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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7:50am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

News Corp.'s Murdoch Is 'Defiant;' Meanwhile, Key Editor Resigns

As the scandal widens over allegations that his company's tabloids in the U.K. tapped into the cell phones of thousands of people from the royal family down to murder victims. ...

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7:20am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Lawmakers On Call Through Weekend For More Budget Talks

With President Obama set to hold another news conference later this morning to talk about what's going on, here's some of the latest news about the talks between the White House and congressional leaders from both parties about deficit-reduction and raising the federal government's so-called debt ceiling before Aug. 2 — the day the White House says the government will run out of money and might default on some of its obligations.

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8:37am

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Good News For Yankees Fan Who Caught Jeter's 3,000th

His tax situation still isn't quite clear, but it looks like New York Yankees fan Christian Lopez is going to make out OK.

As we reported Wednesday, some experts were saying that Lopez might face a tax bill of up to $14,000 because of the gifts he was given by the Yankees last week after he graciously returned the ball that shortstop Derek Jeter smacked into the stands for his 3,000 career hit in the major leagues.

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8:15am

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Amid Lots Of Talk About A 'Blow Up,' Budget Talks Will Resume

Stories are popping up across the news universe about President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) having a heated/tense/barbed (choose your favorite word) exchange during Wednesday's budget talks at the White House — an exchange that ended with the president leaving the room.

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7:15am

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Error About News Corp. Was 'Big Screw-Up On My Part,' Columnist Says

While he can explain how it happened, Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston says "there's no excuse" for the huge mistake he made Tuesday when he wrote that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. had received billions of dollars in tax refunds from the U.S. government in recent years — when in fact it had paid billions of dollars in federal taxes.

"This is a big screw-up on my part," he told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep earlier today.

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