Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
January 16th, 2011
07:04 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

This week, U.S. House members will be getting back to regular business  for the first time since the January 8 Arizona shootings that killed six and wounded 13, including one of their colleagues, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona. That regular business includes a vote on repealing the health care reform law.

Also in Washington, days after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S.-China relationship is at a critical juncture, President Barack Obama will be hosting Chinese President Hu Jintao for a state visit this week.

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

Health care repeal debate to resume in Congress

House Republicans had intended to have the House vote on whether to repeal health care reform last week, but GOP leaders postponed the vote after the Arizona shootings. Debate could come Tuesday, with a vote on Wednesday.

Even if the GOP-controlled House votes for a repeal, the measure is considered to have almost no chance of surviving a Democratic-controlled Senate or a promised presidential veto.

CNN will monitor developments of Giffords' recovery and the investigation into the shootings and suspect Jared Lee Loughner. One of Giffords' friends, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, said Sunday that Giffords  was moving both sides of her body and was able to breathe on her own.  Giffords was shot in the head. Her condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Sunday.

Chinese president, Obama to meet

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Washington on Tuesday for talks later in the week with President Barack Obama. The visit comes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week called on China to end discrimination against U.S. companies and to stop preferential treatment for Chinese firms. The visit also comes after a U.S. delegation that was sent to China to negotiate economic deals returned from Beijing disappointed with a lack of progress, a senior administration official said. Clinton last week noted many tensions between the two countries on economic and security issues, but she said ties were improving and that the Obama administration wanted a "positive, cooperative and comprehensive" relationship.

Tunisia set for new government after president flees

Leaders in Tunisia are expected to announce a short-term unity government on Monday after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country amid protests.  Tunisians, spurred by the suicide of an unemployed college graduate after police confiscated his fruit cart, have been protesting for days over what they consider poor living conditions, high unemployment, government corruption and repression. Ben Ali had been in charge for 23 years. Other Arab nations with a long-time president and a young, underemployed population will be watching Tunisia closely.

Lebanon starts process to choose new prime minister

Lebanon's president will start consulting Monday with members of parliament on whom to name as the new prime minister, who will then try to form a new government. Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government collapsed last week when members of the Hezbollah movement and its allies resigned their ministerial posts, in part because the government wouldn't denounce a U.N.-backed tribunal's investigation of the 2005 assassination of the premier's father. The tribunal is expected to indict members of Hezbollah, possibly this month.

Floods still threaten thousands of Brazilians

Hundreds of people already have died in flooding in a mountainous region of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, and thousands of other people who are living on mountain slopes or riverbanks still are at risk of being washed away.

More than 600 deaths were reported as of Sunday, but rescuers have not been able to reach some flooded areas, and many more people are feared dead. More rain is expected this week in areas that already are submerged.

More flood warnings in Australia

As Queensland state in northeastern Australia continues to come to grips with flooding that has killed at least 18 people, flood warnings have been issued to the south, in Victoria state. In Queensland, weeks of rain swelled the Brisbane River, inundating more than 20,000 homes.

Australian Open to begin after stars raise flood money

The Australian Open - the first Grand Slam tennis event of the year - kicks off in Melbourne on Monday, a day after tennis stars came together for two exhibition matches to raise money for flooding victims. The Rally for Relief took place Sunday at Rod Laver Arena, featuring Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters and others.

As for the Open itself, defending champion Federer will be hoping to keep Nadal from getting his fourth straight Grand Slam title in men's singles. On the women's side, defending singles champ Serena Williams is out because of injury. Wozniacki and Clijsters are among the favorites, with Clijsters looking for her first Australian Open win and Wozniacki seeking her first Grand Slam title.

Chinese food extravaganza

Our Eatocracy blog this week is turning its gaze to Chinese food. Do you love your spring rolls? Check out Eatocracy this week to find out why the best spring rolls in the United States are in a Philadelphia suburb. Also look out for a "Chinese Food 101" and an interview with a Chinese food expert.

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  1. JustinTK

    So if you tell us what's coming next, is it actually news once you talk about it later?

    January 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stone

    Media dwells too much on one topic

    January 16, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lisa

    What about a raise or stimulus for the people on social security don't we matter to anyone in washington times are tough we need help out here

    January 17, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. jacob johnson

    Everybody commenting on this site is stupid.Obama doesn't care about anybody but himself.and why is it everytime some nut goes on a shooting rampage everyone wants gun control just try taking my guns from me

    January 17, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lasvegasworld

    China stock... Spin the bottle... Still spinning. What would MLK think? Most would say..who cares? Hillary? Winning is everything and the bets were placed while loud shouting distracted us. Global is not inherent evil.? QUESTION FOR THE NEXT DECADE..What is a free market? Maybe the Chinese student authority can explain it to us as how they follow a nearly perfect chairman cheny American example.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |

    Culture has de-evolved since MLK

    January 17, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    hey banasy you will be happy 2 know there is a tard day! i just looked it up itr april lst otherwise known as april fools day or tard day lol

    January 17, 2011 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. alexsilcox

    People should never forget that real health depends how well you take care of yourself and not what health insurance you carry but I agree health insurance is important for every one. Search "Wise Health Insurance" online for dollar a day insurance plans.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. brendasmithy17

    I use "123 Get Samples" to find free samples of major brands online. Please note they update their samples every day but I just pick what ever available at that time and use them.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |

    @ banasy, martin Im glad to see that there are more people out in this country that know the truth ! They are the only people that i know of that can vote to give thier own selves a raise, i sure cant ! And they have healthcare that pays 100% . Does anyone think they care at ALL weither we have insurance or not ? And yes thiers is paid for ! Keep spreading the word ! Its about time this country woke up to what our government is really like ! SPREAD THE WORD SPREAD THE WORD !!!!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. FutureofUSChinaTrade

    There has been much talk this week about the “economic rivalry” between the US and China. But that term – "rivalry" – suggests that US-China economic relations is some sort of zero-sum contest. When in reality the U.S. economy can grow the most when China's economy is at its best, too.

    True, there are plenty of legitimate complaints to be made about China: they don't protect intellectual property like other countries U.S. businesses operate in and they have held their currency under value. And China – just like the U.S., by the way – protects some domestic industries.

    But the Sino-American economic relationship is nevertheless the opposite of a zero-sum contest. The global economy – and the U.S. economy – is on whole far richer than it would be if China's economy had never "risen." As Nobel Laureate Ed Prescott has said, "Global economic integration is the path to riches and peace."

    President Obama and President Hu would do well to keep that in mind as they meet today.


    January 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
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