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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9:19am

Mon June 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Five Deaths Are U.S. Military's Largest Single-Day Loss In Iraq Since 2009

The deaths of five American troops today in central Iraq makes for an awful milestone. It is "the single largest loss of life for the American military in Iraq in the past two years," The Associated Press notes.

And, "the deaths raised to 4,459 the number of American service members who have died in Iraq, according to an Associated Press count."

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8:50am

Mon June 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Sarah Palin's Had Her Say, Now Let's Hear From Paul Revere

There's been a bit of a kerfuffle the past couple days over something Sarah Palin said about Paul Revere.

The former Alaska governor, 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, potential 2012 GOP presidential contender and Fox News contributor told reporters in New England that Revere "warned the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free."

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7:38am

Mon June 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Five U.S. Troops Killed In Iraq; E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Bean Sprouts

Good morning.

A "tenuous truce," as we just reported, seems to be holding in Yemen. But much uncertainty remains — over whether President Ali Abdullah Saleh will return following his medical treatment in Saudi Arabia and over whether the fractious and heavily armed opposition forces can unite.

Meanwhile, other stories making headlines include:

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6:57am

Mon June 6, 2011
The Two-Way

In Yemen: 'Tenuous Truce' Holds; Saleh's Return In Doubt

In the capital, Sanaa, on Sunday, some Yemeni anti-government protesters celebrated Saleh's departure.
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While there's continued concern that the turmoil in Yemen will give al-Qaida a chance to further embed itself in that country and continue to use it as a staging place for attacks elsewhere, the early reports from there today are that a "tenuous truce" remains in place, as al-Jazeera puts it.

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2:18pm

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Kevorkian Flashback: The Day He Sent A Chill Up Don Gonyea's Spine

Today's news about the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian — "Dr. Death," the champion of the right to assisted suicide for the terminally ill — brings back a memory for NPR's Don Gonyea.

As Don reported for Weekend Edition Sunday in June 2007, he interviewed Kevorkian on June 5, 1990. That was one day after 54-year-old Janet Adkins became the first person to use one of Kevorkian's homemade suicide machines.

Here's how Don remembers the encounter:

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