Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
January 9th, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

A suspect has been charged with federal crimes following Saturday's shooting in Arizona that killed six people, including U.S. District Judge John Roll, and wounded 14, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. But developments and ramifications - legal, medical and political - will unfold throughout the week.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has been charged with attempting to kill a member of Congress, first-degree murder and attempted murder. But those counts involve only victims who worked for the federal government, and state prosecutors could bring charges in the remaining cases. Loughner is scheduled to make an initial appearance before a federal magistrate in Phoenix on Monday.

Giffords, who was shot in the head at a political event outside a grocery store in Tucson, has been able to communicate with physicians by following simple commands, a doctor said Sunday. One physician said he didn't want to speculate on her recovery process, but said it is not uncommon for people with such injuries to be in an intensive care unit for at least a week and hospitalized for two to three weeks before beginning a rehabilitative phase that could last weeks to months.

All legislation on the U.S. House schedule for the coming week has been postponed, meaning the House will not vote this week on the repeal of health care reform as previously anticipated. However, the House is expected to issue tributes and consider at least one resolution honoring the shooting victims this week. President Barack Obama has called for a national moment of silence at 11 a.m. Monday to honor the victims.

Here's a look at some of the other stories we plan to follow this week:

French President Sarkozy to meet with Obama

Obama is expected to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the White House on Monday to discuss foreign policy and security. Sarkozy, whose country is assuming the presidency of the G-8 and G-20 economic groups this year, also is interested in having the global economy be less reliant on the U.S. dollar.  Meanwhile, France is sending its defense minister to Niger this week after two French hostages were executed in that West African country. The French Defense Ministry has said the people behind the kidnapping probably were part of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. That group hasn't claimed responsibility, but the group's leader has warned France that if it does not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, more French nationals would be endangered.

Also in Washington: Clinton's address on China and RNC election

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to give a major address Friday at the State Department on a vision for U.S.-China relations in the 21st century. Also that day, the Republican National Committee will elect its next chairman, with incumbent Michael Steele trying to fend of several challengers.

Sudanese begin voting on whether to split nation

People in Sudan's southern autonomous region will cast ballots over the next seven days on whether to split from the north, a move that would create the world's newest country. The two sides fought a war that killed 2 million people from 1983 to 2005, when a peace treaty set the stage for the vote that began Sunday. The south, which has most of Sudan's oil, is heavily populated by black Christians and animists, whereas the government of the north is dominated by Arab Muslims. The vote has sparked fears of renewed violence among rival southern groups or between the north and south, though Sudan's president has said his government would accept the results of the south's referendum.

Haiti quake, one year later

Wednesday will mark a full year since an earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people in Haiti. Tent cities, rubble and abject poverty remain in the country despite pledges of massive international aid.  The Caribbean nation also was battered by Hurricane Tomas and a cholera outbreak in 2010. CNN's Anderson Cooper will report live from Haiti on "AC 360°" on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also this week, look for a report from CNN's Ivan Watson, who will examine the role Voodoo is playing in the way some Haitians are coping with the disasters.

Cuba's Public Enemy No. 1 goes on trial - in Texas

Luis Posada Carriles is going on trial, but not where Cuba's government would like to see him face charges. Posada, whom Cuba wants to see charged in connection with alleged assassination plots and terrorist bombings in that country, is set to go on trial in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, charged with lying about how he entered the United States. Posada, a foe of the Cuban Revolution, was once a CIA operative.

Auburn vs. Oregon for college football championship

Twenty-three days after it began, the NCAA Division I bowl season finally comes to an end Monday with the BCS national championship game in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Auburn will face Oregon. Previewing the game, SI.com's Stewart Mandel writes that although Oregon's offense gets plenty of attention, its unsung defense - which has limited foes to 18.4 points per game - has done its part to get the Ducks to the title game.

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    in haiti there is still rubble and tents every where? if 50% or more are unemployed there how come it's still so messy? if they have time to lean they have time to clean.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the instagator

    Is very sad I hope the 9 year olds family will get justice out of this. He's (only being charged for the victims of the federal gov.) That's not right.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ggmoore

    As a Canadian I am appauled that this stupid woman who seesm to think she is a rock star in actual fact is a dumbo has enraged a mental idividual to draw cross hairs and attempt to kill a congress woman and kill 6 others while in the process,,,,I find her guilty ,,,,,,,I hope she remembers the people who died for her stupidity and recount her mistakes .......what has the USA come to .

    January 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. worc

    @ instgator: The feds did what had to now it's up to the state to step up to the plate.
    Very soon I hope.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mikey

    Ggmoore I hope you dont think all americans are like him or palin we are not but those who have the tv and radio and preach in words of hate and violence against some on or group should be held partialy responsible

    January 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Austin

    I believe the BCS championship game is in Glendale and not scottsdale,


    January 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 2100/USA

    I LOVE to HATE ! ! !...... You know what ? CANADIANS SUCK K ! ! ! !@ggmoore you're F***ing STUPID, and so is your country, CANADIANS SUCK ! ! ! ! ! ! !..... You heartless BAST**D ! ! ! ! !....... CANADA SUCKS!!..

    January 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 2100/USA

    As an AMERICAN , I THINK CANADIANS ! ! ! ! S U C K ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !........

    January 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |

    which is worth more. a roll of toilet paper of a dollar?

    January 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    @2100/USA: Looks like you need an exorcist real fast. @RuffNut: A dollar, of course.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Get over it. Canada stopped selling us asbestos years ago. Or did they?

    January 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @Philip: I think 2100 is possessed by some kind of demon.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    Quick, help! One of our very own bloggers, 2100, is possessed by a demon. Get an exorcist, quick!

    January 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    Well there's still work to do on health-care reform. 80% of people wanted the cost reduced not mandated! Premiums still increased this yr – because they forgot to address the cost. Mandates leads to waste-waste leads to fraud – fraud leads to big profits for insurance companies

    January 9, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Its obvious

    It is obvious that all cnn posters on all topics except sports or hollywood deserve to observed for an obvious celebrity craving... Cries for help... Not unlike fox and one million web pages of neo con "military" braggers...all as public and all who correct the english and shout at other countries while doing it.. So congrats.. The entire internet of all comments are now suspect..especially if you challange the n.r.a...drunken military blowhards.. Intellectually vapid american women or suggest that terrorism might actually originate in the american lack of way of life. ohh or if you suggest julian assange is guilty of no particular crimes against humanity in any aspect... Victory is a crime... Defeat is normal. thanks julian.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
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