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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3:43pm

Wed June 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Two Million 'Open Jobs?' Yes, But U.S. Has A Skills 'Mismatch'

It's an eye-catching claim at a time when the unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, 13.9 million people are officially unemployed and another 8.5 million are working part-time but would like to have full-time jobs:

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1:10pm

Wed June 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Congressional Report Slams ATF's 'Fast And Furious' Operation

Two leading congressional critics of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' so-called Operation Fast and Furious have issued a scathing report on the program that allegedly let hundreds of guns go from the U.S. to Mexico — with deadly results.

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12:04pm

Wed June 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Greek Protests Turn Violent; Prime Minister Reportedly Offers To Step Aside

A cloud of tear gas surrounded demonstrators in Athens earlier today (June 15, 2011).
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

"Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police in central Athens Wednesday," The Associated Press writes, "as a major anti-austerity rally degenerated into violence outside parliament, where the struggling government was to seek support for new cutbacks to avoid a disastrous default."

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11:26am

Wed June 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Today's Total Eclipse Of The Moon: How To Watch

The reddish hue during the total eclipse that was seen from North America on Dec. 21, 2010.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Those of us in North America won't be able to see it happen "live," but if all goes well we can catch a webcast of what's going to be "an unusually long total lunar eclipse" today.

Basically, every continent except North America will get a view. On the timing and length, Space.com says that:

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11:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Twin Friars Who Died On Same Day Reflected 'Good Side Of Humanity'

Word seems to have spread around the world about the 92-year-old identical twins who died within hours of each other after spending nearly their entire lives as Franciscan friars.

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