Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
September 16th, 2012
03:04 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:

FBI waiting to visit Benghazi for investigation of consulate attack

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The consequences of last week's attacks that killed four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi continue to develop, with the United States pressing an investigation in Libya.

FBI agents are conducting interviews with witnesses outside the country, including people who've been evacuated, while waiting to visit Libya themselves. Agents hoped to arrive on Saturday but reconsidered because of the instability sweeping across Libya and throughout the region, federal law enforcement officials said.

Libyan officials believe the attack was a planned assault that used a protest over a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed as a diversion. Rage over the film across the Muslim world appeared to contribute to a number of protests outside U.S. embassies in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere last week. Although tensions remain, protests dwindled over the weekend.

Delayed 'Fast and Furious' hearing might happen this week

The Justice Department's inspector general is scheduled to talk to a House committee on Wednesday about his investigation into a controversial gun-trafficking operation,  a week after his testimony originally was scheduled.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to testify about Fast and Furious, the ATF program that some U.S. lawmakers have linked to the 2010 death of  U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The 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 Horowitz's investigation have said that much of the blame lies with officials in Phoenix who developed the operation and largely kept Washington executives in the dark. Horowitz's testimony before the House panel was delayed last week after the Justice Department said Horowitz's report wasn't ready.

Powerful typhoon takes aim at South Korea, China

South Korea is bracing for a strong typhoon for a second time in a month. Typhoon Sanba, which on Sunday had the same intensity as a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to hit South Korea and perhaps southern mainland Japan on Monday before moving up the Chinese coast.

The storm on Sunday had maximum sustained winds of about 120 mph, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the U.S. military agency responsible for issuing tropical storm warnings in the Pacific Ocean.

Last month, Typhoon Bolaven killed more than 60 people on the Korean peninsula.

McDonald's makes sure you know what you're ordering

The menu items at McDonald's are going to have a few more numbers next to them than you're used to.

The fast-food chain, starting Monday, will post calorie counts on its in-store and drive-through menus for all items.

While McDonald's will not be the first major restaurant chain to prominently post calorie counts within its restaurants - Panera Bread started doing it in April 2010 - it will be the largest, serving 25 million customers daily. The move comes in advance of a proposed federal regulation that would require chains to share this information, possibly as early as next year. McDonald's has long provided nutritional breakdowns of its standard menu items on its website.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to get Congressional Gold Medal

Myanmar opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy campaigner who was under house arrest for a total of 15 years before her most recent release in 2010, is due to receive the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. as part of her trip to the United States.

Suu Kyi was elected to Myanmar's parliament earlier this year, a key step for her party and its fight for political reforms in the nation formally known as Burma. For decades, Myanmar was ruled by a repressive military junta, but in recent years, the generals have relaxed their grip on power, permitting Thein Sein's administration to push through a series of changes, including peace talks with rebel groups and the release of hundreds of political prisoners.

The medal is the highest civilian honor given by Congress. She was conferred the Presidential Medal of Freedom - America's highest civilian honor - by U.S. President Bill Clinton while she was being detained.

Expect electronics stores to be busy Friday

Friday is the first day of sales for the iPhone 5. If you're at an Apple store or other electronics stores that day, expect to see a number of people waiting to buy one or collect on their pre-order.

For those of you who ordered through the Apple, Verizon, Sprint and AT&T sites, your order likely won't ship for a couple weeks.

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  1. chrissy

    And also @ Tony, im glad you didnt let the troll win the other day and run you off.

    September 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    mickiedee's coffee is crap...i know gas stations that make ah better brew ...mcdonalds fastfood salt, sugar and fat capital of the world...!

    September 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    lol @ dazzle, and cookin at home means no one has spit in your food and its prepared with clean hands eh?

    September 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      lol...it's not done til the cat put his paw in it...

      September 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      not believin' it...cat hairs floats in the air...parasitic cat dishes for dinner are NOT healthy...i heard thatsah reportable illness and epidemic in britain...sorry rather eat hamburgers in my cat free car...

      September 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Good afternoon Chrissy, you to Banasy. You might think I'm crazy bit my cat sits on my dinner table while I am cooking and eating. I have him trained to not get in my food. That may change if I leave the room though. As long as I am in the kitchen he will not get in my food. He waits for me to give him a sample. Depending on what it is he may or may not eat it. He likes turkey and grpund meat, but does not like ground turkey. He also liles cheese, fish, raw sjrimp and crawfish.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Hmmm. Poorest? Rowanda? I'm being set up. Maybe after work, I'll try an educated guess. Later... ūüôā

    September 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lol @ Jeff, i think it was a set up for all of us. But you have a good nite. And the rest of you also, im off.

    September 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nowwhat

    Reading this there is no news about a possible strike by the longshoremen at the nations ports. Anyone hear if that is a possibility or just a bad rumor.

    September 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      There is a longshoreman strike somewhere in the United States at just about any time. A lot of this anti union stuff is because the unions have forgotten their purpose. They no longer represent a workers rights and take the workers money and invest it into political parties without the workers' say so.every time minimum wage increases longshoreman are shorted hours because of cutbacks in other areas. Not to mention that some of them still make the same pay as they did in 1983. In just a few months that will be 30 years at the same pay rate. Is it wise to strike at this time? Not with the economy as it is and the failure we have for a president.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      So, I take it you're not in a union, Hamsta?

      September 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Actually yes I am, but not by choice.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      The same pay rate as in 1983?
      Where is that at?
      Obviously, their representation isn't very good, and their officers should be voted out.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Good night Chrissy.

    September 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    not banasy @ 7:2l

    September 17, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hamsta

    We live in a world where the bible, which has never been proven wrong and has been proven factually correct thousands of times, is dismissed as a fairy tale by the same people who accept the 5 o'clock news as the word of God even though every news outlet including CNN has been proven to be liars. Even the presidents of both Lobya and Egypt recognize this attack as a planned attack on the anniversary of 9/11. Rather than state the truth your president, Obama, wants to show weakness and bend forward to kiss muslim butt and apoligize for a movie that has absolutely nothing to do with these attacks. Every world leader is laughing at Obama right now. Obama thinks he won a war but is either to stupid or to stuck on himself to realize that he only won a battle and the war is not over. Just because you kill a leader does not mean you won a war, there is someone to take his place. History has proven this many times over and that is also the reason you have a vice president. I have a simple solution to this war: America feeds the world and I know this to be fact because I ship food all over the world. Many nations in history have used starvation of the enemy as a winning strategy. Why are we still feeding the muslims? Starve the muslims and the few good muslims will learn to not allow these terrorists to have any power.

    September 17, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©


    September 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Starve whole countries because of what some extremeists do?
    That is as barbaric as how the extremists acr...not to mention there are other religions, including Christianity, living in those countries; Muslin is a faith, not a nationality.
    I deplore the actions of some of these people; I do NOT think it is in the teachings of the Bible to starve innocents.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      It also isn't America's responsibilty to feed the world. America does so to show generosity and make money through world trade. Al quada struck the world trade center on 9/11. The world trade center is more or less the office building for my job. Al quada was just telling America that they don't need food so America should let them starve.

      September 17, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      You keep using the word extremists banz. Please recognize that the entire Mideast is out for blood. Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya. God the list goes on and on. Why can't you recognize that those peoples of those nations would kill you and your family in a second if they had the chance? I realize you are trying to be tolerant and respectful but damn. I say yank the billions in aid and let the cavemen go back to their caves and let them crap in their own homes...

      September 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      Yes keep our food out of the very hands that want to kill us and our entire way of life. THAT'S BARBARISM? Please. Where I'm from that's called checks and balances...

      September 17, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      yes keep our food out of the very mouths that would slay us! THAT'S BARBAR-ISM? Please. Where I'm from it's called checks and balances DUH...

      September 17, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      If one can tell the difference between an Al Quaida follower and you average everyday citizen, you may hgave a point; but since one cannot, wholesale starvation is not option.
      Killing people who have NOTHING to do with Al Quaida and DO NOT SUPPORT THEM, via starvation is barbaric, and just as wrong as the machinations of Al Quaida killing innicent Westerners.
      If one cannot see that, I am sorry for you.

      And make no mistake; America's feeding other countries has NOTHING to do with altruism and EVERYTHING to do with making a buck.
      Do NOT confuse the two, or punish innocent people for the actions of terrorists; that would make the US no better than THEM.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      I'm part german, my grandmother was a Nazi Germany survivor. That's exactly how she was treated. The world told her it was her fault, she could have stopped it, she chose not to and she is on her own to clean up the mess. As a german citizen she didn't support the Nazi's but had to pay the price. The German citizens hunted down known Nazis and if they weren't turned in they were erased from existance. Why do the "good" muslims do nothing about it? I can answer that for you..... BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T TEATED LIKE MY GRANDMOTHER WAS!!!!

      September 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I also had family members die in the Nazi death camps, Hamsta.
      I would like to think that the United States is above the atrocities that were the reality of Nazi Germany, and supporting the same fate to other innocents is the true measure of one's views, isn't it?
      How charming.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Good morning all.

    Your passion boils over every time the name Obama is mentioned anywhere. get a better start to your day, man. get yourself together.
    The world has been laughing at us or disdaining our policies since the Bush-Cheney era of infamy. Unfortunately for this nation the unrealistic and far from rational or far sighted bent of our foreign policy hasn't changed much over the past 11 years. The launch of the biggest folly in our history (the Iraq debacle) saw us gradually slither down the slope of decline.

    The obstacles created by the 'opposition' and their bent of mind have been largely responsible for our not deviating from that path proven faulty.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      You are delusional to think that we shouldn't have gone after Hussein. That is the same as.sayimg that because Hitler had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor that we should not gone after him. Hussein's crime is the same as Hitler's, GENOCIDE. You want the weapons of mass destruction? We found them alright, after we dug up 300,000 of Husseins own people in mass graves. He used biochemical warfare agents on h oi s own people for a science experiment. You won't accept the forensic science that has proven the existance of weapons of mass destruction, you want the bomb. How delusional? Furthermore, considering Hitler's entire family changed their names and the name Hitler cannot be found in any directory anywhere in the world, why hasn't Barrack Hussein Obama changed his name? I can answer that for you....... Barrack Hussein Obama is a muslim terrorist sympathiser.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      The ONLY reason that you feel that Obama is a Muslim sympathiszer is because his middle name is Hussein.
      I find it odd that one would defend the US going into Iraq to stop Saddam's geonocide, according to you, when you yourself are advocating starving millions of innocent people to death to get a point accross to people who had nothing to do with what happened to the Ambassador of Libya, Hamsta.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @ saywhat, Good afternoon.
      But didn't the Bush/Cheney administration go in under the guise of conflict to protect the Bush-Zapata oil production infrastructure from being totally eradicated by the Iraqi military.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Actually Banasy I have many reasons to know for a fact that Obama is a muslim terrorist sympathiser. He finds it more important to suck up to islam and involve them in the space program than to find a replacement for the space shuttle. Then comes his comment about "Leading from behind". What that actually means is that he is to much of a coward to be a leader and is waiting on the United Nations' approval. Never before in history has America needed approval from the United Nations to do anything. We are America and we set the standards for the rest of the world. Then comes the fact that instead of telling Al Quada that in America we have freedom of speech and that just because you don't like what someone says is no excuse for violence. Obama would rather use his policy of "bending forward" (you do know what happens when you bend forward don't you?) To suck on a muslim stick while he apoligizes for everything that makes America great and prosecutes a film maker for excercising his right to freedom of speech. The name not being changed just makes it that much more blatantly obvious that Obama is preparing erica to be screwed by the muslims. Can we have some lube with that please?

      September 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      No, Hamsta.
      America has free speech.
      Other countries do not have the same privileges as the US, and the sooner one realizes THAT, the better.
      He has denounced the film because of the violence it caused.
      He apologized to no one for this, except to express his condolences expressed to the families of those Americans who were slain.
      One may take every word he utters out of context and put their slant on it, but that does not make it true, or factual...and opinions as to what he meant can be taken with the same grain of salt.
      The erroneous ideology that the US is in charge of the world is precisely why many hate us.
      There is a difference between 'leading' and 'forcing', and the wise person knows the difference.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Actually Banasy Amerrica was attacked and we don't need approval from anyone to defend ourselves and the only thing America is "forcing" is justice on terrorism. But on the other hand the United Nations, Obama and his liberal loons are trying to force America to ask for permission to defend ourselves. You are so backwards on this subject. I strongly suggest you stop drinking the Obama flavored kool ail before your grandkids are forced to speak iranian.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yes, the embassy was attacked.
      Yes, measures are being undertaken to rectify that situation.
      Yes, your idea of killing all Muslims is barbaric on just flat of freaking wrong!
      I drink no kool-aid; indeed, that term stems from a bunch of zealot religious extremists that can be compared to the extremists that are causing such havoc in the ME right now.
      I am not backwards on this subject; I strongly suggest you stop underestimating my intelligence on this matter because I do NOT agree with your "solution", which seems pretty bloody final to me.
      If you are going to start with your ad hominem tactics, this conversation is over.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And just WHY should the POTUS change his middle name?
      He didn't name himself.
      His parents did.
      Why should he change his middle name to prove he isn't what his detractors and mudslingers lie continously about?

      September 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    The hold of MIC, foreign lobbies, Big business and special interest has over the years become a stranglehold. We have seen this admn fighting to stand up to them on the pain of being labeled socialist, anti war, anti defense and such. Rationality and holding American interests dear and understanding the changing world dynamics is interpreted by opposition propaganda as weakness or apologetic. Balderdash.
    Thank your lucky stars that we are not already broiled in the sands of Iran. If we don't let sanity prevail ,whatever vestiges of credibility, influence and prestige we have left with and national treasure would be gone.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Again you are delusional, look up socialism in webster's dictionary and you will find his talk of redistribution of wealth, government takeovers of the healthcare industry and the auto industry fit that definition precisely. Margaret Thatcher explained it as simply as it can be explained " The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." For socialism to be sustainable you must be a warmonger and conquer other nations to take their wealth. That precisely why both Rome and Nazi Germany declined until collapse and precisely why America is on the decline.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat


    So we went after Saddam because of compassion for the people of Iraq? For goodness sake. You cannot be serious. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The number you quote of Iraqis dying at Saddam's hand is also false.Most opposition sources at the time put that number at 90'000 to further their own agenda. And you also forget that whatever stock of chemical weapons saddam had at the time was supplied by the US to him during the Iran-Iraq war.
    Iraq or Iraqis had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11 and it has been amply proved that they had no weapons of mass destruction unless you take what we supplied to them as such..
    As for 9/11 much has been written and said and testified to. Suffice to say that the only folks who like to believe that Al-Qaeda was behind 9/11 are Al-Qaeda themselves or those of us in denial.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Deregulation and Wall Street running amok got us into trouble in the first place. If one considers justifiable accountability to protect investors and consumers and the industry itself as socialism then its a moot point.
    Warmongering , hegemony, military bases girdling the planet, rule of MIC would most certainly see us go the way of all empires and no one can disagree. All the more reason that the insanity that drove us to that self destructive path needs to be contained.
    We cannot let that mind set come into power again.
    Good night all.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
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