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Post Show Thoughts: Petraeus Resigns


General David Petraeus' surprise resignation from the CIA in light of an extra-marital affair sent shockwaves through Washington as details were still emerging this Sunday morning on Meet the Press.

The Washington Post's Bob Woodward reported that Petraeus had just gotten back from Benghazi, Libya where he was personally looking in to the situation that lead to four American deaths there. 

Woodward said Petraeus "knows the full story" of what happened during the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission and, if he were allowed, his testimony "would essentially back up the White House."

More news this morning came from Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who announced that he, along with South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, have put together "a comprehensive, detailed blueprint for immigration reform."

Schumer said the two senators have been talking to their colleagues and believes the Senate has "a darn good chance, using this blueprint, to get something done this year."

You can watch the entire program on our website including our roundtable for more on the Petraeus news as well as the pending fiscal cliff deadline set for the end of the year. The question is whether or not both sides can come to an agreement on a grand bargain in time to avert economic calamity. 

Both sides have signaled this week that they are ready and willing to come to the negotiating table and, thanks to documents obtained by Bob Woodward, we can have a clearer idea of the kind of proposal the White House may make. 

This morning was also significant for everyone here at Meet the Press; we celebrated our 65th anniversary and continue to be the world's longest running television program. 

We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.