Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
September 4th, 2011
08:54 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

On a week that Americans take a holiday to honor workers, President Barack Obama and a prominent GOP challenger for the White House are scheduled to unveil their plans to create jobs in a country with a 9.1 percent unemployment rate. Here is a look at this and other stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Obama, Romney to detail jobs plans

In front of a joint session of Congress on Thursday, President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a plan to create jobs and strengthen the economy , including longstanding proposals to boost infrastructure projects; complete free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama; and extend unemployment benefits.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters last week to expect the president to announce both unilateral steps he can take and legislative proposals that would require passage by Congress.

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney expects to deliver a plan of his own on Tuesday in Nevada. In a bit of a preview last week, Romney said he would "make business taxes competitive with other nations, eliminate burdensome regulations and bureaucracy, and support America's workers instead of its union bosses."

The former Massachusetts governor also said he would promote the exploration of U.S. natural resources to create jobs. Other prominent Republicans - former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman - have discussed their own job creation plans.

GOP presidential candidates gather twice in three days

Republican candidates for president will face each other twice this week - once in a Q&A forum, and once in a debate.

CNN will show one of the events - the Palmetto Freedom Forum - on Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. ET. The event, which six candidates will attend, is being held by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. The senator from South Carolina is not a candidate, but his favorable standing with the Republican conservative base makes his potential endorsement attractive to those who are running.

Romney, Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, businessman Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will attend the question-and-answer event.

On Wednesday, those six plus two others - former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum - will attend a debate at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, California.

America looks back at 9/11

Throughout the week, CNN will look back at and examine the effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as the United States prepares to mark the passage of 10 years since that day.

Among the public memorials planned: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will attend Saturday's dedication of the Empty Sky Memorial, a structure displaying the names of more than 740 New Jersey residents killed in the attacks, in Jersey City. On Sunday, President Barack Obama plans to speak at the Washington National Cathedral, capping three days of commemorations in Washington; and the National September 11 Memorial at New York's ground zero will open with a ceremony attended by Obama.

Fighters eye Gadhafi strongholds

Libya's new leaders say fighters this week are poised to enter some of the last bastions of support for ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The country's National Transitional Council gave Gadhafi loyalists in Sirte, Bani Walid and other towns until Saturday to surrender or face military force. But there were indications that fighters were planning to enter Bani Walid before the deadline. Gadhafi's whereabouts weren't known Sunday.

An NTC official said Libya's new leadership will move their headquarters from Benghazi to Tripoli this week.

Flooding in parts of U.S. Southeast

Tropical Storm Lee was causing severe flooding in Gulf Coast communities on Sunday night, and the system is expected to deliver heavy rain into the Tennessee Valley, dropping as much as 20 inches in some areas by Monday night.

In Louisiana, officials reported flooding in numerous Louisiana parishes on Sunday, including Iberia, Terrebone, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Jefferson.

Mississippi also will be cleaning up this week; the state was hard hit. The state's emergency management agency pointed out several flooded roads and damaged homes in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties.  The system is expected to work its way through the U.S. Southeast into the Appalachians, with heavy rain and inland flooding possible, CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras said.

Hurricane Katia expected to strengthen

Hurricane Katia could develop into a Category 3 storm by Monday and approach the U.S. East Coast by the end of the week, forecasters said.

Late Sunday afternoon, the center of Category 2 Katia was in the Atlantic Ocean about 365 miles north-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands, moving 12 mph in a northwesterly direction. Katia's likely path puts it on a trajectory northwest through the Atlantic, getting closer to the U.S. East Coast toward the end of the week.

CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras said most computer models show Katia largely skirting the eastern United States as it eventually moves northward. But North Carolina's Outer Banks are part of its "cone of uncertainty," a weather measure where forecasters think a hurricane's center could go.  The National Hurricane Center said Sunday that the "threat of rip currents (are) expected to increase along the East Coast ... during the next few days."

Appeal of Amanda Knox's murder conviction wraps up

The defense team of American Amanda Knox will wrap up its appeal of her murder conviction in an Italian court this week. Knox and her her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in the 2007 death of British exchange student Meredith Kercher, 21.

Kercher was found dead in the villa she and Knox rented in the central Italian university town of Perugia, semi-naked and with her throat slashed. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito to 25.

In July, the Italian appeals court heard testimony about new DNA analysis that may call Knox's conviction into question. The proceeding resumes Monday and is expected to run several days this week. A verdict in the appeal is expected around September 23.

Packers, Saints kick off NFL season

The NFL's regular season begins Thursday with a contest between the last two Super Bowl champions.

The New Orleans Saints will play the host Green Bay Packers at 7:30 p.m. CT.  The season's first week continues on Sunday with 13 other games and wraps up Monday night with two games.

SI.com provides season previews by division: AFC North, AFC South, AFC East, AFC West, NFC North, NFC South, NFC East and NFC West.

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    September 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
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