Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
September 2nd, 2012
07:29 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:

Labor Day

It's estimated that 33 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles during Labor Day weekend, according to AAA. Unfortunately, gas prices will be high for those trips but are expected to drop off after Monday.

The extended weekend being the last blast of summer for many, beaches, pools and even backyards will be full of people celebrating. For more information on Labor Day, catch up on the holiday by the numbers.

CNN's food blog, Eatocracy, will also be on hand with great tips and recipes to make the holiday even more tasty. And CNN Money will have the latest information on how those gas prices will affect you during and after Labor Day.

Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

After Republicans had their say and Clint Eastwood addressed an empty chair at last week's RNC in Tampa, attention shifts to the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The convention runs Tuesday through Thursday.

Exactly one week after Ann Romney spoke on behalf of her husband, first lady Michelle Obama will have a headlining role at the DNC, speaking on behalf of "what drives (President Barack Obama) every day." Former President Bill Clinton will give the nominating address on the final night of the convention.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will give the keynote address, marking the first time the keynote is delivered by a Latino at a Democratic National Convention, organizers said.

Also expected to speak are House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the party's nominee in 2004; Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff; and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker will participate in revealing the party's platform.

CNN.com will bring you continuous coverage all week long, and you can follow along with our "Convention Floor Pass" app as well.

SEAL's book on bin Laden raid available

"No Easy Day," the memoir of a former Navy SEAL who helped kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011, hits bookshelves on Tuesday.

The book is expected to reveal the full story of how bin Laden met his end. Last week, the book was already No. 1 on Amazon's best-seller list amid waves of controversy and buzz.

Matt Bissonnette, writing under the pen name Mark Owen, has already been warned by the Pentagon and has a former SEAL worried. Now, people will be able to read the book for themselves and make up their minds over whether it is critical of Obama or gives away too much sensitive information.

Last week, the Pentagon and CIA were combing through the book to make sure no operational techniques or sources would be leaked. On Friday, Bissonnette's lawyer stated that the author did not violate military secrecy agreements or break federal law by writing the book.

Publisher Dutton had originally planned to release 300,000 copies, but after fevered hype in the media and on social networks last week, it increased that to 575,000 copies, according to the latest from Publisher's Weekly.

NFL season kicks off

The NFL season kicks off Wednesday with the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XLVI, hosting the Dallas Cowboys.

The game is being played on a Wednesday so as not to interfere with Obama's DNC address on Thursday in Charlotte. This will be the first NFL game played on a Wednesday since September 22, 1948. (The Los Angeles Rams crushed the Detroit Lions 44-7 in the season opener for both teams, by the way.)

The NFL has been in the news not only because of August's preseason games, but because of a labor dispute with the referees union,  the National Football League Referees Association. Because of the dispute, the league will start the season with replacement officials. As of Sunday, the NFL and the NFLRA had not able to reach a collective bargaining agreement.

Jobs report lands Friday

One of the presidential campaigns - or both, depending on spin doctors' abilities - is likely to gain additional ammunition Friday morning with the release of August employment figures by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Mitt Romney and the Republican Party have made the economy and job creation the centerpiece of their bid for the White House, and a weak showing could back their argument.

On the other hand, a report showing strong improvement could add to Obama's momentum the day after the Democratic National Convention ends.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 163,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 8.3%. Employment rose in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, and manufacturing, BLS reported.

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. saywhat

    good morning @Obama Mama.
    Obama bashing is an obsession with his opponents, so be it. Elections are around the corner. Let the voters decide and I sincerely hope people come to vote.

    September 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Wrong again, Obama's opponents stick to the issues. Obama's strategy is distract, divide and bash the opposition and it is blatently obvious.

      September 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Saying WRONG without having a plan is meaningless.
      That's the platform I get from Romney.
      Obama is wrong.
      Vote for me.
      Period.

      September 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Oops, Btw... The film actually starts with the insti tution of Israel as a state in 1948. Hence; Jews being brought brought back to their homeland... which starts the count down to Armageddon. Fascinating Doc U...

    September 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    Mary, don't worry if banasy had a coronary trying to illicit an answer, she would be in very capable hands. Promise.

    September 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
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