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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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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Union: ‘Bain-style’ killing of Twinkie  —  The Bain attack is back.  —  This time it's being used against Hostess Brands, the Twinkies and Wonder Bread maker that announced Friday it was closing.  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka drew the comparison in a public statement Friday.
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 is Closed:
Hostess Brands is Closed.  —  We are sorry to announce that Hostess Brands, Inc. has been forced by a Bakers Union strike to shut down all operations and sell all company assets.  For more information, go to hostessbrands.info.  Thank you for all of your loyalty and support over the years.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Petition wants Obama to save Twinkies
DealBook:
Hostess Brands Moves to Wind Down Operations
AP Member Choice Limited / Reuters:
No more Twinkies? Hostess plans to shut down
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 …
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Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep Admits CIA Approved U.N. Ambassador's Talking Points On Libya  —  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has admitted that the CIA and intelligence community approved U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice's talking points before she made her much-derided Sept. 16 appearance on several Sunday news shows to discuss the attacks in Benghazi.
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
DOZEN HOUSE WOMEN DEFEND RICE OVER LIBYA COMMENTS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators' angry criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over her initial account of the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya smacks of sexism and racism, a dozen female members of the House said Friday.
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Views of Obama, Democrats Improve After Election  —  Favorable opinions of Obama highest in three years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Now that the presidential election is over, Americans look a bit more positively toward both the winner (Barack Obama) and the loser (Mitt Romney) …
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Chris Christie unwraps Mitt Romney's ‘gift’ claim  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday joined the chorus of Republican governors and other officials criticizing Mitt Romney's assertion that “gifts” from President Barack Obama helped the Democrat win reelection.
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
At Republican governors' gathering, plenty of blame for Romney
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Iron Dome, Press Bias, and Israel's Lack of Strategic Thinking  —  Some observations as the Gaza crisis continues to unfold:  —  1. The Iron Dome anti-rocket and missile defense system seems to work better than most people expected.  Israel is becoming very good at shooting down missiles.
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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate passes resolution condoning Israel's strikes on Hamas
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Judge denies Allen West's recount request; focus now on 4 p.m. canvassing board meeting  —  FORT PIERCE — A judge today denied U.S. Rep. Allen West's request that he order a recount of 37,379 ballots from early voting in St. Lucie County — effectively leaving the decision …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Politico and The Fix
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Roger Ailes on Election Night: ‘Rove was wrong.  He backed down.  Our guys were right.’  —  On election night, Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes watched election coverage in the News Corp. Sports Suite, down the hall from his second floor office.
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Deadline Delayed For a Month on Health Exchanges
Discussion: Hit & Run, Wonkblog and Hot Air
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
John Boehner Lengthens The Fuse On The Austerity Bomb  —  In a White House meeting with President Obama and other Congressional leaders Friday, House Speaker John Boehner traced a procedural path for reaching deficit reduction targets next year, while avoiding immediate, and deeper, budget tightening in January.
Discussion: Eschaton
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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Despite Obstacles, GOP And Dem Leaders Optimistic On Tax And Spending Deal
Discussion: Firedoglake
Wall Street Journal:   Fiscal Cliff Talks to Get Fast Track
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
When the Nerds Go Marching In  —  How a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama's reelection  —  Three members of Obama's tech team, from left to right: Harper Reed, Dylan Richard, and Mark Trammell (Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil).
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 and Connecting.the.Dots
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Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
How to sort out Social Security's finances while making it more generous
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mother Jones
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and Addicting Info
Ben Geman / The Hill:
EPA refuses to waive ethanol mandate  —  The Environmental Protection Agency is rejecting requests from states and meat industry groups to waive regulations that require the blending of ethanol into gasoline.  —  EPA rejected petitions from nearly a dozen states, including Texas, Virginia …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Broadwell, Kelley visited White House  —  Both women at the heart of the Petraeus scandal have visited the White House on multiple occasions, a White House official confirmed to POLITICO.  —  Petraeus's biographer Paula Broadwell attended an Afghanistan briefing, while Tampa socialite Jill …
David Brody / The Brody File:
Franklin Graham to Brody File on Obama's Re-Election: Christians Should Be ‘Upset at Themselves’  —  Rev. Franklin Graham tells The Brody File that one of the lessons of President Obama's re-election is that more Christians in this country need to vote and he tells me that, “if Christians are upset, they need to be upset at themselves.”
 
 
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