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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9:20am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Heat Wave Spreading East; No Relief For Days

The deadly heat wave that has been making things miserable in much of the Midwest for several days has begun to spread east and the National Weather Service warns that things are going to be stifling:

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9:02am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Minnesota's Shutdown Ends

"Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has signed the state budget, ending a 20-day state government shutdown," our friends at Minnesota Public Radio report.

They add that "Dayton signed nine budget bills and three other spending bills about five hours after the Republican-controlled Legislature approved them."

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8:25am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Wendi Deng Murdoch: Rupert's Savior In More Than One Way?

Originally published on Wed July 20, 2011 8:28 am

June 11, 2011, file photo: Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

8:10am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Fell 0.8 Percent In June

There was a 0.8 percent drop in sales of existing homes in June from May, the National Association of Realtors just reported. They dipped to an annual rate of 4.77 million.

According to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, there was "an unusual spike in contract cancellations in the past month."

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7:24am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

'Triangle Of Death' In Horn Of Africa; Famine Grips Southern Somalia

Monday (July 18, 2011): At a refugee camp near Mogadishu, a Somali woman cries after the death of one of her children.
Mustafa Abdi AFP/Getty Images

As the United Nations escalates its dire warnings about what's happening in the Horn of Africa, declaring today that drought and famine in southern Somalia threaten millions of people, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from a refugee camp in Kenya that an area straddling Somalia, Ethiopia and northern Kenya has been dubbed "the triangle of death."

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