Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
June 19th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has warned that the House might consider defunding U.S. military operations in Libya this week. Here is a look at this and other stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Boehner threatens funding of Libya mission

Arguing that President Barack Obama has failed to get required congressional authorization for U.S. participation in the NATO military mission in Libya, Boehner, R-Ohio, has said that the House might seek to defund U.S. operations there when it considers a defense appropriation measure this week.

Boehner says the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which limits the ability of the president to unilaterally engage U.S. forces in combat, required Obama needed to get congressional approval of the Libya operations by today, 90 days after the campaign started. The White House has responded that Obama didn't need authorization because U.S. forces play only a supporting role in Libya and don't engage in what the resolution defined as hostilities.

If Boehner tries to withhold the money, he won't have the support of two high-profile GOP senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Both said on Sunday talk shows that the move would undermine NATO allies.

Southwest wildfires consuming acres at rapid pace

Dozens of wildfires are burning in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and weather conditions are making containment difficult.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning - which means gusty winds, high heat and low humidity may combine to let fire spread easily - in those three states and four others. Wind speeds are expected to decrease Monday in New Mexico, but critical fire weather conditions still will be likely in parts of the state, the weather service said.

U.S. wildfires have burned almost as many acres in the first half of 2011 (3.1 million acres) as were recorded by the National Interagency Fire Center for the first 11 months of 2010 (3.2 million acres). One Arizona fire has burned 511,118 acres and forced hundreds of evacuations since it started May 29; it was 44% contained as of Sunday, fire officials said.

New York Senate could vote on same-sex marriage legalization

The New York Senate could vote Monday on a bill that would legalize same sex marriage in New York and bring the number of states granting same-sex marriage licenses to six.

The state Assembly passed the bill last week. As of Friday, the bill appeared to be one supporter short of passage in the Senate, with some senators expressing concern that the bill could expose religious institutions and religiously affiliated adoption agencies to lawsuits. State lawmakers are due to leave for summer recess after Monday.

Five states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire - and the District of Columbia currently grant same-sex marriage licenses.

Syrian president to address nation Monday

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who leads a country where popular unrest took hold more than three months ago, is expected to address his nation Monday, according to state-run media reports.

More than 1,100 people may have died since the unrest across Syria began in mid-March, after teens were arrested for writing anti-government graffiti in Daraa, according to Amnesty International. The Syrian government has consistently blamed the protest casualties on "armed gangs."

International pressure has steadily grown in recent months, with critics accusing forces loyal to Assad of targeting defenseless demonstrators and prohibiting outside help to those in need.

A wave of Syrians has fled their country for Turkey to escape violence. The Turkish government said over the weekend that more than 10,100 Syrians have crossed the border.

The United States is collecting information on possible war crimes by Syrian security forces amid the crackdown, a senior Obama administration official said last week. The administration is lobbying members of the U.N. Security Council to support a resolution on Syria that, according to another administration official, would send a strong message to Assad.

European finance ministers mull a second bailout for Greece

European Union finance ministers are meeting in Luxembourg early this week to discuss, among other things, whether to produce a second economic bailout package for debt-strapped Greece.

There are fears that efforts to restructure Greece's debt could spark an investor panic similar to that in the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, the U.S.-based global investment bank. The debt crisis also raises concerns for Europe's currency, the euro. The world economy could be shaken should Greece default on its debts.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is fighting to stay in power amid weeks of protests against plans to bring down the country's enormous budget deficit. The deficit has led to tax hikes and public-sector job losses, which has exacerbated an already record-high unemployment there.

Wimbledon begins; 'longest match' competitors meet again

The time for pre-tournament galas and slightly alarming party dresses are over: Wimbledon, the only Grand Slam tennis event played on grass, begins Monday.

Defending men's singles champ Rafael Nadal, who has won the last two Wimbledons that he has entered, will play his first-round match Monday on Centre Court against the United States' Michael Russell.  SI.com's Jon Wertheim writes that it's hard to pick against the reigning French Open champ.

The tournament marks the returns of American sisters Serena and Venus Williams, both of whom had been out with injuries for months. Serena, the defending women's singles champ at Wimbledon, is the seventh seed this year.

On Tuesday, the two men who played the longest-ever tennis match at last year's Wimbledon tournament, American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, will play against each other again in first-round match. Last year, Isner defeated Mahut in an 11-hour match that included a 70-68 fifth set before losing in the second round.

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  1. C A P

    Jurors in Casey Anthony’s capital murder trial were shown photographs of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee’s skeletal remains on Thursday as a crime scene technician who responded to the scene testified.

    Technician Jennifer Welch with the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office detailed items found with the little girl’s remains, including a black plastic bag, an off-white canvas bag, a red plastic Disney bag, a pair of shorts, a blanket and “clothing remnants.” Duct tape could be seen on the facial region of the skull, she testified.

    Anthony cried as the photographs were displayed Thursday in the Orlando courtroom. Jurors took notes as Welch testified.

    Anthony, 25, faces seven counts in Caylee’s death, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading investigators. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.

    The toddler’s family last saw her on June 16, 2008, but no one alerted police until July 15, when the girl’s maternal grandmother tracked down Casey Anthony and demanded answers.

    Prosecutors allege Casey Anthony used chloroform on her daughter and suffocated her by putting duct tape over the little girl’s mouth and nose. They allege she put her daughter’s body in her car trunk before disposing of it. Caylee’s skeletal remains were found on December 11, 2008, less than a mile from the home of Casey Anthony’s parents.

    Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty and denied having anything to do with her daughter’s death. Defense attorney Jose Baez has said that when all the facts are known, it will become clear his client is innocent.

    Jurors also heard a recording of a 9-1-1 call in which a utility worker reported that meter reader Roy Kronk claimed to have found a skull at the site where the remains were found.

    Earlier, they heard testimony from Casey Anthony’s brother, who testified that his sister — out of jail on bail the month after Caylee was reported missing — told him an alternate version of how the little girl was kidnapped by her nanny.

    He said his sister told him in August 2008 that she had met the nanny, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, at an Orlando park along with Gonzalez’s sister. Casey Anthony told him that Gonzalez held her down and told her that she was taking Caylee from her because she wasn’t a good mother, “to teach her a lesson,” Lee Anthony said.*

    June 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I hope that my (NY) state senate passes the gay marriage bill tomorrow.
    This is 2011.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. edvhou812

    In the coming weeks, Arabs will be killed in the middle east, Republicans and Democrats will make life hard for each other, as well as the country, and celebrities will do stupid things. Pretty much like last week, and the week before that, and the week before that, and the week before that and.....

    June 19, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. david

    at least bilderberg is over, eh fareed zakaria and sanjay gupta.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. david

    the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. that is the definition of terrorism. does anybody else think dropping bombs on a country to get its leader to leave relates to that definition in any way? oh yeah didnt homeland security say something like "if you see something say something"? well to janet napolitano and the department of homeland security, im seeing president barack obama ordering bombs to be dropped on libya to get its leader to resign. i know that to be terrorism. could you please detain barack obama as an enemy combatant?

    June 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david

    since cnn is letting me comment, i was also wondering if any of the so-called journalists at cnn could report on the fact that bill gates, robert gates, eric schmidt, henry kissinger, and david rockefeller attended the bilderberg meeting in st. moritz, switzerland? in the case of robert gates, that is a violation of the logan act. he should be arrested immediately. but for some reason none of that is newsworthy to cnn. i dont get it.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Because the polls that CNN takes to see what we want to hear doesn't include NEWSWORTHY events.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Hmmm, once again, David, your intellectual prowess and knowledge of the law must supersede that of everyone else. You are right, that Robert Gates would be violating the Logan Act by attending the Bilderberg meeting...if it were a STATE FUNCTION. The meeting itself is not used for nefarious purposes as I am sure you think it is. It is simply a forum for those with power to meet to discuss the best courses of action outside of media scrutiny. If you were chastised for every little slip of speech, and you wanted to have open debates without every debater losing a lot of political capital in the process, then you might want a closed door environment to speak freely of your own ideals without persecution. It would also allow you to be better informed on what effects are taking place on what markets and why. Hmmmm....there might be a reason these people get together...it must be to enslave all of mankind. Because Americans would just roll over and take it. Take a look around, David, America has come to far on the freedom front for there to ever be a fear of enslavement. It simply isn't possible, but I am sure that you know all things.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. david

    please go to infowars.com to learn more. real journalism takes place there. anderson cooper worked at the cia. wikipedia will tell you that. there is no conflict of interest there. isnt it time for americans to wake up? how much longer? maybe when you are all in fema camps will you realize the united states is going down a bad path. oh yeah since it was censored by the government, go to youtube and look up the show conspiracy theory with the subject of the police state. the government is building and has built concentration camps for all of its citizens that is cares about. i am not making any of this up.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. david

    geez, ive done more journalism in the last 20 minutes than i have seen on cnn in the last 10 years. hey cnn, could you hire me. its obvious none of your journalists have any integrity. i feel, therefore, i have more business being a journalist on your network than anybody who works there now. i have heard of world trade center building 7 and i would report on it. im still waiting for ONE journalist to report on world trade center building 7, which just happened to collapse on 9/11 for no reason. anybody at cnn, please report on it?

    June 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      LOL, I'll hire you David. that is SO true

      June 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyokol

      David, you qualify for a job as a clown, no more.

      June 20, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Roy Rogers

    Of course, conducting an air campaign, that dopes bombs on the heads of enemy combatants is not engaging in hostilities. RIGHT! Give me a break!

    June 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      There's alot of speculation about our involvement. It might be cool to know exactly how involved we are...

      June 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • callgirls

      Happy tails to you, until we meet again!

      June 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    The two posts above were not written by me. Get your own name.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      I wont be saying that faker and this will be the LAST time I address you. Bah bye

      June 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dre

    OBAMA IN 2012! ! !

    June 20, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ben Dover

    Dang!! That is a lot of information crammed into a single blog article. Makes me wanna hit da booze and partee down!! All u single ladies toss me your digits. I just wanna rock your pooper with my monster meat stick!! See ya!!

    June 20, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzz

    Hey all u gayboyz!! Let's hook up and pump my plump rump with your big ol stump, chump!! What say you flamin fairy? Pillow biters rule!!

    June 20, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dre

    Oh yeah!! Let's pack some fudge and rock dat chute....I just wanna bang u till u toot! Let schlob dat knob and hit dat hole, I just want some goo from dat big ol pole!!

    June 20, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jane Doe

    this is the war we SHOULD be funding NOT the Iraq war that was pointless to begin with.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
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