Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
October 16th, 2011
04:49 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

As Occupy Wall Street-style rallies continue in the United States and spread across Europe and parts of the rest of the world, more protests are expected in Greece ahead of a Thursday vote by lawmakers on whether to approve major changes, including wage and pension cuts and tax hikes. Here is a look at this and other stories CNN plans to follow this week.

Protests expected ahead of Greek austerity vote

Greek lawmakers, trying to address a severe debt problem, are expected to vote Thursday on austerity measures that are unpopular with a large portion of the Greek public. Protests similar to previous demonstrations in that country this month are expected Wednesday at the latest.

Finance ministers with the Group of 20, meeting in Paris, pledged over the weekend to take "all necessary actions" to stabilize global markets and ensure that banks are well capitalized. But with debt crises spreading in Europe -  debt problems are prompting austerity plans in Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Portugal - thousands across the continent spent part of the weekend to protest against corporate power, grinding poverty and government cuts.

GOP presidential candidates head west for debate

Most of the Republican U.S. presidential candidates will be in Las Vegas this week for a televised debate and to speak at a conference of GOP members from Western states, with one candidate boycotting the event.

Seven candidates will participate in Tuesday's presidential debate, sponsored by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference, at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. CNN's Anderson Cooper will moderate the event, which CNN will show from 8 to 10 p.m.

The debate comes after a CNN poll of polls indicated that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is on top of the GOP field at 23%, and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain is three points behind. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was a front-runner in the national polls from late August through much of September, trails Cain at 14%.

The event will feature those three plus U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas; U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. The public can suggest questions on the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using the #CNNDebate hashtag on Twitter.

Candidates will stay in Las Vegas to participate in part of the four-day Western Republican Leadership Conference, where people from 16 states and territories that make up the Republican National Committee Western Region will talk politics and policy and hear the candidates discuss their visions.

One of the candidates, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, plans to skip the debate because, he says, he is taking New Hampshire's side in a fight with Nevada over when to schedule New Hampshire's primary and Nevada's caucuses. Instead, Huntsman - who is investing most of his campaign resources in New Hampshire in hopes of making a strong showing there - is holding a town hall meeting in the Granite State on Tuesday. New Hampshire law dictates that its first-in-the-nation primary be held at least one week before a similar contest, and this is being complicated by Nevada's decision to hold its caucuses on January 14.

Israel set to exchange Palestinian prisoners for soldier

Israel early this week is expected to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, barring any changes due to pressure from some Israelis who oppose the deal.

Israel early Sunday released the names of 477 prisoners that it intends to release in the first stage of the exchange. The Israeli public over the next two days is allowed to file objections to specific releases, and Israeli President Shimon Peres is expected to voice his discomfort with the release of prisoners who are convicted murderers. But Peres is unlikely to reject any of the pardon requests, as any changes to the list negotiated with Hamas - the militant movement that controls Gaza - could endanger the entire deal, a spokeswoman told CNN.

The second stage, which includes 550 prisoners, will occur later this year. The 1,027 Palestinian prisoners include hundreds serving life sentences for attacks on Israelis. Palestinians captured Shalit in June 2006 after tunneling into the Jewish state and attacking an Israeli army outpost. Israel immediately launched a military incursion into Gaza to rescue Shalit, then 19, but failed to free him.

Baseball's World Series begins as rugby's World Cup winds down

The Texas Rangers are headed to their second straight World Series, which begins Wednesday. The Rangers, who lost Major League Baseball's championship series last year to the San Francisco Giants, and who won this year's American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers in six games, will face the winner of the National League Championship Series - either the St. Louis Cardinals or the Milwaukee Brewers. SI.com's Albert Chen writes that the Rangers, though they haven't won a World Series in their 51-year history, have become an American League superpower and are determined to show that last year's success was no fluke.

The 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand will conclude with the third-place match on Friday and the final on Sunday. New Zealand will face France in the final, after New Zealand defeated Australia 20-6 and France edged Wales 9-8 this weekend.

Hearing scheduled in Aruba missing-woman case

U.S. tourist Gary Giordano will seek his release from custody in a court in Aruba on Monday. Giordano is being held in connection with the disappearance of his traveling companion, Robyn Gardner, 35. Giordano's defense attorney will argue that authorities do not have enough evidence to continue to hold Giordano.

Giordano, 50, has maintained he and Gardner went snorkeling August 2 behind the Nanki Country Club on the southern end of the island and that Gardner vanished in the water as he returned to shore.

Authorities say Giordano was the beneficiary of a $1.5 million accidental death insurance policy on Gardner, taken out just days before their trip. He was arrested August 5 at the airport in Aruba as he waited for a flight back to the United States.

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  1. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & BUGBEAR KILLER )

    Israel set to exchange Palestinian prisoners for soldier
    ..
    477 to 1... that's a good ratio..

    October 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Comments like yours do not help. Stop keeping score, both sides can bring numbers and facts that can seem they are in the right. It is not about who is right, is about what is right.

      October 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      What is right is to blast the Palestinians to rubble, but seeing as how I'm just an American, I'll leave it to the people in Israel who really have to deal with this on a day to day basis.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • teresa

      ADULT STEM CELLS CURE'S AIDS / HIV and A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS BUT WHY????? IS AMERICA BEING HELD BACK FROM THE MAJOR LEAP IN MEDICINE DOES AMERICA WANT TOO KILL YOU ??????? OTHER COUNTRIES MAKING MAJOR LEAPS INTO MEDICINE BUT AMERICA IS STILL IN THE STONE AGE WHY????? WHO BENEFITS THE FDA BIG CORPORATIONS .......???

      October 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    Oooohthe bedroom chocolates and aromatherapy...Venetian Hotel I can trully say: I love you!

    October 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vincent

    Why aren't you showing the protests is all the cities around the USA? Why do you show previews of the Tuesday debate in Nevada? What a waste of time. WHy don't you ever show real news. For the last three days you've been repeating some bullying show which doesn't need to be repeated 30 times, 24-7. Get real CNN.

    October 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mojo

      CNN is not the only news source on the planet. I much prefer the BBC for major events. A different perspective.

      October 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      because C_N_N is nothing more than bull$$$hhhittt

      October 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth

      because frankly no one actually cares about the aimless protests, we are all just waiting for them to go away, which they will in due time

      October 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    Makes me think the israelis know they are holding so many people for no real reason..

    October 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronen Newark

      Makes me think you're twisting the logic to the point that if every Jew was murdered out of the Middle East due to Islamic sociopathy, you would say that they probably deserved it. Israel is not doing this easily, Google "Mohammed Shratha" and go read the first link on the Google Search results" then try not to sound so uneducated next time.

      October 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @ronen: thank you. Now it's even more stupid. How many other murderers are they setting free to get this one soldier back? 3 murder convictions? This one soldier is worth more than the three people he killed? I wonder if he will kill anyone else after he gets back out..

      Course, that's only one of over a thousand.. Anyone else they should never be releasing, but are?

      October 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tiller In Texas

    We need to March on the F-ing GOP run house and demand they actually start listening to Americans and not just going with their talking points. This morning John McCain was asked why, after 68% of Americans want the Obama Jobs Bill passed, he replied with something along the lines of, "The American people don't know what is best for them" B.S. Get the bums out of the house and senate NOW, McCain, Boener and Cantor First!!!!!!!.

    October 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland Tony

    I ONLY HOPE ......WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS ...
    STAYS ......IN......VEGAS! Wouldn't be fun to be a proverbial fly on the wall during their four days of political "strategy" meetings?

    October 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      chocolates, aromatherapy, champagne, gondolas...oh my!

      October 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    Oh great another fake debate where CNN ask one maybe two question of Ron Paul and then spends the rest of the debate giving the people they've hyped for the past 4 months the microphone.

    More of the same.

    October 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Ron Paul is a hypocrite. He is against marriage equity, or job protection for gay people.

      He's garbage, just like the rest of the GOP.

      But I'm guessing you don't think much of gay Americans, do you?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pooh_just_is

    The sad part in all the concessions that Israel is once again making for the Hama's is that we will see the same repeat cycle. We have seen this over and over. Israel will concede. There will be a brief time of peace. Hama's will start to complain about something petty. Some Hama's will attack some Israeli settler. Israel will try to protect itself through some type of harmless security thing, Hama's will freak and kill someone. Israel will strike back. A group like the so called Palestinians cannot expect to ever win. Their ideal is not to have a state or live in peace, Hama's will always use these people and use them to strike Jew's. Their are no persons called Palestinians, only some posers that are human shields for Terrorists.

    October 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pete Farr

    Occupy Wall Street is the world wide protest against the grip of corporate wealth on government It is a story that is impossible for corporate owned media to adequately cover.

    I would add this" ahead of the curve" story.
    More and more people are waking up to the need to redistribute wealth and the unfair influence that it buys in our media, our courts and our politics.
    Breaking: The genie is out of the bottle and getting bigger every day.

    .

    October 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    ty pete i totally agree, although im really waiting for it to get kicked up a notch and taken to the gov level. thats gonna be interesting.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matthew

    The top people inthe Justice Dept., including Holder, ATFE, DEA and State are implicated in numerous illegal gunrunning schemes from Arizona to Texas to Florida, with hundreds if not thousands of Mexican citizens and at least one American Border Patrol officer dead as a result and facing both House and Senate subpoenas and you put the Greek austerity vote as more pressing to watch?

    How do you carry water for the administration when you're completely in the bag for them?

    October 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nonchalant

    reply if you thought the third picture was Roger Ebert.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. funnyguy

    I thought the center pic was Israel was going to worship Roger Ebert.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JB

    When you plan your stories a week in advance you are not a news outlet, you are a propaganda magazine.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ mathew i think most of us were speaking of our own gov.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
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