Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
June 17th, 2012
02:22 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:

Sandusky's defense begins

The trial of former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky began last week with the testimony of eight of the 10 men who accuse him of sexually abusing them when they were boys. This week, possibly on Monday, Sandusky's lawyers are expected to begin their defense, after the prosecution rests.

Sandusky admits showering with boys - some of whom he allegedly met through a charity he created for underprivileged children - but denies the child-sex accusations. Defense attorney Joe Amendola may present evidence about a condition known as histrionic personality disorder, according to CNN's Ann O'Neill. Symptoms include attention seeking, a flair for drama, inappropriate seductiveness and sexual acting out.

According to a source with knowledge of the case, Sandusky was to be examined today by a prosecution psychologist as part of the defense's intention to introduce testimony about the disorder.

Sandusky trial: All you need to know about the allegations, how case unfolded 

Holder tries to avoid contempt vote

A U.S. House panel is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to cite Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt in the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting operation. But the vote apparently will be postponed if he delivers on his offer to  turn over certain documents to the committee.

Holder last week promised to provide documents he had previously refused to turn over. The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, said the documents, while they "may not be sufficient to allow the committee to complete its investigation," would be sufficient to postpone the contempt vote. Holder has proposed meeting Issa to talk about the documents on Monday.

Issa has accused Holder and other top Justice Department officials of withholding requested documents and misleading them about when they first learned of the program.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched Operation Fast and Furious out of Arizona to track weapons purchases by Mexican drug cartels. However, it lost track of more than 1,000 firearms that the agency had allowed straw buyers to carry across the border, and two of the lost weapons turned up at the scene of the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Euro's fate may hinge on Greek elections

As the results of today's Greek parliamentary elections and subsequent coalition talks are sorted out, expect plenty of speculation this week about the future of the euro currency and the financial stability of Europe.

Antonis Samaras, the leader of Greece's center-right, pro-bailout New Democracy party, claimed "a victory for all Europe" after a first-place showing in Sunday's parliamentary elections, promising that unpopular austerity measures "will bring the country back to prosperity."

His leading rival, Alexis Tsipras of the left-wing, anti-bailout Syriza, had called for the deal to be torn up. Tsipras congratulated New Democracy late Sunday, but said his party's nearly 27% showing has forced Greek leaders to realize the bailout "is a nonviable economic plan."

The big question: Is the New Democracy victory large enough to calm euro jitters?

Obama heads to G-20 talks in Mexico

The situation in Greece is likely to be one of the topics on the minds of world leaders as they meet in Mexico this week for the Group of 20 summit.

Leaders of 20 of the world's leading economies  will meet in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Monday and Tuesday. President Barack Obama will attend and is expected to meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin; the two are likely to discuss the uprising in Syria and nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Iran in nuclear negotiations as sanctions loom

Iran is expected to meet officials from the United States and five other nations in Moscow this week in the latest installment of talks  aimed at persuading Iran to curb its nuclear program.

The talks on Monday and Tuesday come ahead of a potentially devastating oil embargo against Tehran that takes effect July 1. The embargo is coming because Western nations suspect Iran is developing nuclear weapons, though Iran insists its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes such as energy.

Earlier this year, the six nations negotiating with Iran - the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China - proposed that Iran curb its production of high-grade uranium, ship any stockpile of it out of the country and close its underground facility at Fordo, where uranium enrichment is taking place. Iran said it was willing to discuss the proposal this week in Moscow in exchange for easing sanctions.

Officials in Israel, which fears the prospect of Iran's obtaining nuclear weapons, accuse Iran of using the talks to stall the West and delay crippling oil sanctions for as long as possible while it continues to develop its nuclear capability.

Rio+20 hopes to build toward international climate deal

What is billed as one of the largest conferences in United Nations history will kick off Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, where officials from more than 130 countries will gather to discuss how to solve the world's environmental problems.

The Rio+20 summit - so named because it comes 20 years after a similar "Earth Summit" in the same city - is an event where officials are expected to talk about securing global economic growth without destroying the planet. It is hoped that the conference will at least lay the groundwork for a set of sustainable development goals that can be adopted worldwide.

Some critics have dismissed the event as an expensive talking shop that stands little more chance of succeeding than previous environmental summits.

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  1. chrissy

    @ banasy, no shes not paranoid. It was in her house for 8 days, didnt get into any food, didnt chew up anything. And stayed until my sister, brother in law and kids came. And just like my dad always did, disappeared as soon as it got chaotic! Lmao!

    June 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    But, just to make sure she wasnt senile i DID call my nephew to verify that there really was a squirrel IN her house. He said there was.

    June 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©,


    The Muslim Brotherhood claims their candidate has won the election. Of course, I'm sure the ruling military force has not decided the outcome yet.

    June 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      Are you being cynical?

      June 18, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©,

      @ Mr. Dalloway

      Now whatever in the world would give you such an impression as that ?

      June 18, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Yep @bobcat. This all reminds me of our first president, a black man named John Hansen. He was a peace loving man who desired our country be established based on an honest work ethic, good old common sense, and unmoveable family boundaries.
    He and men like him eventually lost-out to a military leader, who, by way of his troops marching on our Congress in philadelphia at that time, and DEMANDINDING they be paid in full for their "service" under threat of ousting Congress and making George Washington King of America. Congress backed down, and agreed to make George Washington president if the troops would just leave, and accept I.O.U.s, which they did.
    Now, what would you think if this same exact scenario were to be played-out in Egypt?

    June 18, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. peter pobertbotho

    HA HA HA, the world is doomed.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Sandusky’s lawyer tried to spin the report to his client’s favor:

    Joe Amendola, Sandusky’s lawyer, said he hasn’t seen Chambers’ report, but that her conclusions will be disputed by other psychologists who will be called by the defense. “I understand that there are some people who could look at this behavior and say it’s a pedo phile problem. But there are others who will say, ‘This is somebody who loves kids and loves to be around them’ … It’s the old story, you get your expert and I’ll get my expert.” Sandusky has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      There are few stories that are so vulgar that I cannot read, this is one of them.

      June 18, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Why would you randomly hug a child in the shower, and why from behind? Why would you kiss a child you barely know? Why would you tell him you love him? Why would you allegedly do this?

    I'll reiterate this one as it will be another nail in his coffin

    "It’s the old story, you get your expert and I’ll get my expert."

    To those who didn't report this and handled it internally ... you ARE just as guilty as if you did the crime your self!

    I do have believe Cnn post victim #6 testimony, but it was graphic as the 18 yr olds voice dropped off into his account of what happened to him.

    Now tell me that mans government is better than Gods government
    I'm just so sick of this world !!!

    June 18, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Reminder: All the above posts are in reference to the 1998 report

    June 18, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mr Dalloway

    And after a point of great malignacy there came a shudder within the soul, but did still, me, my love, remained.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mr Dalloway

    Love.....and understand the world.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    @ Mr Dalloway,

    I'd rather love and understand God thank you very much
    Jesus was NOT of this world. therefore, if you follow God, you must also be NOT of this world.
    Why the heck would I want to understand people, what? understand how evil is casting a wider and wider webb.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    chapter/verse ... find it your dam n self

    June 18, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    @bobcat? Where' your reply to my black president post @12:07?

    June 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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