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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.
Discussion: CNBC, Weasel Zippers and The Greenroom
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.
USA Today:
No more Twinkies? Others could buy Hostess' brands
Associated Press:
Twinkie maker Hostess moves to wind down operations, lay off its 18,500 workers
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
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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Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain on Why the Republican Party Needs to Wake Up  —  Four years after her father lost his bid for presidency, Meghan McCain on why the Republican Party is still having a major identity crisis.  —  I found out early on Election Day that Mitt Romney wouldn't become our next president.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Chris Christie unwraps Mitt Romney's ‘gift’ claim
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
House GOP: Obama officials using secret emails to avoid oversight  —  The House science committee is demanding the White House explain why top administration officials are using secret e-mail accounts and other techniques to conceal their taxpayer-paid activities from public oversight.
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Broadwell, Kelley visited White House
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
John Boehner Lengthens The Fuse On The Austerity Bomb
Discussion: Firedoglake, msnbc.com and Eschaton
The Daily Caller:   Woman in Petraeus scandal visited White House
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 …
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Politico:
Judge denies Allen West recount request  —  A judge on Friday denied Rep. Allen West's request for a recount of more than 30,000 early votes — a blow to the Florida Republican's bid to overcome a 1,907-vote, or 0.58 percent, deficit in his race against Democrat Patrick Murphy.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matthew Hendley / Valley Fever:
Obama Voters No Longer Allowed at Pinetop Gun Store — “Effective Immediately”  —  If you're one of the 736 people in Pinetop who voted for President Obama last week, let it be known that you are no longer welcome inside one of the town's gun shops.  —  At least, that's according to the store's owner …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona Gun Store: No Obama Voters Allowed  —  A gun shop in Arizona has a clear message to would-be customers who happened to vote for President Barack Obama: take your business elsewhere.  —  The Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, Ariz. took out an advertisement last week in the local newspaper …
Discussion: Valley Fever and Booman Tribune
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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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.
John O'Brien / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Cortland County district attorney admits acting in porn movies in 1970s  —  Mark Suben, the Cortland County district attorney, said today he acted in pornographic movies in the 1970s.  —  In a 3 p.m. news conference today, he admitted that he lied about his history to The Post-Standard …
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).
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: TIME, Wall Street Journal and Politico
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 …
 
 
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