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. BOMBO ©

    My standard disclaimer, banasy, is "I'm not on the jury, so I am free to believe what I want."

    June 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Gonna have to use that, BOMBO©.
    No royalties, correct?

    June 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    As long as I can't find you – no royalties.

    June 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    No worries, BOMBO.
    We're in different countries.

    June 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Good evening you two! And BOMBO, hope youre well, havent seen you on here in awhile. Have missed your posts! ūüôā and i havent seen ruffnutt either, have you banasy? I sure hope he and his family are ok.

    June 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @chrissy:
    I haven't either...
    I hope he's all right, also.
    He's warped, but I like him anyway.....

    June 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lmao warped isnt always bad! Speaking of warped, lol i spent an hour on the phone with my mum! What a hoot she is, shes had a houseguest for 8 days, a flying squirrel! And shes convinced its my dad keeping an eye on her! I havent laughed so much in 4ever!

    June 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      That is too funny!!
      Lmao!
      Paranoid much, mom?
      Was your dad's name Rocky, by any chance, bless his soul?

      June 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    And todays Quirky News: A woman in Pennsylvania got shot in the leg when a bullet went off in her purse. The Devil wears....gunpowda!

    June 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    oops, correction....the bullet *exploded* in her purse.

    June 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    That's a bad day....

    June 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    The State of Florida had a problem. The drug bust over the years had filled
    their storage areas with Marijuana. It was decided the only option was to
    burn all of the Marijuana on hand. The eventful day a huge mound of Marijuana
    was torched. The fire raged and the smoke of the weed raised in a large cloud.
    At this time a flock of Tern's flew through this cloud.
    A group of forest rangers (aka Their environmental watch dogs) were sent out
    to assure the well-being of the Terns . They followed this flock until they
    finally landed. The rangers sneaking upon the terns were able to observe and
    issue a report that read: Not a Tern was left unstoned.

    June 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dazzle ©

    @bobcat (in a hat)©, Yay, 2 jokes from you. I think #2 says it all and will be misinterpreted. I loved Trics (sic) as a kid. How is your day sir?

    June 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    @dazzle ©
    Hello to you sweet lady. I had a nice quiet day today. How about yourself ? I had posted a couple good jokes on the fathers day blog, but as usual CNN deleted them. They also deleted a bunch of my comments as well. Why ? I don't know. Everything was actually on topic today.

    June 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dazzle ©

    @bobcat (in a hat)©, I hope your kids and wife were good to you today, you deserve it. My day was quiet as well. I don't know why CNN does that especially when your fan club adores those jokes. How is that kitty of yours working out? Now that I have 4 staying with me, they keep me on my toes. One of my daughters actually jumped in the pool with me. I almost freaked out but she loved being in the water and the other 3 were looking on from the inside with disdain.

    June 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©,

      @dazzle ©

      My daughter is living in Texas now, so it was just the wife and I. But we had a nice day. Our kitten has got to be the craziest little animal ever created. She keeps me cracking up all the time. It's too bad they can't stay small like that. Oh and we named her Pookie. She's just a big ole fluffball.

      June 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @bobcat (in a hat)©, I hope your daughter is coming along nicely. Give Pookie a big snuggle and kiss from Aunt dazzle ©. They just get too big too fast. What would life be like without crazy cats. The litter that we have now, 7 all together, nicely separated after the divorce are all crazy but we love them.

      June 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. the Joker

    To anyone wanting a good laugh, don't turn to CNN. We all know what a cesspool the world is, and there is nothing to laugh at.

    June 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @the joker, we have our very own comic on these blogs that takes away our ability to focus on the negativity that has become the planet.

      June 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      So true, a great desolation of importance.

      June 18, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
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