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12:25 PM ET, November 16, 2012

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nbcdfw.com:
Twinkies Maker Hostess Going Out of Business, CEO Blames Union Strike  —  “It's over.  This is it,” Gregory Rayburn tells “Today.”  —  Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business after striking workers failed to heed a Thursday deadline to return to work, the company said.
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CNNMoney.com:
Hostess Brands closing for good  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Hostess Brands — the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread — announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract imposed on them.
Hostess Brands Inc / PR Newswire:
Hostess Brands to Wind Down Company After BCTGM Union Strike Cripples Operations  —  Hostess Brands Inc. today announced that it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities.
Alice Wolke / Dallas News:
Hostess going out of business; nearly 18,000 to be laid off  —  IRVING, Texas -  —  Say goodbye to your Twinkies.  —  North Texas-based Hostess Brands, Inc. has decided to go out of business and liquidate its assets after failing to win back striking workers.
Rachel Feintzeig / Wall Street Journal:
Twinkie Maker Hostess to Close  —  Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of iconic treats such as Twinkies and traditional pantry staple Wonder Bread, said Friday it is shuttering its plants and firing about 18,000 workers as it seeks to liquidate the 82-year-old business.
AP Member Choice Limited / Reuters:
No more Twinkies?  Hostess plans to shut down  —  Hostess CEO says strike was fatal blow for bankrupt company and that it is too late to fix it.  Nearly 600 could lose jobs in Schiller Park and Hodgkins bakeries.  —  Hostess, the company that makes Twinkies and other sugary snacks …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Egan / Fox Business:
Hostess to Liquidate, Lay Off 18,500 After Crushing Union Fight
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Fox News:
Petraeus testifies CIA's Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says  —  Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that “Al Qaeda involvement” was suspected …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
In testimony, Petraeus says he always saw Benghazi as terrorism  —  Former CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers at a closed-door briefing Friday the agency believed the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack from the beginning.  —  Petraeus also indicated …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Audacity of 51%  —  Get ready for higher taxes and no spending reform.  —  “Maybe peace would have broken out with a different kind of White House, one less committed to waging a perpetual campaign—a White House that would see a 51-48 victory as a call to humility and compromise rather than an irrefutable mandate.”
Fox News:
Intel officials struggle to explain Libya talking points, pressure on Petraeus to clear the air
Discussion: Power Line, NO QUARTER USA NET and CNN
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
TO PROTECT OBAMA FROM LIBYA, MEDIA TURNS MCCAIN INTO CAPTAIN AHAB
Discussion: Slate and Nice Deb
CNN:
McCain skips Benghazi briefing, gets testy when questioned by CNN
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Life, Death and Deficits  —  America's political landscape is infested with many zombie ideas — beliefs about policy that have been repeatedly refuted with evidence and analysis but refuse to die.  The most prominent zombie is the insistence that low taxes on rich people are the key to prosperity.
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama, Boehner launch second effort to reach grand bargain to cut deficit
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama, GOP Leaders Hold Fiscal Summit at White House
Discussion: Politico and Taylor Marsh
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:   Democratic Solution To The Filibuster: Make Them Talk
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff Ad Campaign: Unions Target Senate Dems
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Obama on tricky path in fiscal cliff negotiations
Discussion: New York Times
Matthew Duss / American Prospect:
Israel's Airstrike Gamble  —  Hamas supporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah carry obituary posters of Hamas mastermind Ahmed Jabari as they march in support of the people of the Gaza Strip.  On the third day of a military operation prompted by a rocket attack just south of Tel Aviv …
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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate passes resolution condoning Israel's strikes on Hamas
Nidal al-Mughrabi / Reuters:
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv under rocket fire, Netanyahu warns Gaza
BBC:
Gaza crisis: Egyptians back under-fire Palestinians
Discussion: The Jawa Report
WWL-TV:
Report: Two dead, two missing, four airlifted after platform explosion in Gulf of Mexico  —  OFF THE GULF COAST - The Coast Guard says that a preliminary report shows that two people were killed, two were missing and four were airlifted to West Jefferson Medical Center with injuries …
Discussion: WAFB-TV, BBC, Gizmodo and CBS DC
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Times See No Evil CEO Mark Thompson's Veil of Ignorance Continues To Unravel  —  The NY Times stuck with embattled former BBC chief Mark Thompson based on his assurances that despite thirty-three years at the BBC including eight at the helm he had never heard a whisper about BBC star Jimmy Savile's pedophilia.
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Matthew Purdy / New York Times:
Letter Raises Questions About When BBC Ex-Chief Learned of Abuse Cases
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Bob FitzSimmonds, Virginia GOP Official, Predicts Obama ‘Goes To Hell’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Ken Cuccinelli, Video, Virginia GOP, Bob Fitzsimmonds, Bob Fitzsimmonds Barack Obama, Bob Fitzsimmonds Obama Hell, Facebook Rants, Virginia Politics, Virginia Republican Party, Virginia Republicans, Politics News
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Most Republican States Won't Build Exchanges and That Is a Good Thing  —  Map showing party affiliation by Governors, current  —  Now that we have approached what should have been the deadline for states to say whether or not they plan to build state exchanges to comply with the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Christie agrees Romney comments were ‘wrong’, calls on GOP to pivot  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Friday Mitt Romney's comments that President Obama won the election by giving groups “gifts” were wrong.  —  Romney said he agreed with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Franklin Graham to Brody File on Obama's Re-Election: Christians Should Be ‘Upset at Themselves’
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Washington Post:
Holder defends keeping Petraeus inquiry from White House until after election
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