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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9:34am

Thu June 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi Regime May Be Using Rape As A Weapon, Prosecutor Says

The government of Moammar Gadhafi may have ordered the rape of hundreds of Libyan women as part of its campaign against opponents of the regime, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says.

And Luis Moreno-Ocampo "said [Wednesday that] he was also looking at possible evidence that pro-Gadhafi security forces had been given medication such as Viagra to enhance their sex drive," the BBC reports.

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9:07am

Thu June 9, 2011
The Two-Way

'Trouble' Has Died; Leona Helmsley's Pampered Pooch Inherited Millions

She was certainly among the world's richest canines.

Now, Trouble has passed away at the age of 12 (or, 84 if you're counting in dog years).

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8:37am

Thu June 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Stayed High Last Week

There were 427,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

That's almost unchanged from the 428,000 of the week before and still well above the level — 375,000 or below — that we would typically see if job growth was strong.

Our friends at Planet Money explain the economic ups and downs over here.

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8:27am

Thu June 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Arizona Wildfire Still Blazing; More Evacuations Ordered

Good morning.

We've already posted about:

-- A New York Times report that the U.S. is ramping up a "secret campaign" of airstrikes aimed at al-Qaida in Yemen.

-- Word from Citigroup that hackers gained access to some credit card customers' data.

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8:10am

Thu June 9, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Ramping Up 'Secret Campaign' Of Airstrikes In Yemen, 'NYT' Says

One of the attention-getting stories of the day, from this morning's New York Times:

"The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials."

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