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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10:33am

Tue June 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Have You Ever Heard 'The Hum?'

"According to sufferers," the BBC writes, "it is as if someone has parked next to your house and left the engine running. The Hum is a mystery low frequency noise, a phenomenon that has been reported across Britain, North America and Australia in the past four decades."

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9:18am

Tue June 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Another Supposedly Lesbian Blogger Turns Out To Be A Man

The revelation that the Gay Girl In Damascus blog was actually written by a married American man has led to the discovery that a founding editor at the lesbian news website Lez Get Real is a guy in Ohio, not "Paula Brooks."

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8:45am

Tue June 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Retail Sales Drop; Inflation In Check At Wholesale Level

Originally published on Tue June 14, 2011 6:45 am

There was a 0.2 percent drop in retail sales in May from April, the Census Bureau just reported. Driving the decline: A 2.9 percent drop in motor vehicle sales. Car sales were hurt by a disruption in supply among Japanese manufacturers following that country's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.

According to The Associated Press, the overall decrease is "the first decline after 10 straight increases."

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7:45am

Tue June 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Republican Debate Highlights: Romney 'Unscathed,' Bachmann Jumps In

Left to right: Former Sen. Rick Santorum; Rep. Michele Bachmann; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Rep. Ron Paul; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; entrepreneur Herman Cain.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

A few headlines and morning-after analyses of last night's seven-candidate Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire (which was live-blogged over at It's All Politics):

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7:26am

Tue June 14, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Obama Adds To Pressure On Rep. Weiner To Resign

June 6, 2011: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to inappropriate Internet exchanges and lying about them.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The news broke last evening — President Obama thinks Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) should step aside.

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