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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6:08am

Tue October 11, 2011
The Two-Way

NBA Games Canceled: Anybody Care?

The NBA will rebound (pardon his pun) from any bad feelings generated among fans by the news that the first two weeks of the professional basketball league's season have been canceled because owners and players can't agree on a new labor deal, our colleague Mike Pesca says.

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5:30am

Tue October 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Jobs Bill Expected To Hit Roadblock Today In Senate

Originally published on Tue October 11, 2011 5:34 am

Job seekers waited in line to meet with recruiters at a job fair in Park Ridge, Ill., last month.

Scott Olson Getty Images

The political debate over what to do about the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate and weak employment growth ratchets up again today when the Senate's expected to say no to President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill.

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7:40am

Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Values Voter Summit Underway; GOP Contenders To Speak

The annual Values Voter Summit is happening now in Washington, and if you want to hear what most of the Republican presidential contenders are telling the conservative activists, it's all online for the watching.

Organizers are streaming the event here. It's also on C-SPAN.org.

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6:15am

Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Coming Up: September Jobs Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is due to release figures on the September unemployment rate and the number of jobs on payrolls at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Economists are expecting to hear that the jobless rate stayed around 9.1 percent and that there was net job growth of only about 55,000 positions.

We'll update this post with highlights from the report shortly after its release. So check back or hit your "refresh" button to see our updates.

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5:49am

Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Are You Among The '99 Percent?'

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 1:05 pm

The scene at an Occupy Los Angeles demonstration earlier this month.

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to spread, one of its rallying cries is generating a fair amount of debate.

The protesters say they represent the "99 percent" — that is, everyone except the richest 1 percent of Americans or those who have been benefiting from the way things are going.

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