Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
Police in Pakistan determined Rimsha Masih, 14, is innocent after being framed by an imam for desecrating the Quran.
September 30th, 2012
03:17 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:

Obama, Romney square off in Colorado

The first debate between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney happens Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, and the economy is expected to be the topic for about half of the 90 minutes.

Though the topics could change because of news developments, the other half is expected to focus on health care, the role of government, and governing, according to the organizers of the debate at the University of Denver.

iReport.com: What questions would you like to ask the candidates?

Debate preview: Both sides trying to manage expectations

Last Thursday's CNN Poll of Polls, an average of five national polls of likely voters conducted over a week and a half, showed Obama with a 49% to 45% lead over Romney.

Blasphemy case against Pakistani teen could be nearing end

A juvenile court in Pakistan on Monday is expected to consider a police investigators' determination that a 14-year-old girl is innocent of allegations that she desecrated the Quran.

Pakistani police told CNN their investigation concluded Rimsha Masih is innocent and was framed by an imam. The girl faced life in prison on allegations that she burned pages of the Quran to use as cooking fuel. But Rimsha's lawyers said the accuser wanted to settle a personal score with the girl because the two didn't get along.

The teen's case sparked international outcry against the Pakistani government, some saying that its blasphemy laws are used to settle scores and persecute religious minorities.

Will Pennsylvania voter ID law stand?

A Pennsylvania judge is expected to rule by Tuesday on whether the state's new voter identification law disenfranchises voters.

The judge upheld the law earlier this year, but the state's Supreme Court sent it back to him to reassess whether alternative forms of identification are sufficiently available. The law requires that most voters show photo identification before casting ballots.

The law's opponents said the measure undermines the ability of registered voters to vote and that it was passed without sufficient evidence of prior identity fraud. Its backers argue the law strengthens voting procedures and protects against fraud.

Ex-Cub getting long-delayed major-league at-bat

Seven years after Adam Greenberg was hit in the head by a pitch in his first Major League Baseball plate appearance, he's finally going to get a chance to get a complete MLB at-bat.

Greenberg, who hasn't been to the majors since that injury with the Cubs in 2005, is expected to take an at-bat for the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night, during their game against the visiting New York Mets.

The Marlins - the very team that knocked him out of his July 2005 game - signed him to a one-day contract last week so that he could bat in Tuesday's game, the penultimate match of the regular season. A filmmaker's campaign, including an online petition, helped persuade the Marlins to give Greenberg the chance.

Greenberg, 31, last played professionally for Bridgeport in the independent Atlantic League in 2011, but has been working out and served as a reserve outfielder for Team Israel in World Baseball Classic qualifying games this month.

Who wants James Bond's 2008 Aston Martin?

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first James Bond film "Dr. No." What better to celebrate than to buy Bond's 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS two-door coupe?

The car, used by actor Daniel Craig in "Quantum of Solace," is expected to attract up to £150,000 at an auction at Christie’s action house in London on Friday. Friday's event will sell the car and nine other items relating to the films. Forty other items are being auctioned online through October 8.

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  1. jpexcell

    I hope Romney asks Obama why his academic records are still sealed. Seems kinda weird, I'd like to know...

    September 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • 007

      He is a bully.

      September 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • i_know_everything

      yeah, that's very important, did he also bring gum when he was in kindergarten?

      September 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert


      Very important. We want to know if Obama was a foreign student? Tat will tell if he is a citizen and a liar and a cheat or just an interloper. Don't YOU want to know?

      September 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, like McCain had to show his provenance?
      The question has been asked and answered.
      Move on.

      September 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blossom

      I'm still waiting on Romney to show his 2009 Tax Returns. Funny he made all his VP picks show 10 years of tax returns and yet he STILL won't show the same number of tax returns that other candidates since his OWN father have shown. America want's to know what he's hiding!!

      September 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Stupidest comment I've seen in a long time.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Middle class

    The thought of a president who disses half of the US population is scarry.

    September 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Republican

    Romney/Ryan do not represent us.

    September 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wonder Woman

      But the problem is, we republicans don't have a good representative. I am republican and I don't like Romney. I don't trust him. He's shady. There's just something that's not quite right. And I do NOT like his 47% comment at all!

      September 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @ Wonder Women,
      Why do you think the republicans offered this weasle up to represent the right wing?
      The election is OBVIOUSLY rigged!
      I mean really open your eyes folks, it is those behind the curtains that are in control of you represents them.
      This a only a "dog and pony" show.

      September 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 1608

    I hope Obama asks Romney why we can't see his tax returns from 05 til now. Seem kinda weird,I'd like to know...

    September 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blossom

      I'm interested in hearing about that myself! Why did Romney make his VP picks show 10 years of returns when he won't show the American public but 2 years himself!! There's a stench about that!

      September 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Omg, what's next? Asking to see their first grade report cards?
    Obama's academic records?
    He's a Harvard Law Grad, same as Romney.
    Let's see HIS!
    And yes, how much Romney paid in taxes IS relevant.
    Fair is freaking fair.

    September 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      That whole statement doesn't jive with the banasy I know. Your usually so maticulous. You seem to be so passive about Obama and his record. Please explain.

      September 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 1608

    4got chris gov of nj. what is the difference between 57 states & the 47%? is he 4real?

    September 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Except Romney didn't need affirmative action to lift him.

      September 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What an absolutely ridiculous thing to say, Robert.

      September 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 1608

    No he had dads money.

    September 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim in Georgia

    Without affirmative action how many great minds would have been wasted?

    September 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Romney vs. Obama

    Romney stands up to the microphone and proclaims "My God is a powerful God. There is a burning hell, and if you elect me, it will become even hotter!" (yayyy,yayy,yayyy the rat wang immoral majority/fungus on the family folks applaud)
    President Obama, already prepared by hos groomers to refute this claim replies "You KNOW my God. For nearly four years now. Hell is burning just fine, and if you give me another 4 years, I will see to it that it burns finer." (woo hoo, woo hoo, woo hoo yell the gay sypathetic partisan microbloggers)
    There is no burning hell. Just ask Bill Nye "the science guy".
    Hell was made-up by very greedy religious men to extort you into giving them 10% of your paycheck)

    September 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Like, Duh

      When you yalk about the same things everyday all the time it makes you the same partisan microblogger that you are making fun of, like DUH.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Romney vs. Obama

    ROMNEY: @Obama. Where's your christian baptismal certificate sir? Here's mine. LDS, baby. Where's yours?

    September 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sorry, but this is an absurd way of thinking.
      You've seen Romey's baptismal certificate?
      A baptismal certificate will sway your vote one way or another?
      What's next?
      Wanting to know the candidate's skivvies size?
      Will that make a difference in the way you vote?

      September 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WANTED: Decent Candidate

    We need a man who does not fall for Romney and Obama's wolf god burning people in hell.
    We need a candidate who understands that it is the lower class (lifelong welfare recipients, disability fraudsters, etc) that has been consuming the middle class.
    We need a man of science and statistics, not blind faith and fudged numbers. ty

    September 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. maureen

    if hillary was running i wud vote for her n i m a republican

    September 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dandy Seroquel

    I woUd vOte foR HiLLarY to.
    question: shoudl citizens who are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, ormarijuanna be allowed to vote.
    We give them DUIs for driving while under the influence of drugs, even prescription pharmaceuticals.
    How is it that we don't allow them to drive a car but have no problem with them voting for the man who might drive this nation?

    September 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Like, Duh

      Because, oh I don't know, YOU CAN'T TAKEAWAY THEIR RIGHTS?? That's why. Just like they won't let you vote under the influence, like DUH! At least in my state.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Your deep-seated desire to use your abuse as an excuse to be a jerk to people is showing again.
    Please refrain from the insults and try to act in the manner Jesus would want you to.
    Oh, and I am a library clerk.
    Do get it straight.
    I know you don't like to be corrected over and over again, but it would seem as if your little Dandy Seroquel fried your brain also.

    September 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    And your unseemly interest in my panties is unhealthy, Dandy.
    Perhaps you should work on that in your next therapy session.
    Now, can we focus on the thread, one of the topic *not* being my panties?

    September 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
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