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11:50 AM ET, November 16, 2012

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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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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.
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  —  Failing to persuade striking employees to return to work, Hostess Brands disclosed plans on Friday to liquidate its assets and lay off most of its 18,500 workers, bringing the 82-year-old maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies to the end of its line.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Rachel Feintzeig / Wall Street Journal:
Twinkie Maker Hostess to Close
Discussion: Deal Journal and Law Blog
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Petraeus ‘Knew Almost Immediately’ Al Qaeda-Linked Group Responsible for Benghazi  —  David Petraeus is going to tell members of Congress that he “knew almost immediately after the September 11th attack, that the group Ansar al Sharia, the al Qaeda sympathizing group in Libya was responsible for the attacks,” CNN reports.
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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.”
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 …
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
CNN:
McCain skips Benghazi briefing, gets testy when questioned by CNN
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
TO PROTECT OBAMA FROM LIBYA, MEDIA TURNS MCCAIN INTO CAPTAIN AHAB
Discussion: Slate and Nice Deb
Kirsten Powers / Fox News:
President Obama's silly, sexist defense of Susan Rice
Washington Free Beacon:
Petraeus Knew ‘Almost Immediately’ Terrorists Responsible for Benghazi Attack
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Here on the Fiscal Slopes  —  I don't think this will be a regular feature, but here are a few things on everybody's favorite cliff/slope metaphor that caught my eye at the end of the day:  —  First of all, unions are so far following through on protecting social insurance against potential attacks from both parties:
Discussion: Wonkblog, Crooks and Liars and The Hill
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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
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff Ad Campaign: Unions Target Senate Dems
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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: Taylor Marsh
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders' Debate: Change Message or Candidates?  —  LAS VEGAS—Two weeks after their presidential election defeat, Republican Party leaders are falling into roughly two camps as they struggle to explain what happened and devise ways to broaden the party's base.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Governors Gather, Prescriptions and Whispers for 2016
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:
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
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Associated Press:
Obama on tricky path in fiscal cliff negotiations
Discussion: New York Times
BBC:
Gaza crisis: Egyptians back under-fire Palestinians  —  The BBC's Wyre Davies describes a “long and difficult night” in Gaza, saying “the ante has been stepped-up on both sides”  —  Egyptian leaders have promised to support Gaza against Israeli attacks, as violence escalated for a third day.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Bethany Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
Why Isn't Sandy Obama's Katrina?  —  The pictures from New Orleans after Katrina were iconic.  Stories breathlessly filed from the Superdome warned of rampant crimes, inadequate access to basic sanitation, even babies getting raped (which was later proven to be a rumor).
 
 
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