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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10:15am

Wed April 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Rose 3.7 Percent In March

There was a 3.7 percent rise in sales of previously owned homes in March from February, the National Association of Realtors reports.

Still, at a 5.1 million annual rate, sales remained 6.3 percent below the level of March 2010.

And the increase from February was driven in part by investors and others who snapped up bargain-priced foreclosed homes, not by a return to the market by first-time buyers. According to NAR:

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9:00am

Wed April 20, 2011
The Two-Way

3-D Porn Film Beats Hong Kong Box Office Record Set By 'Avatar'

Blue creatures in 3-D can't quite keep up with a 3-D blue movie at the box office in Hong Kong, apparently.

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8:35am

Wed April 20, 2011
The Two-Way

'Elevated' And 'Imminent' Will Replace Color-Coded Terror Alert Levels

The long-anticipated reworking of the nation's terror alert system gets its formal introduction today when Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announces that the five color codes used since the early years of the George W. Bush administration are being replaced by two phrases:

-- Elevated Threat: which "warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States."

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8:10am

Wed April 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Year Later, Gulf Still Recovering From Spill

Good morning.

One year ago today, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers were killed and the worst oil spill in U.S. history took months to contain.

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7:35am

Wed April 20, 2011
The Two-Way

CIA Reveals Six Oldest Classified Documents; Now We Can All Read Them

They're not exactly sexy. You won't come away after reading them feeling like you're James Bond.

And you'll need some milk.

But it is fascinating that the Central Intelligence Agency has "declassified the United States Government's six oldest classified documents, dating from 1917 and 1918," it says.

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