Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
April 1st, 2012
04:44 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

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

Polling shows edge for Romney in Wisconsin’s primary

Mitt Romney could pass the halfway mark for the delegates he needs to earn the GOP nomination for president when Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., hold their primaries on Tuesday.

An NBC/Marist poll released Friday showed Romney had a 40% to 33% edge over Rick Santorum in Wisconsin, with Ron Paul at 11% and Newt Gingrich at 8%.

On Saturday, CNN estimated that Romney had 571 delegates, with Santorum at 264, Gingrich at 137 and Paul at 71. A candidate needs 1,144 to clinch the GOP nomination.

Romney recently picked up the endorsement of one of Wisconsin's most prominent congressmen, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

Ryan has argued that the GOP presidential race would essentially be over if Romney wins all three contests on Tuesday, saying it'd be too difficult for Santorum to find enough delegates the rest of the way to win the nomination outright.

Santorum wouldn't say Friday whether Tuesday's contest is his last stand but did say he intended to "take this all the way." Gingrich has said he wouldn't drop out unless Romney gets enough delegates to clinch the nomination and has indicated he would fight for the nomination in an open convention if Romney doesn't get the clinching number by the time the GOP primaries end in late June.

Cops convicted in post-Katrina shootings case to be sentenced

Five current or former police officers found guilty of civil rights and other violations tied to fatal shootings on New Orleans' Danziger Bridge in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

Prosecutors said some of the officers opened fire on an unarmed family, killing 17-year-old James Brissette and wounding four others. Minutes later, one of the officers shot and killed Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man described by U.S. Justice Department officials as having severe mental disabilities. Madison was trying to flee the scene when he was shot, according to the Justice Department.

Officers Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso were convicted in the shooting along with a fifth defendant, former detective Arthur Kaufman, who was accused of helping the officers cover up the incident.

Annan to brief U.N. Security Council on Syria

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who laid out a plan to end violence between Syrian government forces and government opponents, is scheduled to brief the United Nations Security Council in private on Monday.

Syria last week signed off on the plan from Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria. However, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad demanded that those battling his regime pledge to stop their violence too.

Annan's terms of the peace plan included an end to all violence by the government and opposition, the delivery of timely humanitarian aid, the release of arbitrarily detained people, freedom of movement for journalists, respect for peaceful demonstrations and freedom of association.

The United Nations estimates at least 1 million have been affected and more than 9,000 have died since the unrest in Syria began a year ago. Opposition activists put the death toll at more than 10,000 people.

In Turkey over the weekend, leaders from around the world met to discuss ways to ramp up pressure on al-Assad's regime. The United States vowed to nearly double its funding to the Syrian opposition, but a Syrian opposition leader called on the international community to do more.

Widows of bin Laden to be charged

Three widows of the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will be charged Monday with living illegally in Pakistan, a source familiar with the case told CNN. If convicted, they could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The women were arrested after U.S. Navy SEALs killed bin Laden during a raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May.

The three have been in Pakistani custody since the raid. Pakistani authorities have started legal proceedings against the widows, alleging forgery and illegal entrance into Pakistan.

Bin Laden's youngest widow told Pakistani investigators that bin Laden fathered four children while on the run following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Hoops, diamonds and greens

Sports fans have plenty to hold their attention this week, starting with the NCAA men's basketball title game between Kansas and Kentucky.

The game is a rematch of the teams' early season meeting, which Kentucky won 75-65 on November 15. Kansas star Thomas Robinson said he was disgusted with himself after that game, in which Kentucky's underclassmen-led team held the junior power forward to 11 points. He is relishing the chance to make amends on Monday, SI.com's Luke Winn writes.

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball will have its stateside opening night, with the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Miami Marlins in Miami's new ballpark. It won't be the first game of the season, though - that honor belonged to the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A's, who split a two-game regular season series in Japan last week.

Thursday kicks off the Masters, seemingly good timing for Tiger Woods, who last week won his first PGA Tour event in 30 months. Woods, looking for his fifth Masters victory and his 15th major title (he's currently four away from Jack Nicklaus' record of 18), dominated at Bay Hill last week and may be signaling that he is the man to beat at the Masters, SI.com's Damon Hack writes.

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  1. Superman

    You guys go and get cnn im tired of this crap to! Its burning me completly out its a shame that we have to go through this crap because a few people ruin it for a few others. The problem that all this creates is a lack of respect for others, and its also a threat to our freedom of free speach , imagine if CNN where to discontinue these blogs, than one more of our freedoms have been taken away! So if CNN does not shut this down it will be felt by many , not just the good people but by the trolls as well , they are the ones asking why? And we are the ones that go with out. So to the people that have suggested that a pass code be used thats a good idea than maybe we can converse in peace and not have to avoid, and hide from the bad ones. So until later , love you all and be nice

    April 2, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Pweeze Cnennen. I wood wike two bee head of da cove.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    @@@bobcat(in a hat) thats fuuuuny about the coach and the chicken. I just got back on something fishy was going on with my phone earlier. It would not let be get through to any thing it was like someone was on it at the same time. I shut it off it did no good, i removed the battery it did no good so i think some one may of hacked in to my system but the phone did not indicate any thing just the boot up icon on the bottom and that was it. Any ideas on this? Get back to me ok much appreciated!!! Gay superman here !!!

    April 2, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Superman:
      At a Sprint technician's suggestion, I started CLOSING out of programs before going to another. My Blackberry seems less confused now.
      Shut it down first (battery out), then try giving it a new life with plenty of breathing space by closing whatever you do.
      My telephone needs time to think.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    I agree with that Pass Code idea. CNN should consider it.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    Well good morning hamsta, at least with a password, trolls can't hijack names, such as what's been happening to you..

    April 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Arguing is not the issue. Its trolling/hijacking names that is a nuisance. And perhaps with a pass code folks in this category would be careful with what they say?

    April 2, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      There's a real problem here, and it is getiing tedious.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    @hamsta, at least we could debate under our own real screen names without someone else hijacking them.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ jeff, would you like all this garbage posted here attached to YOUR name??? Thats exactly why its a good idea.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    Good morning everyone. Hi! I see someone has been a bad, bad troll again. I was used the other day. We already put in a email address what are you proposing Chrissy?
    I posted the Frampton comment under Bin ladens ladies. Sometimes I think it is neccessary to get a point across.
    I guess I would miss having to use the name of someone to have some fun or give you guys a laugh.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    True Dazzle. It just seems we always have to make rules for the people who do the right thing. I think the person who does the damage should surender its right, not us. Not to go off topic but point in case, some people get guns illegally and hurt or kill people so the responsible gun owners have to register. That makes no sense to me, it will not stop illegal gun owners, it just makes it more difficult for gun reponsible owners. I think we have some people who are not going to be nice no matter what. And Chrissy they can change their email can't they? And can they change their IPO's?

    April 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    Why is Dazzle at the bottom of the group?

    April 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    Hello @Jeff- I thought you had been trolled before?

    April 2, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    I would be inclined to belive more of what you say, if this were actually Jeff.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    I thought it had and you had ripped into it. I may be thinking of someone else. Not hard to do when it does it to everyone.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    Okay banasy I am talking to a troll? Dang.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
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