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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7:45am

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Hold At Five-Year Low

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance dipped by 5,000 last week from the week before, to 330,000, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

That means claims remain at a low level not seen since January 2008.

Another measure, the "4-week moving average" that is supposed to give a broader look at the trend, declined by 8,250 — to 351,750.

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6:48am

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Combat? Reaction Of Many Women In Military Is 'Been There, Done That'

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:44 pm

Hospital Corpsman Shannon Crowley, with a Marine Corps. Female Engagement Team, in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, in November 2010.
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  • Tom Bowman reporting for the NPR Newscast
  • From 'Morning Edition': The news on women in combat

Update at 1:40 p.m. ET: Saying that American men and women are "fighting and dying together and the time has come for our policies to recognize that reality," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta confirmed Thursday afternoon that the Pentagon's rule banning women from combat positions is being rescinded.

Panetta said that as the Pentagon works through how to implement the change, the goal will be to "eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service."

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12:47pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

A Tennis Tale: Once Famous, 'Gorgeous Gussie' Dies In Obscurity

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 9:10 am

Gertrude Moran, "Gorgeous Gussie," playing at Wimbledon in 1949. Her attire, which included a bit of lace, shocked some.
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11:38am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

House Passes GOP's Debt-Ceiling Plan; Senate Democrats Offer Their Support

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 1:01 pm

The House of Representatives (Jan. 3 file photo).
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET: By a vote of 285-144, the House just passed a Republican plan that postpones for three months the federal government's next bump up against the so-called debt ceiling.

As we said earlier, the measure would head off another big battle over raising the government's borrowing authority — such as the one in 2011 that almost led to a government shutdown.

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10:27am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Beyonce May Have Been Live And Pre-recorded

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 10:47 am

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