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Friday, November 09, 2012
Bill Ritters daily take on the news.

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

Call it LIPA-suction. That's one of the cleaner phrases we're hearing today from ticked off Long Islanders, who wonder why it's taking so long to get power back.

There's no question this was a monster storm, and the damage was going to be bad and there would be huge power outages. But 12 days later and still no power for so many people? Really? How is this possible? And why are so many other areas still without power? Tonight, our Jeff Pegues looks for some answers.

We'll also have the latest on what was supposed to be an easing of the long gas lines in New York City and on Long Island. And how's that working out? Not so much. Gas rationing may take a few days to start to take effect. Fingers crossed.

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And we're on Staten Island where volunteers will converge this weekend, with supplies and encouragement for survivors of Hurricane Sandy. It's part of a city-wide effort to help those who are still without.

We're also taking a closer look at the shocking resignation of CIA Director General David Petraeus, who said in his farewell letter that he had an extramarital affair. So many unanswered questions about this surprise resignation: He's announcing it now because, why? What else is there to this? Did he have to resign? Was he compromised somehow in who he had this affair with? Did the Director of the CIA somehow put the U.S. in an unprotected situation, after a lifetime of trying to protect his country? Was news of this going to leak out and he decided to get ahead of it?

The White House says it found out about all this on Wednesday, the day after the election, and told the President on Thursday. Would it have made a difference had this come out before the election? Perhaps.

Regardless, Petraeus, who at various time was in charge of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, is one of the most respected military people in Washington, and on the surface, the whole thing just seems a sad affair, no pun intended. But the question remains, is there more to this? We're digging deeper, tonight at 11.

One more note on Petraeus. In this week's Newsweek, Petraeus has his "rules for living," and we were most interested in rule #5, apropos for today's development: "We all make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear view mirror  drive on and avoid making them again."

Wow.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

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