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. Marge

    What is so important about these stupid republicans debates. I think the people have seen enough of these clowns to know none of them are qualified to be the next dog catcher, much less the president of the United States. But as always when ever a republican breaks wind the MSM has to dissect it.

    October 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • clearfog

      I whole heartedly disagree. Every last one of them is qualified to be the next dog catcher.

      October 17, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Oh, and Obama is SO much better right?

      October 17, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • clearfog

      Right.

      October 17, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Big Al:
    It would also be nice if people quit telling the poor who have already lost everything to act our wage. (Great line, btw) most people don't have much of a wage; the would just like to have one. We get it. You don't like obama's plan, and there's many things wrong with it; but a blanket statement blaming people because of what *other* people have done is just silly. I don't know one person who is *not* acting their wage, but I do know many that have lost their homes because they lost their wage, without any success of getting a new wage.
    Finger-pointing isn't the answer; we've seen that.
    At least Obama is *trying*; can we honestly say that about all of our "representation"?

    October 17, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I would also like to point out that small business isn't the answer; if people cannot afford to buy goods and services, most of them will close their doors.
    No jobs=no customers= no business for most small business owners.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Oops, I meant small business isn't the *only* answer.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • clearfog

      Minor detail.

      October 17, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. CorporateKiller

    President Obama's remarks about Occupy were spineless. He really makes me regret turning on my party and voting for him. I really thought he would stand up to special interest and the power brokers of D.C.. Well, he's just showing his true colors with these type of statements.

    Also, I say ship the damn MLK statue back to China. The government couldn't find a black sculptor and some stone in the United States. (Oh, I am white!). As an American, this really irks me. If I were a Black person, I would be pi@@ed off as all get out. A sculptor from China, the stone from China.....Jesus H. Christ...when is it going to stop....

    Perhaps, it wills top with Occupy.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    OMG marge lmao...You are like a breath of fresh air, too funny lol

    October 17, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    and you too clearfog lmao

    October 17, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. justathought

    ======='@Tiller So what would you say: if after Obama spent billions to create jos, but it nothing happened? I really believe that a lot more money could be spent and still there wouldn't be any significant jobs created. There won't be any jobs untill they bring them home again. However, politicians, on both sides, can't seem to see the writing on the wall–at least they aren't reading it correct.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Thaddeus

    It is pretty clear that the GOP party AND the Republican controlled house are responsible for the dire economic straits of the USA. They are also the people who have allowed Wall Street, corporate America, and US banks to rip-off American citizens because they support the top 1%.
    The GOP has sold us out, and the American people are fed-up.

    I plan to vote-out very damm Republican that will be running for a political office.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • BakoJeff

      You've gotta be kidding, right? Dems controlled all branches of government until a year ago. Our current problem is greater than either party... The problem stems from a system that promotes career politicians who pander to special interests (passing legislation that insures further donations) on both sides. Senators wasting time on Syrup-gate; Congressmen promoting hiring family and friends to lucrative jobs points to the problem.

      October 17, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ywalk

    reolution has started world wide, stop this madness of reducing workers wages, benefits, then lay people off with amilies and then pay the CEO a $100 million bonus, where is your corporate resonsibility. I got laid off for buying a 99 cent icecream for 25 cents, suggesting I should have paid the 99 cents when the manager tolf me it was 25 cents for staff, After working for 9 years, donating 1,000's of dollars to help the company save money and help staff, payback.
    well now they face lawsuits and hopefully it will hit the press shortly, shame shame, legal fees to date for a 99 cent icecream is approaching $40,000 and they think I will not fight, lol -blunder affter blunder, money is no object, its THE PRINCIPAL!!! you could have settled this amicable but you choose not to

    October 17, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. marcus

    Ron Paul will win this debate hands down the only reason Mitt and Cain are neck to neck in the CNN poll is because you black out Ron Paul. Dont matter the people have caught on

    October 17, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Amen thaddeus we need all new politicians, that are NOT corrupt!

    October 17, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. justathought

    @Al in KC when you answered Tiller, why didn't you add, every time the government signs a "free trade bill, they are selling the citizens of the U.S. down the river.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    CorporateKiller, do you have any idea the outcry would have been if they had sculpted MLK's memorial out of black stone?
    Oh, man...
    I think they should have used some darker material, but I don't know much about materials suitable for sculpting.
    The VN memorial is a much different kind of style. They're engraving the names, not sculpting a man...

    October 17, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. justathought

    I hate to say this: but nothing is going to happen because of the "Occupy Wall St." protest, because nobody cares as long as nobody is hurt. Yes! What I'm saying is: it needs to be a riot,nobody is going to listen untill then, but I don't want to see a riot any more than anyone else.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
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