Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Syria Has Accepted Peace Plan, Annan's Spokesman Says

"A spokesman for U.N. envoy Kofi Annan says Syria has accepted his plan to end the bloodshed in the country," The Associated Press reports.

Ahmad Fawzi said the news came in a letter from President Bashar Assad's government to Annan, the former U.N. secretary general who has been trying to broker an end to the Assad regime's crackdown on dissent — which the U.N. estimates has led to the deaths of more than 8,000 people in the past year.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Police: George Zimmerman Said He Was Knocked To Ground And Beaten

George Zimmerman, in a 2005 mug shot provided by the Orange County (Fla.) jail, via The Miami Herald. He had been accused of pushing a state alcohol agent, who was arresting a friend of Zimmerman's. He entered a "pretrial-diversion program."
AP

The man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in an incident that has reignited the national conversation about race relations told police that the younger man knocked him to the ground and slammed his head into the sidewalk, the Orlando Sentinel just reported.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Evidence Builds Of Schools Cheating To Boost Students' Test Scores

"Suspicious test scores in roughly 200 school districts resemble those that entangled Atlanta in the biggest cheating scandal in American history," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported over the weekend.

It examined data from 50 states and the District of Columbia, covering 69,000 schools in 14,743 districts and found that:

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The Two-Way
9:50 am
Mon March 26, 2012

No Rabbits Were Harmed, But Herman Cain's Latest Video 'Blasts' A Bunny

Don't worry, the rabbit's OK, says Herman Cain. It's taxes on businesses that he thinks are too painful.
CainConnections

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The Two-Way
8:40 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Who Do You Like In The Final Four?

Christian Petersen Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 8:48 am

  • Mike Pesca on 'Morning Edition'

Now we know the Final Four teams in the 2012 NCAA Division I men's basketball championship:

-- Kansas.

-- Kentucky.

-- Louisville.

-- Ohio State.

So it's time to ask:

The women's Division I tournament, by the way, is down to its Elite Eight.

The Two-Way
8:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Tens Of Thousands Expected Today At Florida Rally For Trayvon Martin

An undated family photo of Trayvon Martin.
Change.org

A rally in Sanford, Fla., today "to demand justice in the Trayvon Martin shooting death," is expected to draw "tens of thousands of people," Orlando's WFTV says.

The rally — one month after the black teen's death — is due to begin at 4 p.m. ET and end with those thousands gathered outside the city's civic center as the Sanford City Commission meets to hear from the 17-year-old Martin's parents.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Is GOP Race At 'Tipping Point' Or Destined To Keep Going?

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum during a campaign event Sunday in Fond du Lac, Wis.
Mark Hirsch Getty Images

NPR's Ken Rudin is a fan of using history as a guide to what might happen next when it comes to politics, and this morning he focuses on the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination and what lessons we might learn from an earlier battle between GOP contenders.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Tragedy In West Virginia: Child Is Ninth Victim Of House Fire

On Saturday, investigators sifted through debris in the aftermath of a house fire in Charleston, W.Va., that has now claimed nine lives.
Craig Cunningham AP

"A house fire believed to be the worst in Charleston's history claimed its ninth victim Sunday," West Virginia's Sunday Gazette-Mail reports.

According to the newspaper, 7-year-old Bryan Timothy Camp was taken off life support Sunday morning. The fire at the home he lived in with his mother, her boyfriend, an aunt and six other children began around 3:25 a.m. ET on Saturday. Only the aunt survived. The Gazette-Mail says the rental home had no working smoke detectors.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Mon March 26, 2012

The Arguments Begin: Supreme Court Takes Up Health Care Starting Today

Outside the Supreme Court on Sunday, some of those who were lined up to get seats inside the courtroom.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 6:35 am

Here's how we'll be following the Supreme Court's three days of oral arguments about the President Obama's health care overhaul law, which as we've previously noted begin today.

As we always try to do when major stories are developing, we'll watch for key moments and pass along the news as soon as possible.

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