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remember you can always follow what's going on in "the situation room," on twitter, you can tweet me @wolfblitzer. thank you for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." the news continues next on cnn. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. we're tracking new details this hour about the surprise resignation of cia director david we tray yoos because of an extramarital affair. at fair came to light because of an e-mail investigation sparked by a complaint of harassing e-mails allegedly sent by petrae petraeus' biographer. full update on cnn. the director-general of britain's television network the bbc is quitting. george entwhistle took responsibility for a program
that wrong wrongly implicated a politician in a sex abuse case. we finally have a winner in florida. cnn projects president obama won the sunshine state and its 29 electoral votes, based on updated vote totals provided just before today's noon deadline. the victory increases president obama's electoral vote total to 332. mitt romney got 206 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win the white house. turning to the recovery from superstorm sandy, nearly two weeks after the storm, frustration boiling over. >> can't get light for my kids, i can't get power, heat, garbage pickup. >> more than 280,000 people across the region are still without power. new jersey governor chris christie expects all the power to be restored tonight. he told reporters life will be back to normal for most of new
jersey come sunday. an earthquake rattled kentucky this morning. earthquakes are not uncommon for this area. people from ohio to georgia reported feeling the shaking, some more than 300 miles away. fayetteville, north carolina, honored veterans the day before the national holiday. the city held a parade honoring men and women who have served in uniform. tomorrow president barack obama is scheduled to take part in a ceremony at arlington national cemetery. and the marine corps is celebrating its 237th birthday today. the corps was founded in 1775 by a resolution passed during the second continental congress. the celebration includes a birthday ball and a cake cutting ceremony. more now on the downfall of the now former cia director david petraeus. u.s. government official is telling cnn the affair that caused petraeus' stepdown was first revealed through an fbi investigation. suzanne kelly has more now.
suzanne? >> we now know from a u.s. official it was a complaint that paula broadwell, the woman who wrote the biography of general peatry was was sending harassing e-mails to another woman that prompted the fbi to investigate. also we know from that source that the investigation led to the discovery of e-mails between broadwell and petraeus that indicated the affair. that second woman hasn't been identified and the official we spoke with didn't know the nature of that woman's relationship with the former director. but more details are coming out about the time line of events and when u.s. officials were notified of the circumstances of this investigation. senior u.s. intelligence official tells cnn the fbi informed the director of national intelligence, james clapper, about the investigation on tuesday night, election night, just as some polls were beginning to close, and that director clapper as a friend, colleague, fellow officer and admirer, urged petraeus to step down from his position. we know as well from that
intelligence source that director clapper informed the white house about the investigation on wednesday, and then of course on thursday, the president and director petraeus met and that's when his letter of resignation was offered to the president. the questions will focus on this second woman, who was she, what was the nature of her relationship with petraeus and what more do officials know about the nature of these e-mails between broadwell and this other woman? maybe some of the questions will be answered as the oversight committees begin to pose questions of their own over this investigation and why they weren't informed of it until just hours before director petraeus sent notice of his resignation and the reason behind it to the men and women who worked for him at the cia. suzanne kelly, cnn, washington. >> suzanne, thank you very much. pea tray was' confession and resignation stunned the entire intelligence community. next we'll talk with general spider marks, he knows both the people involved in the petraeus decision.
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broadwell was a young officer who worked for me about a decade ago and she's just immensely gifted, bright, talented fit, a great representative, the very best our nation brings forward and so you had these two incredibly gifted folks and they make a human frailty, but at the end of the day, leadership's all about competence, and character, and in the case of david petraeus, no one, no one would challenge his competence. that's a matter of record, but at the end of the day his character indicated a bit of a frailty, and he -- i would suspect he probably didn't have somebody whisper in his ear, look, boss, you know, all glory is fleeting here and the rules apply to everybody which clearly they do and sadly we have two careers that are now in a bit of a tailspin. i think it's safe to say. >> um-hum. you know both of them, and i'm pretty sure it's your sense, you were shocked by this. >> terribly shocked. let me start with paula.
here's this young lady, married, number of kids, incredibly gifted, as i said, really focused, disciplined young lady, and then you have dave petraeus and his record. he is just transparent to everybody, understands what he has done for this nation over the course of many, many years, decades of service, so you wouldn't expect this, and so it's a tragedy and then you have to walk down the personal path and you can imagine the families that are suffering as well, but i think it's key to understand that we lost dave petraeus in the cia but the cia is going to be just fine. they'll find somebody to replace him and it will keep driving on. we'll be okay. >> have you had a chance to speak to either party since it happened? >> i have not. it would be inappropriate and they're being bombarded, it's a moment of private time to get their arms around what their next steps in life are. >> it's not right to have an affair but no one is perfect.
everyone makes mistakes so we hope they both recover and especially mrs. petraeus and they move on and get their lives together. >> absolutely, don, i completely concur. >> wlet's talk more about iran. iranian jets fired on a drone while it was on a routine surveillance mission. it's the first time this apaurntly has happened. what could iran's intention be here? >> clearly iran is getting much more boisterous and they know they're under the spotlight. they're suffering commercially as a result of the economic sanctions but there is no discernible causal link between those sanctions and their nuclear development. yet they are very much on the edge and they realize that the world is looking at how they are developing their nuclear capacity. now you have a u.s. unmanned aerial vehicle in international air space. this was not a violation of their territorial air space and they get shot on. iran is being incredibly
aggressive. let me add they missed the drone. the u.s. responded in a very measured way to land the drone and now we have to walk down the path of seeing how much more we can do to continue our intelligence over intelligence collection against the iranians to ensure they do not create a nuclear capability, and it's all about uranium enrichment, and the level of enrichment. there's no way that we know how much of that enrichment is taking place and how many rods they have developed. so it's a very, very difficult intelligence challenge for us, and for the the international community and we have to continue to plug away at it. so this incident should not alter our path to try to get our arms around this at all. >> general marks, seven navy s.e.a.l.s have been reprimanded for revealing classified information to the makers of a video game. the navy was unusually public about this, why? >> well i think they need to make an example of this. i think we've reached the point in life where there are no
secrets. where is the propriety in all of this? these s.e.a.l.s are incredibly gifted individuals but they are members of the united states military. they're u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s. they have zero authority to be dealing with the commercial enterprise for their financial gain based on information and techniques, tactics, techniques and procedures that they would use in the execution of their tasks. i think it's a good idea to keep it public and to -- you know, leadership is about being deliberate. this is deliberate leadership on the part of the navy and it's a good thing to get the message out. >> general marks always a pleasure. >> thank you, don. many are still struggling after sandy took away the most basic of necessities. ahead, we'll talk with one woman, 70 years old, she lives in a high-rise apartment complex, no elevator, just having water every day is a haul, a long haul really. but first, it is time now
for our veterans in focus segment. today we're honoring herbert carter, a world war ii vet who died thursday at the age of 95. he was a lieutenant colonel knell with the tuskegee men. he was one of four from the original group still alive and last year, carter spoke to us about breaking barriers and making history. >> to fight was doing so as an american, that i felt very proud of being and was willing to go fight and die for. it had nothing to do with racial status that i had to endure, and it was my love for america in spite of her imperfections. i feel that recognition has finally come around. i simply hope that our young men and women of america will look
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first there was sandy, then a nor'easter. residents in the northeast can't catch a break. 280,000 customers still without power across the region. fema says that more than $400 million in assistance has been approved for victims and is already in the hands of survivors or on the way. cnn's national correspondent susan candiotti is in one of the hardest hit places in the northeast, the far rockaway neighborhood of queens. sus susan? >> reporter: it's where you don't want to be when the power goes out, a 22-story high-rise where a lot of seniors live. there are no working elevators,
the only way up is one step at a time. we met one woman who has been trudging up those stairs every day. all bundled up, albina williams manages a smile before the 70 years old, yes, 70, makes a twice daily climb up six flights dragging four gallons of water and a grocery cart and a bucket to her apartment. is it okay if i help you? >> yes. >> reporter: you're using this for what? >> flushing the toilet. >> reporter: i can't imagine how you carry that and this. this is the third floor, right? >> yes. >> reporter: do you need to rest? >> yes. >> reporter: catch your breath. you're going all the way up to the 16th floor. >> every day. you want to see my gallons, look. >> reporter: albina i'm going to
try to pull this lady's bag up there, too. >> that's too much for you. >> reporter: i don't know how you ladies do it. okay, this is floor five. >> five. >> reporter: up we go. up we go. okay, with he made it. this is the sixth floor. all right. albina, how is your breathing right now? >> tired and -- >> reporter: you're okay? >> i tired. i'm tired. it's really rough. >> reporter: what is it like at night? what are the sounds that you hear? what goes through your mind? >> i just try to study in my mind and just focus on god. >> reporter: what was it like the night of the storm? >> oh, it was horrible, because
the lights go off just like that. >> reporter: and then what? >> darkness, no light, no water. >> reporter: albina, i have to tell you i'm feeling your hands right now. your hands right now are frozen. >> yes. >> reporter: they are so cold. and this is during the daytime, when there's light in here. >> i put this on, and then this is this stuff and then i put this over it, and this now i put on pants under, and put this over it, and then this comforter. >> reporter: after putting on all those layers and underneath the comforters and all the blankets, is it enough? >> i keep warm. >> reporter: you manage to keep warm. i'm glad it's working but how long do you think you can go on like this? >> i have no idea. >> it's there for the bathrooms. >> reporter: when you're asking
them how long will it take for the power, what do they say? >> they're not saying anything around. they say they don't know, mant na maintenance say they don't know. >> reporter: what is getting you through all of this? >> god gives me the strength. >> reporter: he's giving you strength. >> yes, god giving me the strength. the only god giving me the strength, telling me. because if it wasn't him, i couldn't pull through this. god is good. >> reporter: albina, i wish you a lot of luck and i hope the power comes back soon. >> thank you. >> reporter: all right, take care. residents are getting some help. the national guard and volunteers have been trudging up and down the stairs delivering food and supplies, but until that power comes back, every day and night is excruciating. don? >> susan, thank you very much. congress back in session, next week, but can democrats and
republicans get past their differences to avoid the fiscal cliff. who is the woman involved in the cheating scandal with general david petraeus? she was once on our show. we'll look at paula broadwell next. you can stay connected and do it on your cell phone or from your computer at work. go to cnn.com/tv. ♪ ♪
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shall we, about about the e-mail resignation of the former cia director david petraeus. u.s. official tells cnn that petraeus' extramarital affair came into light because his biographer paula broadwell was sending harassing e-mails to a woman close to petraeus. earlier i asked why would the fbi investigate cia e-mails. >> because the fbi has jurisdiction if someone uses the internet to threat another person, so that's where the investigation began. it was not against director
petraeus. it was because threats were being received over the internet and since they're coming in to someone working at cia headquarters and particularly in the executive area, that prompted the fbi to go ahead and investigate the threat. >> okay, so the big concern here then, that an outsider could have access quite simply to sensitive information and intelligence. >> well, that's the concern, when it starts, but when you look into that, in the cia or fbi headquarters or any of the intel agencies, often you have dual computer systems to that you can receive outside e-mails because someone might send a complaint over the public internet service providers, and then of course you have the classified e-mail systems internally, and they're completely separate, but the fact that someone's receiving a threat at that level, they have to investigate and look at the nature of the threat and look at the person making the threats and start subpoenaing that
person's records to see if they're threatening other officials or if there's more to the story, who they're connected with. during that subsequent part of the investigation, that's where they determined the connection between the other woman and general petraeus. >> is there anyone here at risk of criminal prosecution? >> from what i'm hearing, no, that the fbi investigation was winding down. they had determined that there had not been a security breach and there had been no indication of a criminal violation on the part of director petraeus or someone from his staff, and basically that it was an administrative matter in terms of whether he's using government computer, government-owned computers to send and receive e-mails or the nature of that, but no there was going to be no prosecution. >> the book paula broadwell coauthored is titled "all in the ed ddition of general david petraeus" and in a way she has authored a much different story, one that has very much to do with the fall of a great
american leader. here's a closer look at the woman behind the story. paula broadwell, from this point on, she'll be linked to the inglorious fall of one of america's most highly regarded military leaders. so who is paula broadwell? she's an honors graduate of west point, retired army reserve major who lived, worked in or traveled to over 60 countries in 15 years of military service. paula broadwell is an author who has written about counter insurgency, transformational leadership and women in defense. she joined me as a guest earlier this year to discuss afghan military attacks on nato soldiers. i asked her if all nato troops had to be concerned with having targets on their backs. >> well i think that's taking it a little bit too far. there isn't a bull's eye on the back of every one of our servicemen and women over there. i think a lot of this dialogue is overlooking the very strong relationships many units have with their partner afghan units and in the ministries where this
happened. some of the soldiers and they're typically called afghan hands have great rapport and respect with afghans. we can't go too far and say there's a target on everyone's back. >> reporter: paula broadwell is a gifted athlete, ran track and graduated at the top of her class in physical fitness. on one of her profile pages she lists triathlons, weight lifting and kick boxing as her interests. during promotional appearances for the petraeus biography, broadwell discussed her unusual access to the general. earlier this year, cnn's brooke baldwin asked her how she was able to get so close to the general. >> this started as my dissertation about three years ago and i was working with general petraeus doing interviews via e-mail. when he was selected to replace general mccrystal in the summer
of 2010 i decided the time was right to turn it into a book. i got a visa, went to afghanistan and went on a few trips, embedded with the troopers in the field and headquarters and at some point i think he realized i was taking the research seriously, sharing hardship with the troops and risk and decided to open up a little bit more access but we had a relationship before i went there as far as this dissertation was concerned so it took it to another level. >> reporter: that access is at the root of this unfolding drama, an investigation by the fbi into alleged harassing e-mails from broadwell to another woman close to petraeus uncovered communications between broadwell and petraeus that were consistent with an extramarital affa affair. those e-mails led to the generals aresignation accepted friday by the president of the united states. we will continue to follow that story, of course, but it's half past the hour. we want to look at today's headlines for you.. nearly two weeks after sup storm sandy, frustration boiling over in some areas of the northeast.
>> can't get light on or anything for my kids, i can't get power, heat, garbage pickup. >> more than 280 people, 80,000 people across the region still without power. new jersey governor chris christie expects nearly all the power to be restored in his state by tonight. he told reporters life will be back to normal for most of new jersey come sunday. we certainly hope so. closing the book on tuesday's election now, cnn projects that president barack obama won the sunshine state and its 29 electoral votes, that's based on updated vote totals provided just before today's new deadline. the victory gives president obama 332 electoral votes, mitt romney finished with 206. 270 of course are needed to win the white house. united nations has declared today mulalah day in honor of a 15-year-old pakistani girl who inspired the world. it's been one year since she was shot in the head for campaigning
for girl's rights to an education. she's recovering at a hospital where her father sent her the many get well cards. the director-general of the bbc is quitting in the middle of a new sex scandal. george entwhistle wrongly implicated a politician in a child sex abuse case. the bbc already faced questions over another abused case. a 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattles southeast kentucky this morning. the quake was centered eight miles from whitesburg. earthquakes are not uncommon. people from ohio to georgia reported feeling shaking, some more than 300 miles away. and on the day before veterans day the marine corps is celebrating its birthday, the corpse was created 237 years ago by a resolution passed during the second continental congress. marines celebrated the day with a birthday ball and a cake cutting ceremony to honor their history and tradition. you've heard about the
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fayetteville, north carolina, got a head start on veterans day with a parade honoring men and women who have served our country in uniform. the holiday was first celebrated in 1919, one year after the end of the first world war. that war formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. president obama is scheduled to take part in a wreath laying ceremony tomorrow at arlington national cemetery. don't miss our special tomorrow, about our soldiers and the sacrifices they make for their country, for their country. "veterans in focus: service, struggle and success" airs sunday, 2:30 p.m. eastern here on cnn. after all the drama of the election night the 112th congress returns for its lame duck session tuesday. time is running out to keep the u.s. from going headlong over
the so-called fiscal cliff in the new year. that's when an onslaught of spending cuts and tax hikes are slated to go into effect. cnn's athena jones has more from washington. >> it's time to get back to work. >> reporter: with the election in the rear view mirror, the focus in washington is back on efforts to avoid the economically devastating fiscal cliff. if we just go over the cliff and let the policies stay in effect we're basically going to undo the recovery. neither party really wants to be blamed for that. >> reporter: the cliff amounts to $7 trillion in spending cuts and tax increases over the next decade. the threat of these painful cuts set to begin on january 1st is part of a deal congress and the president made last year to force them to agree on a long-term deficit reduction plan. >> this is an unprecedented scenario that congress has basically put a gun to its own head and said if we don't act, we're going to shoot ourselves. >> reporter: so far that long-term plan hasn't
materialized. the biggest chunk of the cliff? the bush tax cuts. they're also a big sticking point. democrats insist cuts for families making $250,000 or more must end. >> if we're serious about reducing the deficit we have to combine spending cuts with revenue, and that means asking the wealthiest americans to pay a little more in taxes. >> reporter: republicans say that will hurt the economy. >> feeding the growth of government through higher tax rates won't help us solve the problem. >> reporter: but the speaker also signaled what could be an opening saying raising more revenue is now on the table, as long as it comes from tax reform and not higher rates. one thing that's clear, lawmakers want the president to be involved in any dealmaking. >> i think it's important for us to come to an agreement with the president, but this is his opportunity to lead. >> reporter: and taxes aren't the only hangup. congress also has to figure out how to reduce spending on entitlements like social
security and medicare. the democrats sacred cows. with the balance of power unchanged on capitol hill, finding that elusive common ground on these issues could be tough, both in the lame duck session and beyond. short term deal that postpones the cliff appears most likely. >> that was cnn's athena jones reporting and one other note, many in the house and senate won't be coming back for the 113th congress. 86 lawmakers are retiring, lost or ran for a different office. it is the hottest movie in the country and one of our cnn ireporters sat down with daniel craig, james bond, one on one, next. ♪
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people live on the east coast, some who have suffered without power for 12 days waiting for officials to come dd for officials to come through on big promises to end the blackout. about 280,000 customers are still without power in the region, some places not expected to return until at least tuesday. during the army/rutgers football game, a t-shirt sale was held to raise money for storm relief efforts. the shirts had a logo of the state of new jersey and the word "strong" on it with the "r" emphasized for rutgers. some 130,000 households around new york city are still without power, most outages in long island and some areas of queens. like the rockaway peninsula. as cnn's deb feyerick reports, people there are fed up and want their power back now. >> do you want to hear what i
have to say or no? >> reporter: anger, frustration and despair as people demand to know why their community is still dark. >> i can't light on for my kids? power, heat, garbage pickup? it nothing? >> reporter: workers from the long island power authority known as lipa are visible but still can't seem to get the electricity back in homes in the flood zone it. new york's governor has threatened to pull the company's operating license. >> we've paid them and gave them a franchise because they represented themselves as expert s . >> reporter: volunteers worked hard to serve meals and keep up morale. many left before sunset. the trains are still not running this far out. one woman told us it feels like marshal law with people bolted inside their homes after dark. >> there's no power, no light.
you can barely see in front of you. it's difficult. you have a hard time so you strie to get in before the sun goes down. >> reporter: kenneth gonzalez, a register eed nurse is crammed io his living room, one he shares now with three other people and a few belongings he could save. >> if someone comes in here with guns, what am i supposed to do? it's like armageddon or something. they just forgot about us. how are we to survive? >> reporter: deborah feyerick, new york. the borough of queens was hit hard when superstorm sandy tore through and a snowstorm swiftly followed. but some good samaritans are pitching in to help. take a look. >> we need generators. if anybody can help us and donate generators, it would be so sweet of y'all. >> we need power in our houses. it's a shame what happened here. we need power.
>> we all have a bunch of friends that live out here. a lot of people who are running this operation actually live out here and run these businesses. and a lot of us are really close to those people. so during the storm i was trying to call them, after the storm trying to call them. i finally got in touch wednesday and they said it was really bad, a lot worse than we all thought. so i packed up my car full of supplies and drove out thinking i would just come for a day. just trying to get food and water out to people. nobody knew what was going on. then i decided to come back the next day and the next day and it just started growing. now we have a little operation that we're running, what we're kind of calling the commissary. this is a place where people can walk up, people who are mobile can walk up, get supplies and food, diapers, baby formula. basically everything. we set up coffee, hot food, loose snacks.
they can come up all day, get what they need. it's kind of like a cross between a restaurant and a bode bodega. will some people are coming for just themselves. some people are coming for three families. there is another relief group just a few blocks away. we were both offering cleanup services, both offering distribution, both canvassing and we all got together and decided we were going to combine forces. so now we are distribution. we'll be handling all food and running deliveries. and they're going to be handling all cleanup services. that's anything from pumping a basement to removing wet insulation. >> you need some help over here? >> ripping out carpet, moving washers and dryers, all that thing. we are going to find out everybody's needs an try to fill those needs the best we can. our main goal now is to sustain a quality of life.
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for obama, the their best-known commentator objected. >> we have to be careful about calling things. >> reporter: once karl rove questioned the decision, megan kelly walked back there. live camera in tow. >> keep coming. here we go. >> we're actually quite comfortable with the call in ohio. >> reporter: but the anchor who got the most flack was abc's diane sawyer. >> can we have our music? because this is another big one here. >> reporter: viewers thought her delivery was strange. >> i'll have what diane sawyer is having. >> president barack obama has won the minnesota. >> reporter: someone else tweeted, and diane sawyer declares tonight's winner is chardonnay. >> reporter: officially abc wouldn't comment but staffers suggest the diane was just exhausted from debate prep and hurricane coverage. what's an anchor supposed to do when she gets a call of nature while she's in the middle of