Atlanta pastor responds to charges - Atlanta pastor Eddie Long, accused of coercing young men to have sexual relationships, won't be interviewed today as planned. Long says his lawyers won't let him talk. But in a statement read on a syndicated radio show Thursday, Long denied he had coerced young church members into sex, as alleged in three lawsuits filed against him.
Long asked for patience "as we continue to categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges" and requested prayers for himself, his family and the church. He said he will respond to his congregation from the pulpit on Sunday.
GOP agenda –– House Republican leaders will unveil a 21-page "Pledge to America" on Thursday that presents a "governing agenda" for what Republicans will do if they win control of Congress in November. CNN obtained a copy of the document Wednesday. READ DOCUMENT (PDF)
The plan focuses primarily on jobs and the economy, with a short reference in the "preamble" to the party's position on social issues. According to the document, House Republicans want to permanently extend all the tax cuts due to expire at the end of this year, give small businesses a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income and require Congress to review any new federal regulations that add to the deficit.
Obama, Ahmadinejad to address U.N. - President Barack Obama will urge Israel to accept an "independent Palestine" and call on Palestinians to pursue that goal peacefully in a speech at the U.N. Thursday.
Iran's leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting and also will be addressing the group. A day before the speech Ahmadinejad lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with CNN's Larry King on Wednesday, calling him a "skilled killer" who "should be put on trial for killing women and children."