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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9:27am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Whoa Canada! New Currency Has 'Wrong' Maple Leaf?

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 12:05 pm

That's not the right leaf, botanists say.
Bank of Canada

A hubbub's been building up north for the past week or so about the maple leaf on Canada's new $20 bills.

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9:19am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Fell In December, But Were Up Sharply In 2012

A "sold" sign outside a home under construction last fall in Peoria, Ill.
Daniel Acker Landov

Though there was a 7.3 percent drop in sales of new homes in December from November, sales were up a healthy 8.8 percent from December 2011, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report.

Homes sold at a annual rate of 369,000 last month.

Over the whole year, the agencies estimate, there were 367,000 new homes sold — up 19.9 percent from the 306,000 sold in 2011.

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8:04am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Really Cool Video: 'Shroud Of Cold Air Descends On The U.S.'

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 9:28 am

An image from the animated look at how cold air has spread over the nation.
NOAAVisualizations

7:13am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Snow And Ice Spread; Senate Tweaks Filibuster Rules

There was plenty to shovel early Friday in Durham, Pa. More winter weather is on the way for much of the nation.
Owen Humphreys PA Photos /Landov

Good morning.

The stories making headlines today include:

-- " 'March For Life' Rally Expected To Draw Huge Crowd In Washington." (Our first post of the day.)

-- "Snow, Ice Target Midwest, East." (The Weather Channel)

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6:21am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

'March For Life' Rally Draws Large Crowd In Washington

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:54 pm

An anti-abortion activist at the March for Life rally Friday in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Organizers say today's March for Life rally in the nation's capital may bring more anti-abortion activists to the streets than last year's estimated 400,000. By midday, a large crowd was gathered in the National Mall, listening to speeches from former GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum and others and preparing to march toward the Capitol and the Supreme Court.

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