Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
July 8th, 2012
04:37 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Welcome to our weekly preview of some of the stories that CNN plans to follow over the next seven days. Get a good look now, in case you're one of the thousands of people who might have some difficulty checking out the Web tomorrow:

There goes the Internet

OK, the Internet isn't really going anywhere. But hundreds of thousands of people might be unable to access it on Monday because the FBI is going to stop propping up the computers that still are infected with a computer virus that's been around for years.

The FBI on Monday will shut down Internet servers that it temporarily set up to support those affected by the DNSChanger virus, which was spread by Estonian cybercriminals to millions of computers over the past five years. Turning off those servers will knock all those still infected offline, CNNMoney reports.

The FBI has tried to notify those whose computers are infected, but nearly 304,000 computers worldwide (out of roughly 1.6 billion) still had the virus in mid-June, according to the FBI. About 70,000 of those computers are in the United States.

The agency has offered a step-by-step plan on how to check to check your computer for the virus.

House to vote on repealing health care law

Expect to hear more debate this week on the United States' health care reform law. The U.S. House is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to repeal the measure.

But don't expect the effort to change anything, even if the repeal passes the Republican-led House. The Senate, controlled by Democrats, has turned down a number of previous attempts to repeal or defund the law since it passed in 2010.

The latest attempt by House Republicans comes a couple weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the law.

Wednesday's House vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act will signal to the public that Republicans are "resolved to get rid of this," House Speaker John Boehner said.

New Egyptian president defying military, court

A conflict of sorts might shape up this week between Egypt's new president and the country's military and judiciary, after the president announced Sunday he's overriding a military edict that dissolved the country's elected parliament.

President Mohamed Morsy called lawmakers back into session, putting him at odds with constitutional experts and Egypt's military. In June, the military said it was assuming legislative power after Egypt's highest court ruled that a third of lawmakers had been illegally elected.

Restoring parliament would siphon power away from generals who ran the county for more than 16 months after the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Can Europe stabilize its debt crisis?

Investors around the world will keep a close eye on this week's talks between European finance ministers on how to shore up some of Europe's debt-saddled countries and banks.

Euro area leaders agreed late last month on a number of steps designed to stabilize eurozone credit markets and strengthen the region's banking system. But officials will meet early this week in Brussels to hammer out the details.

The meeting comes after Spanish 10-year bonds briefly  jumped above 7% on Friday,  a sign that investors aren't convinced the June deal will stabilize the debt crisis.

The 7% level is psychologically significant since it typically signals that financial rescue is needed, CNNMoney reports. Greece, Ireland and Portugal moved much higher before they required a bailout, but the number still unnerves investors.

CNNMoney: Economists see multiple eurozone exits

Tensions follow Mexico election

The runner-up in Mexico's recent presidential election is expected to challenge the results this week, as allegations of vote-buying (with gift cards) and other irregularities swirl.

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador finished second with 31.59% of the vote, short of Enrique Peña Nieto's  38.21%. Peña Nieto is the presumptive president-elect, as the country's electoral tribunal has yet to ratify the results.

The federal electoral tribunal will start accepting complaints of voting irregularities. Peña Nieto's opponents have accused his party of buying votes through thousands of cards that could be redeemed for products at supermarkets.

Baseball's All-Star game on Tuesday

Major League Baseball's 83rd All-Star Game will get under way Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The National League beat the American League the past two years, and the game already is breaking records with American League starter Josh Hamilton, the Rangers outfielder who garnered an unprecedented 11,073,744 votes. The National League boasts first-time all star R.A. Dickey, the 37-year-old New York Mets pitcher and Major League Baseball's only knuckleballer. Tune in to CNN Newsroom on Monday for a new segment on Dickey's remarkable life and season.

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  1. revnowwhilewecan

    I fully love and trust the government so I will report my PC to the D.O.J. immediately.

    July 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Deliciously tongue-in-cheek!

      How do you get an avatar? Do you have to register somewhere?
      I'm getting a bit tired of being hijacked.

      July 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©


    July 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mickey1313

    The right its to practice your belief, not to impose it upon others

    July 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. revnowwhilewecan

    I just go to my profile on wordpress and downloaded it from my pics. There's a section in "gravatar" where you can download pics and change out your avatar whenever you want. I use wordpress for most of my blog sites. Hope that helps... 🙂

    July 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. edvhou812

    And does the House really think that it will pass the Senate? We're not even talking the votes needed to over-ride the inevitable veto, but just about getting past the Senate. This is why the Republicans anger me now. They will waste time on election year bill that even elementary school civics student knows will not pass.

    July 9, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |