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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8:42am

Thu May 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Rise Modestly; Jobless Claims Dip; Wholesale Prices Spike

Three more pieces of the economic puzzle were just released:

-- Inflation: The Bureau of Labor Statistics says wholesale prices rose 0.8 percent in April from March, but were up a more modest 0.3 percent if you exclude food and energy costs (which economists do to gauge the underlying inflation pressures, not because they think food and energy costs don't matter).

In the past 12 months, wholesale prices have gone up a sharp 6.8 percent, BLS says.

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10:57am

Wed May 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Now It's 'Bronx Zoo Peacock' Who Is On The Loose

Keep your eye out for somebody like this. (Circa 1900 illustration.)
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Fans of the "Bronx Zoo Cobra," who became something of a trending topic on Twitter back in March when she went missing for a while, will want to know that there's now a "Bronx Zoo Peacock" on the loose.

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9:57am

Wed May 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Al Jazeera Says Syria Has Sent Reporter Dorothy Parvaz To Iran

Al-Jazeera says it "has been given information that journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been deported from Syria to Iran."

As we reported last Thursday, Parvaz went missing on April 29 after she arrived in Damascus to report for Al-Jazeera about the ongoing protests against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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9:45am

Wed May 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Navy Reverses; Will Not Allow Chaplains To Preside At Same-Sex Weddings

After objections from some lawmakers, the U.S. Navy has decided not to follow through with plans to allow its chaplains to preside at same-sex marriages and civil union ceremonies after the rule banning gays from openly serving in the military is fully lifted.

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8:38am

Wed May 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Across The Delta, Folks 'Watch In Awe' As Rivers Rise

The destructive power of the "slow-moving wall of water" rolling south from Illinois to Louisiana, as NPR's Scott Neuman writes, is hard to capture in words. It's something that has to be seen to be fully understood.

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