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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1:25pm

Mon April 25, 2011
The Two-Way

'Awesome,' Rep. Giffords Says After Getting OK To Be At Shuttle Launch

Saying that "medically, there is no reason she could not travel safely to Florida to participate in this incredible event with her husband," the director of the neuroscience institute at Houston's TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital confirmed today that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has been given the OK by her doctors to be at Friday's scheduled last launch of the space shuttle Endeavour.

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12:20pm

Mon April 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Lawmaker Drops Idea About Second-Hand Clothes; Critics Don't Notice

Back on April 15, our colleagues at Michigan Radio posted about state Sen. Bruce Caswell's proposal that the $80-a-year clothing allowance Michigan provides for a child in foster care only be eligible for use at thrift stores.

As Michigan Radio wrote:

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11:15am

Mon April 25, 2011
The Two-Way

White House Condemns Crackdown In Syria; Talks Of 'Targeted Sanctions'

This statement from National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor was just sent to reporters by the White House:

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10:55am

Mon April 25, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Tornado Roars Through St. Louis Airport Concourse

This is frightening. When a tornado struck Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Friday night, a security camera caught some amazing footage as things went flying in one concourse.

Amazingly, there were no deaths reported from the twister, which along with the extensive damage at the airport also destroyed up to 100 homes. Officials credit "early warnings, good timing and common sense," The Associated Press says.

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10:30am

Mon April 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Rose 11.1 Percent In March

Sales of newly built homes rose 11.1 percent in March from February, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 300,000, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report.

Still, the pace is 21.9 percent below that of March 2010.

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