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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9:28am

Mon December 2, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Eagle Snatches Camera, Flies Away, Takes Great Selfie

Caught red-beaked: This eagle grabbed a small wildlife camera in western Australia, flew away with it and then pecked away at the lens.
ABC Kimberley

We've been fascinated by an "eagle cam" trained on a nest in Iowa and been thrilled by the view from a camera attached to an eagle that soared above Chamonix, France.

If you liked those, you'll likely be interested in this, too:

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11:15am

Wed November 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Who Knew? Seahorses Are Stone Cold Killers: VIDEO

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:44 pm

The profile of a killer (a high-speed digital image of dwarf seahorse).
University of Texas at Austin

Sharks? They're pussycats in comparison.

Piranhas? More like hah-hahs.

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9:51am

Wed November 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Italian Senate Strips Berlusconi Of His Seat

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 11:22 am

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures during a speech to supporters Wednesday in Rome.
Tony Gentile Reuters/Landov

Update at 12:25 p.m. ET. Berlusconi Expelled:

"Vote is done. Berlusconi is no longer senator," Reuters reported just before noon ET on its live blog.

So, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who as we said earlier has survived many other threats to his political life, now faces perhaps his most serious challenge.

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8:08am

Wed November 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Please Send This Man Photos Of Snow On Your Patio Furniture

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 11:30 am

Just what Denver news anchor Kyle Clark doesn't want to see.
Kenneth Martin Landov

7:00am

Wed November 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Good News, Bad News: Jobless Claims Dip, But Key Orders Drop

While a key measure of factory orders weakened in October, there's better news about the labor market: fewer Americans are filing claims for unemployment insurance.
Mark Duncan AP

First, the good news:

There were 316,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, down 10,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration said Wednesday.

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