Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
September 9th, 2012
09:22 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:

Report expected to blame Arizona ATF officials for Fast and Furious 

long-awaited report on a controversial ATF gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious is expected to be issued by the Justice Department inspector general by Tuesday - the day that the inspector general is due to testify on the matter in front of  a House committee.

The report would come just days after Mexican authorities arrested a man in connection with the 2010 slaying of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose death led U.S. lawmakers to begin investigating the operation.

The sting operation, set up by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials in Arizona, allowed straw purchasers to leave Arizona gun shops with illegally purchased weapons. The operation was designed to track the weapons to Mexican drug  cartels, but the monitoring broke down and nearly 2,000 weapons were "lost." Many are believed to have ended up with the cartels.

Two of those weapons were found at the scene of the murder of Terry in Arizona, near the border, in December 2010.

Two senior ATF officials familiar with the report, insisting on anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss it, say the findings are consistent with what  headquarters has maintained throughout the investigation - that much of the blame lies with officials in Phoenix who developed the operation and largely kept Washington executives in the dark.

Fast and Furious investigation started with agent's death

Politicians not invited to Tuesday's 9/11 ceremony in New York

The United States on Tuesday will mark 11 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but politicians won't be among those gathering at the World trade Center memorial in New York.

Organizers did not invite politicians to attend the event, in part because of tension between the governors of New York and New Jersey and New York City's mayor over who is responsible for costs of a yet-to-be-opened 9/11 museum and other things, as WNYC reports.

Other official remembrances of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania are planned. Vice President Joe Biden, for instance, is scheduled to speak Tuesday in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked airplanes crashed 11 years ago.

Obama honors those who joined military after 9/11

Congressional truce? Budget showdown could be pushed to post-election 

Congress will return from recess this week, and it looks like they're set to avoid a possible October 1 government shutdown.

Lawmakers are expected to vote this week on a deal that would extend current government spending levels for six months, putting off threats of a government shutdown until after the November election, which will decide the makeup of a new House and Senate.

House Republicans have been pushing for more cuts, but some GOP lawmakers told CNN they were OK with the deal, saying that anything that would come out of 11th-hour negotiations in the lame-duck session of Congress after the November vote could be significantly worse than the six-month spending deal reached by leaders of the GOP-led House and the Democrat-led Senate. Conservatives also believe that agreeing to a stopgap deal now takes some leverage away from Senate Democrats to try to use the threat of a shutdown to extract items from House Republicans on other year-end fights on tax breaks and scheduled cuts to defense programs they oppose.

Chicago school officials trying to avoid teachers' strike

We'll learn later today whether the nation's third-largest public school system will avert a teachers' strike, which would begin Monday if nothing is worked out.

If a strike happens, it would affect nearly 700 schools and about 400,000 students. The school year would abruptly stop not long after it started: Some students in the district began class on August 13, and more - on a different schedule - started on September 4.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the teachers are under pressure to move back their strike deadline if no resolution is reached before Monday. The teachers and school administrators are bargaining on issues such as merit pay and health care.

The next iPhone is (almost assuredly) here

Apple fans will be looking forward to Wednesday's expected unveiling of its next iPhone, which industry observers say could be smaller, lighter and faster than previous versions.

Video: New iPhone expected to have 4G LTE capability

Last week, Apple sent the media a cryptic invitation to an announcement event Wednesday in San Francisco, widely believed to be the iPhone unveiling. The invitation featured the number 12 - for September 12 - whose shadow not so subtly appears in the form of the number 5. This reinforces speculation that the new device will be called iPhone 5 instead of iPhone 4G or something else.

Multiple reports citing anonymous sources have said that the new phone will be released on September 21, nine days after Wednesday's announcement.

The announcement is set to begin at 10 a.m. PT Wednesday. CNN Tech will be live blogging the announcement.

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  1. dazzle ©

    @Chucky, I agree with you. If there was one person that I could have at my dinner table it would be our brilliant forefather.

    September 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Patrick Henry, whose quote you pizzerized, said "Give me liberty or give me death", not Thomas Jefferson.
    The more you know...

    September 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Chucky come and join Mary and me for pepperoni pizza. We can bring Superman if that pleases you.

    September 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ginger

    Here we go again. Instead of listening to the People, the GOP is only concerned about having to "give up" something, if they don't agree to this extension. What ever happened to LISTENING to those who elected them? Time for a clean sweep ini the Congress, and to freeze their raises, for the next 4 years, as well as changing them over to
    Medicare, and let them buy their own supplement. Whatever "travel" they do, needs to be approved "by the people" and not the office of Budget Management. No more Secret Service, that can't behave themselves when they are
    charged to protect our officials. In this next 4 years, they will either have to "do their jobs" or risk being fired. Most of us, are tired with "politics, as usual". It's time everyone did their job, because when they ARE doing their job, they won't have time to criticize each other. Period.

    September 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Cnn, you saw fit to delete my post telling someone who perverted my name, and indeed, who is the author of most of these posts, but you leave the troll ones hijacking and speaking of lesbians?
    What the heck kind of organization are you?
    Are you even credible in any way shape or form anymore, or is this person on your payroll, and earning you advertising money?

    September 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      It has to be a pay per click deal. If their goal is to decrease readership this way, then that's the way it's going to be.

      September 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      If I had never been to gthis blog before I would say "Geez,they went to all this trouble to post these topical stories, then left u'p a bunch of comments from one solitary mouth breather about pizza and being gay, but deleted posts from several other more intelligent people. Then I likely move on and never come back.

      September 10, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      I been preaching the same stuff banz. When they stopped posting my thoughts under j j I drew the line. It's fishy...

      September 10, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Jay Jay:
      They won't even let those two letters together in a post to go through...strange as heck.

      I know, right?

      September 10, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Turkeeeey Pepperooooniiii!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I'm out of here.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "I'm Commentless"

    Night banasy Mwwa.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jay jay

    That's pretty useless. You from the Midwest as well kenney?

    September 10, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Thought you lived in AZ, Jay jay, or am I mistaken?

      September 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "I'm Commentless"
    September 10, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kenney

    You know that they can stop these people from using these blogs a long time ago i was on and they blocked me for 4 days because me and someone ekse got into it really bad thats before i had my u/n as superman,,,so why cant they stop it now ?

    September 10, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    It's a paid CNN employee, deleting the post, I'm almost willing to bank money on it. Or it could be thier server is "accidently deleting it", as they're adding new threads to post. You ought to compare the time your posts started comming up missing to the time CNN posted new threads to blog to.
    I'm like you a little. I GROW SO TIRED OF BEING USED.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ma & pa

    Are they looking for wise folk who might spot a stacked deck before the game begins?

    September 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |