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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10:05am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

U.N. Watchdog Says Syria Was Trying To Build Nuclear Reactor

"The head of the U.N. nuclear agency has said for the first time that Syria tried to secretly build a nuclear reactor," The Associated Press reports from Paris.

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9:35am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

More Bad Weather Is Coming, 'Have A Safe Place To Go,' FEMA Chief Says

More on the devastating weather that has roared through much of the South this week.

Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has posted a video this morning in which he warns that "today, we're going to see more severe weather."

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9:10am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

'A Bomb Has Been Dropped' On Birmingham, Mayor Says After Storms

Of the many places pummeled by tornadoes the past two days, Alabama is where the greatest number of deaths have been reported as of this hour.

The Birmingham News says at least 128 people were killed in the state. And the death toll is likely to go higher. More than 30 deaths occurred in Birmingham.

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8:38am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Economy Grew At 1.8 Percent Pace In First Quarter

The nation's economy grew at a 1.8 percent annual rate in the first quarter of the year, the Bureau of Economic Analysis just reported.

That's down from fourth-quarter 2010's 3.1 percent pace.

The first-quarter figure is the bureau's first estimate of how the economy was doing in the first three months of the year. It will revise the number each of the next two months.

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7:45am

Thu April 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Stunning Tornado Videos Capture Storm's Power

The power of the tornadoes that have swept across much of the South in the past few days, killing at least 178 people as they tore through, is all too terrifyingly clear in the photos and videos starting to appear on the Web.

This one, from Tuscaloosa, Ala., captures the power of a huge twister. And the sound of the person behind the camera as he or she breaths, is chilling.

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