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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6:29am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Rules Pistorius Can Leave South Africa

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:36 am

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competing during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty Images

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius can travel outside his native South Africa while he awaits trial for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, a judge in Pretoria ruled Thursday.

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6:04am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Banks In Cyprus Reopen As Island's Economy Hits Reboot

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:54 am

At a Laiki Bank branch in Nicosia, Cyprus, early Thursday, customers lined up to be among the first allowed in.
Yannis Behrakis Reuters /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': What makes for a good tax haven?
  • From 'Morning Edition': Joanna Kakissis reports

Banks in Cyprus reopened Thursday morning — after two weeks in which they had to keep their doors closed as European leaders worked out a bailout deal for the island's struggling financial sector in a bid to keep its problems from triggering similar crises in other ailing EU nations.

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10:00am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Votes May Be There To Strike Down DOMA, But There's A Big 'If'

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 1:52 pm

Demonstrators gathered again outside the Supreme Court Wednesday as the time approached for another case to be heard about issues related to same-sex marriage.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: If the court strikes down DOMA, what would be the grounds?
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: An interesting exchange about the 'power' of DOMA opponents.
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: On what happens if the court declines to decide.

(We most recently updated the top of this post at 1:45 p.m. ET.)

There seem to be four solid votes on the Supreme Court — and possibly a fifth — to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages, NPR's Nina Totenberg told us after Wednesday's oral arguments before the nine justices.

But there's a big "if."

As in: There's possibly a 5-vote majority to strike down the law if the court first decides it should even issue an opinion.

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9:51am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

NPR Wins Peabody Award For Coverage Of Conflict In Syria

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 1:07 pm

In this image taken July 16, 2012, and provided by Edlib News Network, a Syrian girl holds a poster that reads, "Greetings from Kfarnebel's children to the Free Syrian Army soldiers in Damascus," during a demonstration in Kfarnebel, Syria. The image was part of an "inside rebel-held Syria" series of stories by NPR's Kelly McEvers.
AP

Praising their "detailed reportage, often from dangerous locations," the judges of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards have singled out NPR's Kelly McEvers and Deborah Amos for their coverage of the conflict in Syria.

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8:07am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Did Team USA 'Win' Its 0-0 Match With Mexico?

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:16 am

Javier Aquino (No. 11) of Mexico fights for the ball with DaMarcus Beasley of the U.S. during their team's match Tuesday in Mexico City. The game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Miguel Tovar Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on the U.S.-Mexico match

Soccer fans, lend us your expertise.

The 0-0 tie Tuesday night at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City is being hailed this morning as basically a victory for Team USA over its archrival, Mexico's national team.

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