Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
September 18th, 2011
08:08 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

World leaders will gather in New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly this week, and one of the more major developments there could be the Palestinian Authority’s expected move to seek some sort of upgraded status. Here is a look at this and other stories that CNN plans on following this week:

Palestinians expected to seek upgraded status at United Nations

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said last week that he would seek full U.N. membership for the Palestinian territories, likely after he speaks to the General Assembly on Friday. That request would go to the U.N. Security Council, where the United States has vowed to veto the move.

But the Palestinian government also could go to the General Assembly, where only a majority vote would be needed, to gain a lesser status. That would be of a permanent observer state, similar to the position that the Vatican holds. A vote in its favor would be all but assured.

The Palestinians currently hold the status of a permanent observer entity. As an observer, the delegation can speak in the General Assembly but not vote.

A successful vote in either body will not lead to an established state with defined borders, but it would afford the Palestinian government an upgraded international status allowing them to pursue legal actions 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.

The Palestinian issue is one of many to be addressed at the United Nations this week. World leaders' speeches at the General Assembly begin Wednesday. U.S. President Barack Obama speaks Wednesday; Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to speak Friday.

Obama unveils deficit reduction plan Monday

With a special U.S. congressional committee facing a November 23 deadline to propose a way to reduce budget deficits by at least $1.5 trillion, President Barack Obama is set to offer his own proposal on Monday. He's indicated he not only wants to meet the panel's target, but also pay for his $447 billion jobs plan that he announced last week.

Obama will propose several tax changes, including a new tax rate for people earning more than $1 million a year, administration and White House officials said. The president’s plan also is expected to involve spending cuts, and he has said it also will include "modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid," CNNMoney.com reports.

The 12-member committee – evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate - has until November 23 to draft a $1.5 trillion deficit reduction plan that can win congressional approval by December 23. Otherwise, more than $1 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts will go into effect, on top of $900 billion in cuts already mandated under this summer’s debt ceiling deal.

Previous attempts by the White House to boost revenues by ending tax relief for corporations were shot down by Republicans. Last week, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he would oppose any tax increases in a deficit deal.

Georgia man set for execution; supporters hope for clemency

A man convicted of killing a police officer in 1989 is scheduled to be put to death in Georgia on Wednesday evening, though his supporters - who say he was convicted on flimsy evidence - hope the execution will be stopped.

Troy Davis, 42, is set to be executed at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Davis was convicted of murder in the shooting death of Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail.

Since Davis’ 1991 conviction, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony. No physical evidence was presented linking Davis to the killing of the police officer.

Davis’ supporters last week delivered a petition with more than 663,000 signatures in support of clemency. The state Pardon and Parole Board can call off the execution, though it denied clemency in 2008.

Reviewing Davis' claims of innocence last year, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia found that Davis "vastly overstates the value of his evidence of innocence," and that some of the evidence “that Mr. Davis brought forward is too general to provide anything more than smoke and mirrors.”

Repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' to take effect Tuesday

The Pentagon says the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. military will officially end Tuesday, but two Republicans on the House Armed Service Committee are calling for a delay.

The two congressmen said Congress has not been adequately informed of the policy changes that will accompany the repeal.

Congress passed legislation repealing "don't ask, don't tell" late last year, and President Obama signed it into law just before Christmas. As the military spent seven months deliberately moving toward repeal,  federal courts issued a series of whiplash rulings that ended and then reimposed the policy.

The last court ruling in July kept the policy technically in effect until this Tuesday, but the court prohibited the government from investigating, penalizing or discharging homosexuals through "dont ask, don't tell." The military has been training its 2.2 million personnel on its post-ban policy.

U.S. hikers in Iran to seek release on bail Tuesday

The lawyer trying to get two American hikers freed from prison in Iran was not able to get a signature on bail paperwork because a judge is on vacation until Tuesday, he told CNN Sunday.

Bail has been paid for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, lawyer Masoud Shafiee said, but he needs the signatures of two judges to prove it. He went to a judge's office Sunday, when he was in court on a separate case, to see whether he could get the second signature, but he was told that the judge is on vacation until Tuesday and that Shafiee will have to return then, the lawyer said.

Fattal and Bauer have been held as spies for more than two years, after they apparently crossed an unmarked border between Iran and Iraq in July 2009. A third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released on bond in September 2010 and left the country.

Fattal and Bauer were convicted last month of spying and entering Iran illegally, and each was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Amanda Knox appeal hearing to resume Friday

American student Amanda Knox, convicted in Italy in the murder of her British housemate, Meredith Kercher, is expected to appear in court for a hearing Friday.

Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellman on September 7 rejected prosecutors' bid for new DNA testing in the case, which appears to have turned Knox's way as the original evidence has come into doubt.

Final arguments in Knox's appeal are expected to begin Friday. The earliest possible date for a verdict is September 29, the judge has said.

Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Rafael Sollecito, were found guilty of the killing in 2009. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito 25. A third defendant, Rudy Guede, was convicted in a separate trial.

Republicans to hold debate, conference, straw poll in Florida

The Republican presidential candidates will debate Thursday in Orlando, Florida, before making their pitches the next day at a Conservative Political Action Committee conference. On Saturday, Florida Republicans will hold a straw poll that could weed out the field a bit more.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul won a GOP straw poll Saturday in California, a state that tends to vote Democratic in general elections. Florida, on the other hand, can go either way, as the 2000 presidential cliffhanger demonstrated.

PGA Tour Championship next weekend

The top 30 contenders for golf's FedEx Cup will compete Thursday-Sunday in the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Points leaders Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Luke Donald will swing for the title won last year by Jim Furyk.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    ot -Gung-congrats on a Lions win.

    September 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Yeah go lions

    September 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    its the end of times, the Lions and the Redskins won.

    September 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    Go PATS!

    September 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    Go Rams first monday night since 2006.

    September 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 0 -Henry

    I wonder if any of these sunday morning politicians go to church and ask for forgivness after they leave national tv on sunday morning after exciting a roit about Pres. Obama is comitting class war-fare on middle-class tax payers/workers.Last time i checked,there are 14 million people un-employed.

    September 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      O-Henry- Of course they do and they go to confession, say their hail mary's and are absolved of their sins. Correct and the republicans said if the upper class got their tax cuts they would create jobs.

      September 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    Oh no,now the Rams.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    im going to my underground shelter.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    Ok......my man cave basement.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yeah, the games we have had to sit thru are hard. I with we would have kept Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was 3rd string and we could have gotten him cheaper, now look what he is doing for NY.

      September 19, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Wonder if what happened to Meredith Kercher will ever come out . I remember when the trial first started and HER reputation was impuned. I felt bad for her family . Hello Cesar! Ive missed your posts. The world is a what ?and you are its what,today ?

    September 18, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tony Gerards (Uncovering the Truth)

    This just in : it has been discovered that the cnn blogger by the name of "ruffnutt" is a stage 5 alien hybrid-reptillian ;sources say his eyes were flashing slits before he stole a priests cadilac ,led authorities on a highspeed chase through the trailer park he lives at then drove to the local mickey Ds crashed into their drive through window and then fled on foot yelling to onlookers "they will never stop me from smoking pot"!!! He then ran down the street where he vanished ..... More on this as it unfolds....... This is tony gerard for cnn breaking news...........

    September 19, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "The Truth Will Set You Free"

      Yeah...i've seen his name in here. doesn't it say something in his name box...what is it?...something about being a 15th level wife beater.

      September 19, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tony Gerards (Uncovering the Truth)

    This just in ;another sighting of ruffnutt has taken place at a 7-11 where he ran in, went to the beer cooler grabbed 2 cases of budlite ran to the counter flashed slits for pupils almost sending the store clerk into a heart attack from fear of what he seen ruffnutts eyes doing, then ruffnutt ran out the door beer in hand yelling " HA – HA !!!! I JUST SNAPPED INTO A SLIM JIM HA – HA – HA !!!!" and then ran into the wooded area near the store where he vanished again from police........ this is tony gerard fo cnn...... more as this drama unfolds........

    September 19, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |


    September 19, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Some Little green men (from outer space)

    Uh ! Does any body on this blog know where we might have parked our space-ship ? We cant seem to remember where we parked it !

    September 19, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Some Little green men (from outer space)

    Uh ! Does anybody on this planet know which government on earth has the best reverse-engineered-ufo space craft technology ? Cuz its looking like we might have to rent a flying saucer due to the fact that we cant seem to remember where we parked ours..... And if so does china have cheaper rental rates because of their cheap a$$ made in china crap ?

    September 19, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee Fong Lumber 뛗뙤뚷뙄뛟뢔

      We do sawsas made from teak. 7 yea wartee part labor. No crash eeder, Fly good.

      September 19, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
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