March 26th, 2010
09:21 AM ET

On the Radar: Violence against Congress, McCain-Palin, Iraq

A giant cross overshadows St. Peters Square at the Vatican on March 25.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Friday:

Church Abuse - We follow the global story of Catholic church abuse with the reactions around the world from several archbishops and stories looking at how much the Vatican knew about the alleged abuse and when. Friday the Catholic Archdiocese in Munich, Germany, denied a report that the Pope knew a priest convicted of abusing minors was back at work. On the same day, French bishops wrote a letter saying they felt "shame and regret for the abominable acts" by some priests in the Catholic church. The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster called the child abuse committed within the church "totally unacceptable" and said he was ashamed of what happened.

McCain and Palin on the trail again - Sen. John McCain is running for re-election and for the first time in nearly 20 years is facing a tough challenge from J.D. Hayworth. When he hits the campaign trail this weekend, there will be a familiar face alongside him - Sarah Palin.  The pair will be at an event in Tucson, Arizona, at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Violence against Congress - People have been making death threats, sending threatening letters, white powder envelopes and bricks through windows to Congressional and campaign offices. The rash of incivility against Congressional leaders, both Democrats and Republicans, follows strong sentiments regarding the health care bill. Our reporters look at whether this violence is unheard of, whether it reflects a sign of the times and how it may compare to reactions after other sweeping legislation changes. We also look at what happens when those, who have had threats made against them, head back to their home districts.

Iraq elections - Hundreds of supporters of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's political bloc took to the streets Friday demanding that the country's election commission conduct a manual recount of Iraq's March 7 election. During the protest, al-Maliki's supporters were carrying Iraqi flags, religious flags and chanting. The final results are expected to be announced Friday at noon.

Tea Party and Harry Reid - Thousands of Tea Party activists are mounting their latest cross-country protest against big government and health care reform - and they are hoping their choice of place will carry a strong symbolic message. They'll be converging on Searchlight, Nevada - the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - in hopes of making the four-term incumbent one of the primary targets of the GOP's effort to take over the Senate in the fall elections.

Arenas sentencing - A judge is scheduled to sentence Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas on Friday for bringing guns into the basketball team's locker room. Arenas, who has been suspended from playing in the NBA this season, pleaded guilty on January 15 to illegally bringing four guns into the Wizards' locker room during an ongoing dispute with teammate Jarvaris Crittenton.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. I bin Pharteen

    Americans don't have the ballz to stand up to their betters hence the embarrasing losses in Iraq & other parts of Ethniklashistan.

    Americans are now the most gutless wonders on planet earth & Congress is full of crimianl bankster thieves & war criminals.

    I laff at your stupidity.

    Allah rules & Jesus drools!

    March 26, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Proud American

    Enjoy your freedom buddy, because american men and women fight and die for it everyday. Have you forgotton to who the people are that threaten that freedom? not christians. You should go back to youpickastan and remember why your people come to the great nation of the United States to live. Better yet take all your people with you and stay there and fight your own civil war. AHSALAMALICKEM

    March 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    How many young innocent children committed suicide after being repeatedly raped and sodomized while under the care of Vatican Clergy?

    CNN Staffers have the resources to find out how many children that were raped and sodomized by the Vatican Clergy went on and took their own lives as a result of that horrific experience that shattered their young innocent lives.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. gordon

    Men wearing dresses should never be trusted

    March 31, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |