Anderson Cooper | BIO
Sarah Palin hit the campaign trail for John McCain today, who's in an election fight in Arizona. The former W.H. running mates back together. We've got the raw politics. Plus, the Pope accused of not doing enough in the sex abuse scandals here in the U.S., Ireland, Germany and other countries. Singer Sinead O'Connor is blasting the pontiff for his letter to the people of Ireland. That's our exclusive big 360° interview. We'll also have the Vatican's side.
Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.
Here are some of them:
1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)
See how a Colombian woman went from top model to most wanted in a special investigation on "AC 360", CNN tonight 10 p.m. ET (2 a.m. GMT Saturday)
An international arrest warrant is out for 30-year old former beauty queen Angie Sanclemente. She is allegedly the key player in a drug-trafficking operation that uses models as smugglers.
Angie Sanclemente and her husband Alejandro Velasquez marry in 1998. The marriage was short lived but later cost her Miss Coffee Beauty title.
Angie Sanclemente wins Colombia's Queen of Coffee pageant in 2000. She was dethroned when judges found out she had once been married.
"I am convinced Sanclemente is heavily involved in drug trafficking but I still cannot determine exactly what role she plays," one Argentine source close to the investigation told CNN.
Colombian-born Angie Sanclemente, in a modeling shoot in Mexico, is now believed to be in Argentina.
While on the run, Sanclemente has managed to update her Facebook page recently posting from Buenos Aires, even after the arrest warrant was issued.
Sanclemente told CNN via Facebook: "I don't want to go to jail I don't deserve it. I am innocent."
The United Nations and UNICEF
Both the United Nations and UNICEF have released situation reports on Haiti for March, two months after the quake.
The United Nations lists a death toll of 222,517 people, with another estimated 310,928 injured. Read the full report here.
UN children's humanitarian group UNICEF estimates that 3 million people have been affected by January's devastating earthquake. Two million of those are from the worst hit region of Port-au-Prince-Carrefour. Read their report here.
For a comprehensive look at the UN's stabilization mission in Haiti, see their website.
Program Note: Don't miss Anderson's interview Sinead O'Connor tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
When I was a child, Ireland was a Catholic theocracy. If a bishop came walking down the street, people would move to make a path for him. If a bishop attended a national sporting event, the team would kneel to kiss his ring. If someone made a mistake, instead of saying, "Nobody's perfect," we said, "Ah sure, it could happen to a bishop."
The expression was more accurate than we knew. This month, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter of apology - of sorts - to Ireland to atone for decades of sexual abuse of minors by priests whom those children were supposed to trust. To many people in my homeland, the pope's letter is an insult not only to our intelligence, but to our faith and to our country. To understand why, one must realize that we Irish endured a brutal brand of Catholicism that revolved around the humiliation of children.
I experienced this personally. When I was a young girl, my mother - an abusive, less-than-perfect parent - encouraged me to shoplift. After being caught once too often, I spent 18 months in An Grianán Training Centre, an institution in Dublin for girls with behavioral problems, at the recommendation of a social worker. An Grianán was one of the now-infamous church-sponsored "Magdalene laundries," which housed pregnant teenagers and uncooperative young women. We worked in the basement, washing priests' clothes in sinks with cold water and bars of soap. We studied math and typing. We had limited contact with our families. We earned no wages. One of the nuns, at least, was kind to me and gave me my first guitar.
Top Catholic clerics from France and Britain expressed shame, anger and regret Friday over a widening abuse scandal in the church that has reached Pope Benedict XVI's doorstep.
At the same time, the Vatican and Benedict's former German diocese strongly denied a newspaper report that said the pope was aware that a priest later convicted of molesting boys was returning to pastoral work.
They said the pope, then archbishop in Munich, Germany, had no knowledge of the decision to return the priest to resume his duties.
The archdiocese "rejects any other version of events as mere speculation," the Vatican said.
The Vatican and archdiocese were responding to a New York Times article published Friday that said the future pope was copied on a memo informing him the priest, the Rev. Peter Hullermann, would return to pastoral work within days of beginning psychiatric treatment for pedophilia.
Opinion, Arizona Republic
It was one of my life's greatest privileges to serve as Sen. John McCain's running mate on the 2008 Republican ticket as he sought to lead us as president of the United States. And it's an honor to stand beside him now as he runs for re-election to the United States Senate.
Long before the summer of 2008, I respected the man known as the "maverick of the Senate." From up in the Last Frontier state, I'd watched with deep admiration as he fought tirelessly against wasteful spending and corruption. I was inspired by his willingness to buck his political party – and even his president – to do what he believed was right for this country. And as the mother of a son who would soon deploy to Iraq, I took comfort in the knowledge that Sen. McCain was there to ensure our men and women in uniform had the strategy, resources and unwavering support they needed to complete their mission.
Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya coalition won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to results that Iraqi election officials issued Friday.
Allawi's bloc edged out Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition by two in the final count of Iraq's March 7 election for the 325-member parliament, officials said. Allawi is a former Iraqi prime minister.
Allawi's bloc won 91 seats, and the State of Law coalition gained 89. The Iraqi National Alliance, dominated by Shiite parties, got 70 seats, and a Kurdish alliance took 43.
Now Allawi will begin the tough work of gathering at least 163 seats to forge a coalition government.
In the wake of the health care vote, we’ve seen an escalation of angry rhetoric and actions, fueling this week’s wingnuts to ugly new heights of incitement.
At least ten members of the House of Representatives received death threats this week while Republican House Leader Eric Cantor reported that bullets had been fired at his district offices in Virginia. Four local Democratic Party offices and district congressional offices had their windows broken with bricks.
All this follows the online exhortations of militia leader Mike Vanderboegh, who wrote on his blog this past Friday: “If we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democrat party headquarters across this country, we might just wake up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary.”
Roland S. Martin
Special to CNN
Republicans on Capitol Hill are acting like spoiled brats after Democrats snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by passing health care reform.
On the day President Obama signed the bill into law, Sen. John McCain, who often touts his ability to work across the aisle, said Republicans will no longer cooperate with Democrats because of the passage of health care.
In an interview with an Arizona radio station, McCain said: "There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year. They have poisoned the well in what they've done and how they've done it."
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
Questions or comments? Send an email
Want to know more? Go behind the scenes with AC361°