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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
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 …
Associated Press:
Petraeus Says C.I.A. Saw Libya Attack as Terrorism
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mother Jones
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.
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
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.
AP Member Choice Limited / Reuters:
No more Twinkies? Hostess plans to shut down
DealBook:
Hostess Brands Moves to Wind Down Operations
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.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Views of Obama, Democrats Improve After Election
Reuters:
Erdogan: Israeli strikes a pre-election stunt  —  Turkish prime minister lays blame for conflict firmly on Jewish state, tells reporters ‘before this election they shot these innocent people in Gaza for reasons they fabricated’  —  Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan decried
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate passes resolution condoning Israel's strikes on Hamas
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
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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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George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Judge denies Allen West's recount request; focus now on 4 p.m. canvassing board meeting
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Age of Possibility  —  At some point over the past generation …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Despite Obstacles, GOP And Dem Leaders Optimistic On Tax And Spending Deal
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
At Republican governors' gathering, plenty of blame for Romney
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Mitt still doesn't get it  —  Repeating his losing message
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Not Gerrymandering, but Districting: More Evidence on How Democrats Won the Popular Vote but Lost the Congress
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Rebel Pundit / BREITBART.COM:
ANTI-ISRAEL, ANTI-AMERICA PROTEST OUTSIDE OBAMA HQ IN CHICAGO
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Christie agrees Romney comments were ‘wrong’, calls on GOP to pivot
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Bob FitzSimmonds, Virginia GOP Official, Predicts Obama ‘Goes To Hell’
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