Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
September 11th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Social Security might be one hot point of contention when eight GOP presidential candidates participate in Monday’s debate in Tampa, Florida. Here’s a look at this and other stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Social Security battle, round 2?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney might continue their war of words over Social Security during Monday’s “Tea Party Republican Debate” at the Florida State Fairgrounds, produced by CNN and the Tea Party Express.

During a debate last week, Perry, who became the GOP front-runner in national polls after his recent entry into the race, stood by his previous characterization of Social Security as a Ponzi scheme that shouldn't be described as something that will be around for today's young workers. Romney countered that GOP candidates should be committed to saving Social Security, and other candidates distanced themselves from Perry's stance.

The candidates battled in the media over the issue in the following days, with Perry's team pointing out that Romney himself once compared the management of Social Security to a felony, and that Perry believes Social Security must be protected for current beneficiaries and those nearing retirement.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer will moderate Monday's debate, which CNN will show from 8 to 10 p.m. The event will focus on a wide range of topics, including the role, size and scope of government, with a specific emphasis on the economy. Do you have a question you want to see asked during the debate? Submit it here. Follow the campaign news leading up to the debate at CNN.com’s Election Center and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

Palestinians to discuss bid for upgraded U.N. recognition

Palestinian leaders are expected to meet Monday in Cairo to discuss a possible bid to seek upgraded recognition at the United Nations, whose General Assembly opens Tuesday in New York. Frustrated with stalled negotiations with Israel, Palestinians have signaled their intention to appeal to U.N. member states to recognize Palestinian territories as an independent country.

The Palestinians have nonstate observer status at the United Nations. In the U.N. Security Council, the United States would veto any move for the Palestinian territories to gain full U.N. membership without negotiation with Israel, but the Palestinian Authority could go to the General Assembly, where it could get "observer state" status, similar to the position that the Vatican holds. A vote in its favor is all but assured.

The upgraded status would give the Palestinians greater access to U.N. agencies, including possibly the International Criminal Court, where it could make criminal claims against Israel. The Obama administration has expressed concern that Palestinian action at the United Nations could intensify conditions on the ground and delay already stalled negotiations with Israel.

U.S. Marine to receive Medal of Honor

A Marine on Thursday will become the first living member of the Marine Corps to receive a Medal of Honor for service in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Sgt. Dakota Meyer, in the Inactive Ready Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, was in Afghanistan's Kunar province in September 2009 when he repeatedly ran through enemy fire to recover the bodies of fellow American troops. President Barack Obama will honor him in a White House ceremony.

Meyer will be the third living Medal of Honor recipient from service in the current war theaters.

Senate panel asks whether U.S. is safer after 9/11

Just two days after the United States commemorates the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday will hold a hearing, "Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?" Those invited to speak at the hearing include Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee heard from 9/11 Commission co-chairman Lee Hamilton, who said the nation still isn't fully prepared to handle another huge disaster.

Date of van der Sloot trial could be set Monday

A judge in Peru could decide Monday when the trial of Joran van der Sloot - charged with murder in last year's death of a Peruvian woman - will begin.

Van der Sloot was arrested in June 2010 in connection with the death of Stephany Flores, but was not charged until this month. Flores was found dead in van der Sloot's Lima hotel room in May 2010. Police say van der Sloot took money and bank cards from her wallet and fled to Chile, where he was arrested a few days later. Prosecutors are asking for a 30-year prison sentence.

Van der Sloot was once the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, who vanished while on a graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba. He was arrested twice but never charged in Holloway's disappearance, which remains unsolved.

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  1. Daniel

    Republicans are determined to make the Obama presidency fail, even if the country goes down with him.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • gung hoe

      Quite true Daniel, quite true. Either way, the Republicans are determined to keep the status quo, no matter how much this country will suffer because of it!!! Moreover, the reason that some of the Tea Partiers hate Barack Obama so much is simply because he's black!

      September 12, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "On time for work"

    It isn't left vs. right. It's right vs. wrong. Some are up in here, every minute of every day, RUNNING THIER MOUTH, simply because they have ALOT OF TIME ON THIER HANDS. I don't.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe


    September 12, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. George Patton

    Good for you, Jeff Frank. Make the times you have diarrhea of the mouth COUNT!

    September 12, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. michaelfury

    Simple question for Mr. Hamilton:

    Why did your Commission deny the existence of the recovered WTC hard drives when Convar had (and still has) videos of the hard drives and the data recovery process on its website in 2002?


    Why are you still covering for the 9/11 criminals, Mr. Hamilton?

    September 12, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. michaelfury

    Simple question for Mr. Mueller:

    Why is the FBI denying the recovery of any black boxes from AA11 and UA175?


    September 12, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (axle rose impersonater )

    Sgt. Dakota Meyer->> i gotta save bubba!!!!

    September 12, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT (axle rose impersonater)

    Hey fakey go off line and eat »»»»»»»»»»b-u-t-t.««««««««««««

    September 12, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Hey, Axel, you're baiting them, and they haven't even appeared yet...what is this, a pre-emptive strike?

    September 12, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Oh, stop baiting people, fake gung hoe/George Patton.
    We've seen your posts saying you hate Obama yourself. So shut the hell up!

    September 12, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. slider

    The Jobs Bill: $450,000,000,000.00 dollars divided by 1,200,000 jobs equals $375,000.00 per job.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yada

    If the generations born in the 60s and beyond won't be able to collect SS, why does the Gov. keep taking it out of their paychecks? That shouldn't be allowed!

    September 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yada


    September 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SMH

    I agree yada

    September 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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