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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3:50pm

Wed April 13, 2011
The Two-Way

From Misurata: Video Of A Father's Desperate 'Dash To Hospital'

One of the cities in Libya where it's known that fighting has been fierce and that forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have not spared civilians, is Misurata.

From Britain's ITVNews comes a revealing video report by correspondent John Irvine and photographer Sean Sean. They got to Misurata aboard an aid ship, and were there to see how out-gunned civilians are trying to fight back.

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1:00pm

Wed April 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Live-Blog: President Obama On The Deficit And Debt Reduction

Update at 3:10 p.m. ET: Saying that lawmakers need to come together in a bipartisan manner as they did in the 1980s and 1990s to tackle the exploding federal deficits and debt, President Obama offered his proposals today for how to get the government's books in order. He said his plan would cut $4 trillion from deficits over 12 years, and that it includes trims in spending on defense and health care, as well as the end of the so-called Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans.

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12:40pm

Wed April 13, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: The Scene As Soldiers Captured Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

It appears that when soldiers loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized president of Ivory Coast, captured strongman Laurent Gbagbo on Monday, they did what they could to protect him against possible retaliation from the people he had ruled.

As you can see in this "raw video" posted by The Associated Press, they put Gbagbo in a helmet and protective vest before taking him outside to a waiting vehicle.

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11:45am

Wed April 13, 2011
The Two-Way

What Do You Call Paying Someone For A Date?

The founder of WhatsYourPrice.com says he's not running an escort service. And he's not promoting prostitution.

No, Brandon Wade says he's bringing people together — people who are willing to pay to go on a date with someone "attractive" and people who are willing to take money to go on a date with ... well, the not-so-attractive.

Denver's KDVR-TV has more.

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10:40am

Wed April 13, 2011
The Two-Way

AP Kills Story Based On Fake GE Press Release About Company's Taxes

Thirty-five minutes after reporting that "facing criticism over the amount of taxes it pays, General Electric announced it will repay its entire $3.2 billion tax refund to the US Treasury on April 18," The Associated Press just moved this "urgent kill" bulletin:

"The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about General Electric repaying its entire $3.2 billion tax refund to the US Treasury on April 18. The story was based on a press release that GE says was a hoax."

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