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2:20 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.
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.
Matt Egan / Fox Business:
Hostess to Liquidate, Lay Off 18,500 After Crushing Union Fight
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DealBook:
Hostess Brands Moves to Wind Down Operations
Discussion: Fork in the Road
AP Member Choice Limited / Reuters:
No more Twinkies? Hostess plans to shut down
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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.
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
TO PROTECT OBAMA FROM LIBYA, MEDIA TURNS MCCAIN INTO CAPTAIN AHAB
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Slate and Nice Deb
BBC:
Gaza rocket fired at Jerusalem  —  Israel says up to 150 targets were hit on Thursday night  —  Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip say they have launched a rocket on Jerusalem - the first time the holy city has been targeted from Gaza.  —  Israel Army radio said the missile landed just outside the city …
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New York Times:   Jerusalem Targeted by Rockets for First Time in Gaza Conflict
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate passes resolution condoning Israel's strikes on Hamas
BBC:   Gaza crisis: Egyptians back under-fire Palestinians
Nidal al-Mughrabi / Reuters:
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv under rocket fire, Netanyahu warns Gaza
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama, Boehner launch second effort to reach grand bargain to cut deficit
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama, GOP Leaders Hold Fiscal Summit at White House
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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Cliff Ad Campaign: Unions Target Senate Dems
Discussion: Washington Monthly
WWL-TV:
11 airlifted, two missing after Gulf platform explosion  —  OFF THE GULF COAST - The Coast Guard says that 11 people have been airlifted out and two are missing after an explosion at a platform in the Gulf of Mexico south of Grand Isle Friday morning.  —  Captain Ed Cubanski …
Discussion: WAFB-TV, Gizmodo and The Raw Story
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
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.
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.”
Matthew Purdy / New York Times:
Letter Raises Questions About When BBC Ex-Chief Learned of Abuse Cases  —  A legal letter sent on behalf of Mark Thompson, the former director general of the BBC, raises questions about his assertions that he learned of accusations of sexual abuse against its longtime host Jimmy Savile only after leaving the corporation's top job.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   Times See No Evil CEO Mark Thompson's Veil of Ignorance Continues To Unravel
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).
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Not Gerrymandering, but Districting: More Evidence on How Democrats Won the Popular Vote but Lost the Congress  —  This is a guest post by political scientist Nicholas Goedert, who is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University.  —  Expanding on recent posts by Dan Hopkins and Eric McGhee …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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