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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7:40am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Muggles Take Notice: 'Pottermore' Is Coming

Pottermore.com

There's great excitement today among Harry Potter fans.

Author J.K. Rowling has gone on the Web to say that in October a website called Pottermore.com is launching — and that it will be a "safe, unique online reading experience built around the Potter books." It will be the place to buy, for the first time, e-book versions of the Potter series.

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7:20am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Gangster 'Whitey' Bulger, Who Used To 'Own' Boston, Captured

James "Whitey" Bulger. From his page on the website of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.
FBI.gov

A man who is about as notorious in Boston as al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden was captured Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif.

James "Whitey" Bulger, a gangster wanted for his alleged role in 19 murders who turned his FBI handlers into informants and is accused of using information he got from them to kill his enemies, had been on the run for 16 years.

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6:46am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Troops Hope Most 'Trigger-Pullers' Stay As Withdrawal Begins

Good morning.

Reactions are coming in to President Obama's announcement last night that the U.S. will bring about 33,000 military personnel home from Afghanistan by the fall of 2012.

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7:39pm

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Live-Blog: The President Lays Out His Plan For Afghanistan

Darryl St. George, a Navy Corpsman with Weapons Co. 2/8 Marines, during a foot patrol this month in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

President Obama is telling the nation tonight how fast and how soon the U.S. will start drawing down the number of troops it has in Afghanistan. He's going to talk specifically about the 33,000 or so military personnel who were added to the campaign there in the "surge" he announced in December 2009, and in broader terms about the length and size of the U.S. mission.

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1:05pm

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Pulitzer-Winning Reporter: I Am An Undocumented Immigrant

Originally published on Wed June 22, 2011 3:01 pm

Watch in coming days to see how this story plays out in the always hot immigration debate:

Jose Antonio Vargas, a reporter who shared a Pulitzer Prize when he was with The Washington Post, reveals today that he is an "undocumented immigrant" and that he has over the years obtained (with help) a series of false documents to conceal that fact from employers.

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