Nasdaq and Facebook were quite excited.
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One year after Facebook's troubled initial public offering, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday that it has "charged Nasdaq with securities laws violations resulting from its poor systems and decision-making ... [and that] Nasdaq has agreed to settle the SEC's charges by paying a $10 million penalty."

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