Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott joined NPR News in the spring of 2009 to launch a new blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Frank James.

"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and where it engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Memmott came to NPR from USA Today, where for over 20 years he worked as a reporter and editor on subjects ranging from politics and, foreign affairs to economics and the media.

In recent years he helped launch and then led three different news blogs at USATODAY.com, including the website's 2008 presidential campaign blog, On Politics.

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Wed September 26, 2012

8:08am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Andy Williams Dies; Crooner Was Known For 'Moon River,' Christmas TV Specials

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 8:24 am

Singer Andy Williams in 1970.
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  • A bit of Andy Williams singing 'Moon River'

Singer Andy Williams, best known for his rendition of Moon River, his Christmas TV specials and his long-running show in Branson, Mo., has died.

He was 84.

Williams' publicist, Paul Shefrin, says in a statement sent to reporters that the singer "passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Mo, following a year long battle with bladder cancer. ... Williams, 84, who also had a residence in La Quinta, Calif., is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian."

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7:16am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Ahead Of U.N. Address, Ahmadinejad Talks Of New World Order

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 11:44 am

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his address today at the U.N.
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  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Michele Kelemen previews Day II at the U.N.

In something of a swan song, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used his eighth — and likely final — appearance before the U.N. General Assembly to elaborate on his vision of a new world order and criticize what he calls the world's "hegemonic" and "expansionist" powers.

In general, the Iranian leader took a less confrontational tone than in previous years.

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6:43am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

After Uproar, No Signal That NFL Refs Will Be Back Soon

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 12:22 pm

Things haven't been going well for these guys: Some of the NFL's replacement referees, during a Sept. 23 game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
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  • David Green and Tom Goldman talk on 'Morning Edition'

Though the nation's football fans — from President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the average couch quarterback — are begging the two sides to settle their contract dispute so that regular NFL referees can come back to work, there seems to be no clear reason to think that's going to happen in time for this week's games.

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5:49am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Tear Gas, Rocks Fly At Anti-Austerity Protest In Athens

In Athens today, anti-austerity demonstrations began peacefully. Later, protesters threw rocks and petrol bombs. Police responded with tear gas.
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  • On 'Morning Editon': Lauren Frayer reporting from Spain

Riot police in Athens have fired tear gas at protesters who in turn have been lobbing stones and petrol bombs in one of the largest anti-austerity demonstrations to hit the Greek capital in months.

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