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

    Canadian Thanksgiving? Really?? Do tell! Or are you pulling my leg? And when I drove through Canada the first time, I had a run in with a half-rack of Kokanee. It won. Was sick for two days! Good times.

    October 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Entry level players make about 500 K per season. At the high end, it's about 10 million. Average is almost 2 million. Most owners generate about 80-100 million per year in revenue but are lucky to break even. The players' collective share of total revenue maxes out at 57% under the previous CBA. The owners want to reduce that to just under 50%, which would bring it into line with MLB, NFL and NBA. But whatever compromise they finally reach, 8 know that ticket prices won't drop.

    October 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Not true, the revenue that you're speaking of is only "Hockey Related Revenue". The owners recent offers being the players down to 46 percent of that very same revenue. Now also, consider that the owners of almost every team have a separate source of income other than that of Hockey. Owners like Terry Pegula have hundreds of millions of dollars in their own right. Of course, if Bettman has his way (which he most likely will because 8 out of the 30 teams effectively control the league thanks to a rule change 8 years ago) the players will always lose when a new CBA is up for negotiations. Instant Lockout as a bargaining chip makes the owners more powerful in the situation.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      It would be really nice if it never returned Or if it does high sticking ought to be brought back in and no pads just a thin clove . Take away the lines and full contact from the time they are on the ice including warm ups

      October 8, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol however i do agree Biden IS more like the court jester! 😉

    October 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Thanks, BOMBO. I can't seem to organize my thoughts and string them together as succinctly as you, but you always say what I would LIKE to.Now, this Canadian Thanksgiving? Is it akin to ours here in America?

    October 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Sorry I was in the middle of cooking something just now. We stole the name from the Americans, so it's basically a fall and harvest celebration here. No pilgrim stories or anything. Just turkey and ham and other festive foods.

      October 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lolp

    hockey has become stupid blood sport .. barbaric

    October 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • hockey

      lolp, I am guessing 1972 was the last time you saw a hockey game? Don't speak to thing you know nothing about. (I am glad you took time from watching "Honey Boo Boo" to post though)

      October 8, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Kokanee used to be great beer when they were a small independent brewery. Then they got bought out by a larger corporation and haven't been as good since.

    October 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I feel for the people who have little to do with the sport but depend on the stadiums for their livelihood...concessions, security, janitorial, etc...at the United Center the Bulls and the Blackhawks both play there...I'm sure they're thinking, "AGAIN?? First basketball and now hockey...cut us a break wouldja?"

    October 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    That sounds like a GREAT holiday; eating and drinking and hanging out with fami....oh wait...well, the eating and drinking part...and now that they've solved the syrup caper(or at least recovered it) you can have syrup on EVERYTHING!! Wee haw! Syrup on your steak, syrup on your chili, syrup on your syrup...

    October 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RufusVonDufus

    Allah forbid that it is Biteme again!

    October 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. David M

    With any luck at all, there will be no hockey this season. Besides, when I was a kid, hockey is something we did in the bathroom, not on the ice.

    October 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That was more than I needed to know, thanks! Lol

      October 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. eroteme

    When will hockey return? Don't care if it does or does not.

    October 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Umh hm. Nkay.

    October 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LouAZ

    There hasn't been any Ice Hockey since we beat the Ruskies at the Olympics. All this "Professional Hockey" crap is Prize Fighting on skates. Only sport in the world that stops to let two or more "players" fight while everyone just waits. I wouldn't walk across the street to watch a "Pro Hockey" Boxing Match.

    October 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    Hopefully Hockey, and the rest of pro sports, will die a slow death of greed.

    October 8, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. David M

    I went to a fight once and a hockey game broke out. Fortunately, it didn't last long and they got back to fighting. I hope hockey never returns.

    October 8, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
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