Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
May 20th, 2012
12:49 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:

At NATO summit: How will Afghanistan pay for its troops?

NATO countries on Monday will be trying to figure out how to meet a planned 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan while shoring up Afghanistan's security forces.

Leaders of NATO countries, plus officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan, will continue meeting in Chicago for a summit that began over the weekend.  One of the key issues:  Who will pay for the buildup of Afghan forces as NATO draws down its troops? Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is attending the summit, is believed to be able to afford only a fraction of the cost that CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen says will total roughly $4 billion annually by 2014.

The leaders are expected to formally adopt a timetable to transfer security from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force to Afghan forces, senior U.S. administration officials said.

A user's guide to the Chicago NATO summit

Opinion: Why ordinary Afghans worry about NATO summit

Ex-Rutgers student sentenced for invading gay roommate's privacy

A former Rutgers University student convicted of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate could get a maximum 10-year prison term when he is sentenced Monday.

Dharun Ravi was convicted of charges including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. His roommate, Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman, killed himself in September 2010 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge and into the Hudson River after learning that Ravi had secretly spied on his sexual encounter with another man using a webcam and then sharing the footage.

After the conviction, Ravi told ABC's "20/20" that prosecutors got the incident wrong and that he "wasn't trying to intimidate (Clementi) and scare him because he was gay."

Vietnam veterans getting 'welcome home' ceremony

The U.S. Army's Fort Hood on Monday intends to give Vietnam War veterans "the same fanfare present-day soldiers receive when they return from Iraq and Afghanistan."

The Army is inviting Vietnam veterans to the Texas military installation for a "welcome home" ceremony, 37 years after the war ended, Fort Hood says. The Army says veterans will parade in front of hundreds of supporters.

KWTX: Vietnam veterans 'welcomed home' Monday

Iran engaging in nuclear talks

Iran and a group of world powers including the United States are expected to meet in Iraq on Wednesday to discuss Iran's nuclear program, a source of great tension because of Western suspicions that the program aims to develop nuclear weapons.

Iranian officials are to meet with delegates from the "P5+1," which is the five permanent U.N. Security Council nations - the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and France - plus Germany. Western nations have slapped crippling sanctions on Iran in hopes of reversing what they say is Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran denies the allegations and insists that its nuclear program is intended solely for civilian energy purposes.

In remarks denounced by an Iranian lawmaker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Iran would not take nuclear talks seriously and alleged that Iran will use the talks "as another opportunity to deceive and delay just like North Korea did for years."

Obama helping Joplin mark year since devastating tornado 

A monster tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, one year ago Tuesday, killing 161 people, injuring hundreds more and destroying miles of businesses, homes and schools. On Monday, President Barack Obama will be part of the city's remembrance of the day, speaking at the commencement of Joplin High School seniors.

On Tuesday, Joplin will hold a Walk of Unity - people will be walking along the tornado's path - and groundbreaking ceremonies for three new schools.

A year after the storm, hundreds of families are still living in FEMA trailers and are unable to rebuild their homes. Although Joplin has worked fast to rebuild, many of the hundreds of businesses destroyed by the tornado have not been able to get back to full speed.

Ways that people can assist Joplin

Egypt choosing first president since 2011 uprising

Egypt on Wednesday and Thursday will hold its first presidential elections since then-President Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year.

The nation has been under military leadership since the uprising. Protests erupted in Cairo earlier this month amid a backdrop of frustration about the pace of reform, with some people concerned that the military leadership was delaying the transition to civilian rule. More than a dozen people were killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo's central Abbasiya district.

Twelve candidates are running in the presidential election, including moderate Abdelmonen Abol Fotoh and former Arab League chief Amre Moussa, who faced off this month in a debate that kept millions nationwide glued to their TV screens for more than three hours. Results could be known by Friday, and a run-off, if needed, would happen June 16-17.

Your chance to get Prince William's wedding cake, Reagan's blood

Two curious auctions are set to end on Thursday.

A guest at last year's wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton apparently kept a piece of the wedding cake and is selling it. The slice, presented in a tin and accompanied by the 16-page program of the wedding service, is up for bids at pfcauctions.com. At one point on Sunday afternoon, the bid was at £1,453 (about $2,300).

Also Thursday, a vial that was said to hold a sample of U.S. President Ronald Reagan's blood after his 1981 assassination attempt will be sold. The vial is said to contain dried blood residue. On Sunday afternoon, bidding for the vial was above £3,200 (more than $5,000).

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  1. Donald in CA

    Reagan was one of the worst presidents ever. Its takes more then saying tear down a wall to make you a good president. My memory of reagan is the high home interest rates. Right wingers dont want to talk about that.

    May 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I remember buying my first home in 1982 with the interest rate being 13%.
      That' what I remember most about that era, too.

      Not getting into any finger-pointing, mind you, just saying.

      May 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Prime interest rate when Reagan took office: 15.75%. When he left: 8.5%.

      Gosh, you're smart.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Right on.. I never understood why so many worship that monster... He was for sure the worst president ever... His trickle down economics was a joke.. He closed all the mental hospitals, then he dies of alheizmers.. that's called Karma !

      May 21, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Let's hope they don't use his dna to clone him.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • EEbo

      So when Jimmy Carter was in office and intrest rates were up to 17 percent, this was OK?
      With in 2 years of Reagan they were down to 12 percent, and this makes him bad?
      When Reagan left they were down to 8.07, and this makes him the worst president ever?

      You are pathetic.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pete/Ark

    I can hardly wait for the Tinfoil Hat Brigade to get hold of this..".OMG!!!!!! They're gonna CLONE him and take over the Teaparty in 70 years!!!!!!".

    May 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    A little bizarre, auctioning a sample of Reagan's blood. Shows what we as a country have become!

    May 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charles

    Don't agree on anything he did as president, but still like the man.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    Hey. There was just a solar eclipse. Annular. Partial. About 56% at maximum, where I am. Still pretty cool.

    OK, so I'm a nerd.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. czar33

    I bet our goverment in Washington will end up giving 'Ravi ' a grant of $100,000 plus a 2% loan of $400,000 to open-up a 7-11 store or a gas station on out tax dollars!

    May 21, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    Anyone who wants to clone Ronald Reagan would love to have that blood.


    May 21, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. ThePreacherTheTeacher

    I don't to clone Reagan, just his hairstyle

    May 21, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
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