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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12:30pm

Tue April 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Southwest Finds 5 Jets With Cracks

Southwest Airlines says it has completed its inspections of older Boeing 737-300 passenger jets and found five with fuselage cracks, Reuters and other news outlets report. The airline is making repairs and is operating on a full schedule, Reuters adds.

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10:00am

Tue April 5, 2011
The Two-Way

In Philly, It's Toad Detour Time Again

It's Spring. The temperature's rising. And a young toad's fancy turns to ... other young toads.

On Port Royal Avenue in Philadelphia that means folks are shutting down the street again so that thousands of the little critters can safely get across the road to the Roxborough reservoir — where, as CBSPhilly.com delicately puts it, the toads "consummate their relationship."

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9:30am

Tue April 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Pig's Foot, Anti-Semitic Note Sent To Rep. Peter King

"Any time you get involved in any controversial issue, there's always going to be extremes that react," Rep. Peter King (R-NY) tells Politico about the bloody pig's foot and anti-Semitic note that someone reportedly mailed to his Washington, D.C., office.

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8:55am

Tue April 5, 2011
The Two-Way

After Losing Legal Fight, Grameen Bank's Yunus Urges Staff To Keep Faith

"It's time for you to work with greater dedication to keep this institution effective," Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus told the staff of Grameen Bank today, after the Supreme Court of Bangladesh denied the last appeal of his dismissal from the microlending bank he founded almost three decades ago, The Associated Press reports.

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8:35am

Tue April 5, 2011
The Two-Way

GOP's Ryan On Budget Cutting: This Is 'A Defining Moment'

As Korva said earlier, there's "a high stakes budget meeting at the White House" this morning as President Obama and Congressional leaders from both parties sit down to see if they can prevent a government shutdown at midnight Friday by agreeing on a way to trim the federal deficit.

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