Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
It's showtime for Rep. Paul Ryan, left, and Vice President Joe Biden.
October 7th, 2012
02:05 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:

Biden, Ryan face off

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan will duke it out Thursday in the first and only vice-presidential debate. The showdown takes place at at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

A recent CNN/ORC International Poll found that 55% of likely voters thought Ryan would fare better in the debate, while 39% said Biden would win.

Biden and Ryan face off eight days after President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney met on stage. Obama and Romney will debate again on October 16.

Romney to deliver major foreign policy address 

Mitt Romney will deliver a major speech on foreign policy Monday in Virginia, an aide to the Republican presidential nominee said last week, as bloodshed continued in Syria and fresh questions surfaced about the Obama administration's handling of last month's consulate attack in Libya.

The speech, which a source said would take place at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, comes as foreign policy has taken a larger role on the campaign trail.

Romney has criticized Obama for his dealings with Iran and China. Immediately following the consulate attack, Romney accused Obama's administration of sending "mixed signals" on American values. He was roundly criticized, including by some Republicans, for injecting politics into a dangerous international situation. Since his initial statements, new developments have called into question the administration's handling of security at the Benghazi consulate, both before and after the attack.

Sandusky to be sentenced in child rape case

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky may be sentenced on Tuesday after a hearing to determine if he's a sexually violent predator, according to court documents.

After a three-week trial featuring emotional and often graphic testimony from eight of the former Penn State assistant football coach's victims, a 12-person jury in June convicted him on 45 of 48 counts.

Jurors heard from eight young men who testified that when they were boys, Sandusky forced them to engage in sexual acts in showers in Penn State's athletics facilities, hotel rooms, the basement of his home and other places. The abuse spanned at least 15 years.

Congressional hearing on Libya attack

The House Oversight Committee is planning a Wednesday hearing on the attack in Libya and related security issues.

The committee will ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify amid reports that the State Department turned down requests for additional security before the attack.

"Multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 (2012) attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi," said a letter from Reps. Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington."

The Republicans demanded answers to several questions and testimony at Wednesday's hearing - the only hearing on any matter currently scheduled before Election Day.

Pussy Riot appeal hearing to continue

The appeal hearing will continue on Wednesday for three members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot, who were sentenced to two years for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin.

One of the band members, Yekaterina Samutsevich, said Monday that she no longer wants to work with an attorney who doesn't share her views in the case.

Read more: Pussy Riot supporters vent anger on Twitter

The women were convicted in August of hooliganism, sparking an international outcry. Authorities charged them after they criticized Putin in one of Moscow's grandest cathedrals.

A judge rejected the women's defense that they were acting from political motives, ruling that they had intended to insult the Orthodox Church and undermine public order.

A day before the hearing, the Russian Orthodox Church appealed for leniency for the band members, according to state-owned Ria Novosti.

NHL season delayed ... again

As a result of its ongoing player lockout, the National Hockey League is canceling regular-season games through October 24.

The season was scheduled to start October 11, but recent meetings between representatives for the players union and the NHL have failed to produce a collective bargaining agreement.

NHL.com reported Tuesday that NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the players and owners had lost $100 million due to the cancellation of the preseason.

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  1. raven

    Either way. I admit to my faults, but I will defend myself against unfounded accusations. Just seemed to fit in with your oblique first post.I dont care enough to text fight unless I'm accused of something I haven't done. In that case : hy-yah!! Karate chop to the keypad!

    October 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Disclaimer: for those of you with no sense of humor, ACOURSE I was joking. I would never EVER karate chop ANYONE in the keyboard. Thats dangerous.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    no, raven wouldn't be there. raven would be at the mall.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tucsnad

    Out of all the sports teams out there and games I think professional hockey is the most physical next to Rugby and the NHL players still get paid fairly low for what they do. However, striking and disappointing those who help pay your salary with having no season isn't the way around it.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • GTA

      It's not a strike by the players. It's a lockout by the owners. There's a difference.

      October 8, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    We could gather around this large pond next to a small one with the true Garden of the Gods in our faces. The missing blocks of sandstone The Broadmoor Hotel was made from a constant reminder of the human condition. Like squares cut from a Mona Lisa hauled off to make patchwork quilt quaint bridges and hallowed halls. It's still amazingly beautiful as our earth even after what we have done to it.
    This garden is just south of the famous one, and you only have to hike about a half hour to get there.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    Amen, tucsnad. A lot of people depend on these games. And usually, even the lowest paid athletes make more than the upper middle class workin joe.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Granite monoliths with giant cubes of them missing...200 ft x 200 ft. cubes, for example. With the half-round evidence of blasting holes drilled into the rock as if courderoy lines on a pair of mans slacks. (yes, pun)

    October 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    A very wealthy old widow who owned that land passed away a few years back. On the other side of that hill is a trailer park all run-down and shabby. That old gal's relatives lived there rent free and also rented-out trailers to other crystal methamphetamine junkies. (tweekers) However, the widow stipulated in her will that the land go to the City of Colorado Springs instead of blood being thicker than true water.
    Huge ridges of rocks keep that eyesore away from the garden's image like tall walls built around African leaders' buildings and abodes so that visiting dignitary not be embarrassed at the sight of how the King's people lived in squalor equal to less than luxuriant dung.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    There are a lot of humble athletes. There are also many who are self-important the way some celebrities are: they think they are so special that they should be treated differently than the rest of us. Because we keep TELLING them that. Some make more money in a month than many do in a lifetime. Yeah, real special.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    I think it's nice that Philip found a blog where hed can ramble on incoherently and not be deleted. Thank you CNN we are all so grateful.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. acejnes

    If any of you had bothered to check the facts, you would know that the hockey players are NOT on strike. They want to play but the owners have locked them out. If you all are looking for the greedy ones, you've been accusing the wrong people

    October 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      True, they are locked out. The reason they are locked out is because years ago, the last time the league went ahead and started the season without a CBA, the players decided to strike immediately before the playoffs. The league doesn't want to risk that happening ever again. And as far as I'm concerned, both sides are greedy.

      October 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      When will hockey return? Most of us are hoping it never returns, but for those of you who are hockey fans, I hope it does shortly.

      October 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    acejnes, I stand corrected. I did know it was a lockout, but I was thinking mostly about the small business owners and service workers who will suffer for it. I still think half million a year is plenty money to play, which is the low end of the spectrum. But, you are right to correct us.

    October 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    BOMBO, as usual, you said what I meant. Only much more articulately. I hope youre well? I never seem to catch you when youre on.

    October 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Portland tony

    Who in their right mind gives a damn what two candidates for vice president think or would debate about. Mr. Romney has already stated his opposition to many of Ryan's economic "fixes" and Obama uses Biden as the administration's court-jester. As history has shown, with the exception of Dick Cheney, the president"s wife is more important politically than a vice president. Another friggin' "debate" sponsored in total by your "lets create some meaningless talking points" news media!

    October 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO ©

    Doing well raven, and yourself? It's Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. I'm marinating a turkey and drinking beer.

    October 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
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