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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11:07am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

REI Executive Tapped For Interior; Geithner Joins Council On Foreign Relations

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 1:29 pm

Sally Jewell, president and CEO of REI, who is in line to be the next secretary of interior.
Ron Sachs EPA /Landov

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET. It's Official:

Praising Sally Jewell as an executive who turned outdoors equipment retailer REI into one of the nation's most successful and environmentally conscious companies, President Obama just said he is nominating her to be his next interior secretary.

Noting that Jewell, who in a previous job worked as an engineer for Mobil, has also climbed mountains in Antarctica, the president joked about that being "just not something I think of doing."

Our original post:

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8:43am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:24 am

Birthday cards for Ethan have been arriving at the town hall in Napier Field, Ala., where he lives.
Joe Songer AL.COM /Landov

8:11am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

The Iron Is Out, A Cat Is In As 'Monopoly' Changes Game Pieces

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:33 pm

The newest Monopoly token: Cat.
Courtesy of Hasbro

Scottie the dog is not going to like this news:

Monopoly fans have voted to add a cat to the classic game's cast of eight playing pieces. Getting the boot: Well, it wasn't the boot. It's the iron that got flattened.

The results of Hasbro's Facebook vote were revealed on NBC-TV's Today Show.

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7:53am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Postal Service Will Move To Halt Saturday Mail

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:57 pm

Letter carrier Raymond Hou delivering mail on his route in San Francisco (March 2010 file photo).
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

(We updated the top of this post at 10:37 a.m. ET.)

Calling it "absolutely necessary" if the U.S. Postal Service is going to stop losing billions of dollars a year and reach anything close to financial stability, Postmaster Gen. Patrick Donahoe confirmed Wednesday morning that USPS is moving to eliminate Saturday delivery of first-class mail.

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6:27am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Boy Scouts Delay Decision About Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:48 am

A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.
Tom Pennington Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Kathy Lohr on the Boy Scouts' debate

(We updated the top of this post at 10:45 a.m. ET.)

The Boy Scouts of America now intends to vote in May about whether its troops should be allowed to accept gay members and leaders, a spokesman says.

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