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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8:30am

Tue January 15, 2013

8:11am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Retail Sales Rose As 2012 Ended; Inflation Remained In Check

Shoppers in Manhattan on Christmas Eve last month.
Keith Bedford Reuters /Landov

Retail sales rose 0.5 percent in December from November, the Census Bureau says. That may be a sign that as 2012 ended consumers were still in a shopping mood even as lawmakers in Washington struggled to keep the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

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7:44am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks, Many Listen; But What Was He Saying?

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 10:33 am

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

"Well — he did not --"

Just four words.

No one's sure what he meant.

But just the fact that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was heard saying them Monday is news. After all, the famously silent justice has not asked a question from the High Court's bench since Feb. 22, 2006.

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6:45am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: 'Lance Armstrong Admits Doping'

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 8:34 am

Lance Armstrong in 2010.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Update at 8:10 a.m. ET. Confession Confirmed:

On CBS This Morning moments ago, Oprah Winfrey confirmed that Lance Armstrong admitted to her in an interview recorded Monday that he did use performance-enhancing drugs during a cycling career that included seven Tour de France victories (titles he has since been stripped of).

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6:22am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

White House Plan On Guns To Include 19 Executive Actions, Lawmakers Say

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 12:30 pm

At a gun shop in Phoenix, a customer holds a handgun. Among the executive actions President Obama is expected to propose is an expansion of background checks for gun buyers.
Ralph D. Freso Reuters /Landov

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET. Announcement on Wednesday:

The White House says President Obama and Vice President Biden will unveil the steps they intend to take and legislation they recommend to reduce gun violence at 11:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

Our original post:

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