Ahead of the curve: The next seven days
March 18th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next seven days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Illinois primary

One of the larger delegate prizes is up for grabs in Tuesday's Illinois primary. The four Republican candidates will slug it out for the state's 54 delegates to the party's national convention in July.

Flagging frontrunner Mitt Romney on Sunday called himself the "economic heavyweight" in the field, while referring to closest competitor Rick Santorum and President Barack Obama as "lightweights."

For his part, Santorum took to CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" to slap at Romney's inability to put his competitors away despite vast financial resources: "When you have this amount of resources and this amount of advantage, (yet) you can't manage and deliver the mail and win this nomination, that shows a real weakness in his ability to be able to govern," Santorum said.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been concentrating on the March 24 Louisiana primary, including a tour of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans on Friday.  “With both Santorum and me, (Romney is) now confused as to who he is attacking. It's his only technique," Gingrich said. "I tell people he's like a 4-foot-8 guy who wants to play center and his only technique is to shrink the others, which I think bodes very badly for a general election."

The fourth man in the race, Rep. Ron Paul, is far behind in the delegate count and spent more money than he took in during February. Paul’s self-reported spending of $3.54 million outpaced his fundraising of $3.27 million, and he ended the month with $1.36 million in the bank. His campaign reported carrying no debt.

Queen to make rare speech

Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to deliver a speech to both houses of Parliament on Tuesday. It is expected to be the only time she will publicly acknowledge her Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the beginning of her reign. (Plenty of others are talking about it, though, including soccer megastar David Beckham.)

The 85-year-old monarch's appearance will follow by one day the first official speech by the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton. The bride of Elizabeth's grandson Prince William will speak at the formal opening of a children's hospice facility in Ipswich, England. The popular duchess will also plant a tree, tour the facility and meet patients, parents and staff members.

The two royals attended a fashion show together last week.

Hearing in Ohio school shooting

T.J. Lane, the 17-year-old student accused of shooting six of his peers last month at a high school in Ohio, was scheduled to appear in court Monday for a hearing on whether he should be tried as an adult, but that proceeding has been pushed back to April 3.

Three students were killed, two were seriously wounded and one was grazed in the shooting February 27 in the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Geauga County, 30 miles east of Cleveland.

Lane faces three counts of aggravated murder, two of attempted aggravated murder, and one count of felonious assault. The case is currently in juvenile court; the April 3 hearing will discuss a prosecution motion to move the case to adult court.

World Water Day

Raise a glass on Thursday to toast World Water Day, and be thankful that you can. The theme of this year's United Nations-sponsored event is water and food security. Its slogan is "The world is thirsty because we are hungry."

"Over the coming decades, feeding a growing global population and ensuring food and nutrition security for all will depend on increasing food production," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. "This, in turn, means ensuring the sustainable use of our most critical finite resource – water."

Funny business

The 30th World Clown Association Annual Clown Convention is being held all week in San Diego, California.

The event will feature theme parties, lectures, workshops, dealer merchandise displays, and competitions - including the hotly contested balloon-twisting contest on Friday.

Despite the presence of hundreds, if not thousands of attendees, parking is not expected to be a problem, given clowns' legendary penchant for car-pooling.

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    @ superman, YOU can be nice too mary, that dont mean any of the rest of us MUST! She created her own mess with people!

    March 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Perhaps you missed the part where she started it.
    That's ok.
    Please flag away, it does no good on this particular blog, anyway.
    Just wait until the cult of two start telling you that being gay is an abomination.

    Then we'll see.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    @@@@banasy.............................. In southern california some time ago the MWD (metro water district) made a contract with a company that drills water wells a high end company i worked for. We drilled several holes in developed flood basins to pump water into the formation for storage. I predicted that the state would would declare a water shortage here and they did. It was a lie!!!! The water shortage that is, they were getting the water at a bargain price and selling it at an inflated rate the following year, so people were duped into it. Dont fall for it , its usually a lie when it comes to stats on water or other natural resources. Or majorily exagerated to cause panic or drive up profits.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I am not sure what that has to do with anything...but all right.
      I doubted the veracity of someone's stat, and I still do.
      If your story was about false information being put forth to cause a shortage panic, then ok, point taken.
      But that wasn't what this poster was trying to do.

      It's all good, my friend.

      March 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    You got that right superman, or should i say philip?

    March 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ ? ? ?, guess i should say thanks, for having my back. But truthfully, i CAN handle my own. Still its appreciated!

    March 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    Thats just the point let her continue to expose her self and she'll either dissaper or reincarnate herself into another blogger and we will catch her at that one two.let her carry on ,now you see shes afraid of those who are stronger, and one of those are me! She can say anything she wants to to me , and try to cast me to hell but she also needs to watch out how she judges others because she can be judged the same as she WILL judge me. So im ok and thanks we all stick together

    March 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    @@@chrissy.................superman is not phillip,,, who eber that is whats up with the phillip?

    March 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Superman

    @chrissy............... The name is knny

    March 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    @chrissy............... The name is knny,, or supperman both the same ok lets stick with superman

    March 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Only philip would defend the demon seed.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    Good one chrissy im still not apologizing , mary wont last to much shell get tired and continue casting the devil out of her house but im not intimidated, so . But like you said honesty is the best and now i only strenghthen

    March 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    If you believe honesty is best, then you should honestly apologize to ? ? ?.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy


    March 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Superman

    @@@@chrissy i just apologized in a new spot of the day site. And its there so hopefully its sufficient but its honest once again im sorry but mary will dissapate like i said. Only the hollier than thows can reincarnate them selves and this is the reall superman and as for the superman troll your kryptonite cannot bring me down

    March 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Superman

    @@@ Banasy,bombo,ive apologized already so lets all get along and share the toys.we are happy,

    March 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
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