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3:25 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.
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
Discussion: protein wisdom
Associated Press:
Twinkie maker Hostess moves to wind down operations, lay off its 18,500 workers
DealBook:
Hostess Brands Moves to Wind Down Operations
AP Member Choice Limited / Reuters:
No more Twinkies? Hostess plans to shut down
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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.
Discussion: Little Green Footballs, CNN and Wired
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 …
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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Chris Moody / Associated Press:
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez: Comments like Romney's set ‘us back as a party’  —  LAS VEGAS—After two days of meetings at the Republican Governors Association conference, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday said she heard a lot about the party's need to reach new constituencies …
Wall Street Journal:
Deadline Delayed For a Month on Health Exchanges
Discussion: Hit & Run, Wonkblog and Hot Air
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Chris Christie unwraps Mitt Romney's ‘gift’ claim
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
At Republican governors' gathering, plenty of blame for Romney
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Democratic Solution To The Filibuster: Make Them Talk … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Harry Reid , Congress, Democrats, Elections 2012, U.S. Senate, Video, Democrats Filibuster Reform, Politics News, Democratic Filibuster Reform, Democrats Fillibuster Reform, Filibuster, Filibuster Reform, Politics News
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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
John Boehner Lengthens The Fuse On The Austerity Bomb
Discussion: Eschaton
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Despite Obstacles, GOP And Dem Leaders Optimistic On Tax And Spending Deal
Discussion: Firedoglake
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Congressional Leaders Optimistic, Say Revenue, Spending On The Table
Wall Street Journal:   Fiscal Cliff Talks to Get Fast Track
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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BBC:
Gaza rocket fired at Jerusalem
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate passes resolution condoning Israel's strikes on Hamas
New York Times:   Jerusalem Targeted by Rockets for First Time in Gaza Conflict
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.
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
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).
utsandiego.com:
Bilbray concedes to Peters in congressional race  —  GOP incumbent concedes race to Democratic port commissioner  —  Rep. Brian Bilbray conceded to Scott Peters on Friday, ending one of the most expensive and closely watched congressional races in California.
Discussion: The Fix and Politico
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP Rep. Bilbray concedes his race
Discussion: CNN
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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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Bob FitzSimmonds, Virginia GOP Official, Predicts Obama ‘Goes To Hell’
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Dozen House Women Defend Rice Over Libya Comments  —  A dozen female members of the House have staunchly defended U.N. ambassador Susan Rice against Republican criticism over her remarks on the deadly Sept. 11 Libya attack, suggesting the lawmakers' comments were racist and sexist.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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 …
WWL-TV:
4 critical, 2 missing after fire and explosion on Gulf platform  —  OFF THE GULF COAST - Four people were in critical condition and two others were missing after a fire and explosion on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico south of Grand Isle Friday morning.  —  Coast Guard Incident Commander Ed Cubanski …
Discussion: WAFB-TV, Gizmodo and The Raw Story
 
 
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Mitt still doesn't get it  —  Repeating his losing message
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ANTI-ISRAEL, ANTI-AMERICA PROTEST OUTSIDE OBAMA HQ IN CHICAGO
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