Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
June 24th, 2012
02:56 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:

Supreme Court rulings on two hot-button laws

The high court is expected to rule this week on Arizona's controversial legislation on immigration and possibly on the federal health-care reform law that is the signature legislation of President Barack Obama's term in office.

The Arizona ruling could have widespread implications for other states with similar laws. At issue is whether states have any authority to step in to regulate immigration matters or whether that is the exclusive role of the federal government. In dry legal terms, this constitutional issue is known as pre-emption.

Several other states followed Arizona's lead by passing laws meant to deter illegal immigrants. Similar laws are under challenge in lower courts in Georgia, Alabama, Utah, Indiana and South Carolina. Arizona's appeal is the first to reach the Supreme Court.

The four provisions of the Arizona law that are on hold pending the decision are:

- A requirement that local police officers check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws if "reasonable suspicion" exists that the person is in the United States illegally.

- A provision authorizing police to arrest immigrants without warrant where "probable cause" exists that they committed any public offense making them removable from the country.

- A section making it a state crime for "unauthorized immigrants" to fail to carry registration papers and other government identification.

- A ban forbidding those not authorized for employment in the United States to apply, solicit or perform work. That would include immigrants standing in a parking lot who "gesture or nod" their willingness to be employed.

Law leaves divisive legacy

The justices are also weighing the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health-insurance law Democrats had dreamed of for generations until a compromise version finally signed into law  in 2010.

The  key issues in that case:

– Does the law overstep federal authority, particularly with the "individual mandate" that requires nearly everyone to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty?

– Must the entire act be scrapped if that key provision is unconstitutional?

– Are the lawsuits brought by the states and other petitioners barred under the Anti-Injunction Act and must they wait until the law goes into effect?

– Are states being "coerced" by the federal government to expand their share of Medicaid costs and administration, with the risk of losing that funding if they refuse?

The rulings could come on Monday or Thursday.

London poetry drop

It's dubbed the "Rain of Poems" and organizers vow it will be "one of the most visually stunning displays of aeronautical poetry ever seen."

At sunset on Tuesday, 100,000 poems from more than 300 artists in 203 countries will be dropped on bookmarks over London's Jubilee Gardens as part of the Poetry Parnassus, a festival being in conducted as part of the buildup to the Summer Olympic Games.

The poetry drop was supposed to feature the works of artists of all 204 countries participating in the London Games, but organizers say they've fallen one nation short, according to a report from the BBC.

Despite pleas, organizers say they've had no response from any poets in the French Riviera principality of Monaco, the BBC reports.

"It's not through a lack of effort on our part. We could not have been more open in our invitation," festival curator Simon Armitage is quoted as saying.

Will U.S. House cite Holder for contempt?

The U.S. House could, for the first time in history, vote this week to cite a sitting U.S. attorney general for contempt of Congress.

A House panel that is investigating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' controversial Fast and Furious gun-running sting recommended the vote against Attorney General Eric Holder last week. House Republicans, who control the panel and the chamber, say he has not provided all the documents the panel needs for the probe.

President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over some of the documents on Wednesday, meaning Holder could withhold specified materials. But the House Oversight Committee voted the same day to recommend a contempt citation to the full House, setting up a possible vote on whether to cite Holder for contempt this week.

If the House cites Holder for contempt, he could be prosecuted on a criminal charge of contempt, which carries a penalty of $1,000 and up to one year in prison. But Alan Morrison, associate dean of the George Washington University Law School, says it's more likely that the House would pursue civil prosecution in federal court to gain the information the House seeks.

Fast and Furious investigation started with agent's death

Wimbledon Championships

The 2012 Championships at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club begin Monday with the top three players in men's tennis in position to take or hold the top spot in the rankings, according to SI.com's Courtney Nguyen.

Current No. 1 Novak Djokovic retains the top spot if he makes it to the final; Roger Federer retakes No. 1 if he wins the title and Djokovic doesn't make it to the final; and Rafael Nadal becomes No. 1 by winning Wimbledon and having Djokovic fail to make a semifinal.

Play goes on through July 8.

See how the men's draw breaks down

What to look for on the women's side

Taking stock of Wimbledon competitors - SI.com

Google developers' conference

Google's Input/Output web developers' conference begins three days of sessions Wednesday in San Francisco.

"Learn the tech world's latest web, mobile and social breakthroughs and meet the developers who are turning them into tomorrow's startups," touts the website for the event.

The conference's sessions will be available via a live stream and there will be local viewing events hosted by Google offices around the country.

NBA draft

The National Basketball Association's 32 teams get their pick of the best college and foreign talent in the 2012 draft on Thursday.

There seems to be no doubt the New Orleans Hornets will take Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick, but there's intrigue after that, writes SI.com's Sam Amick.

The Charlotte Bobcats, who had the league's worst record and an NBA all-time low winning percentage last season, hold the No. 2 pick, but may not keep it, Amick writes.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, holders of the Nos. 4, 24, 33 and 34 picks, may be willing to trade some or all of those picks to get Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal, according to Amick.

Other players likely to go high in the draft include Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes, Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Connecticut center Andre Drummond.

See Amick's mock draft.

soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Portland tony

    Don't suppose CNN will cover the Supreme Court's ruling on the "mandate"? or Obamacare ruling?

    June 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      Tony I have a response but i got that pesky "waiting moderation". Grr

      June 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jj

    Yea you would think that CNN would at least give notice to the possible doom of pres obamas "biggest achievement". Not even on CNNS main page do you see a mention of it.

    June 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    @jj, welcome to the club.

    June 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    lmao, freedom of speech, isnt it a wonderful thing?

    June 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      As long as you are saying what the nwo w wants to be said, otherwise it's a no go. I thought cnn only used the naughty words and fragments filter, but more and more of my fully cleaned up comments were being pulled

      June 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      yah can't tell whose callin' the shots here...tyrant-t ted turner or the frozen head of walt disney...either way they'll killyahcomments innah minute all in the name of propaganda...

      June 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Hello everyone. I hope your day is better than mine. My city set an all-time record high temp. today, and a fire is bearing down on Colorado Springs. Garden of the God's is being threatened and the entire eastern side of our city (Manitou Springs) is being evacuated.
    Not since Mt. St. Helen erupted have I seen smoke over Pikes Peak. (14,110 ft. elev)
    Our animal shelters are full, and we are having a hard time finding places for all the people. No structures have been burned so far.
    500 brave and selfless firefighters are on the front lines defending our homeland. Bless each of them dear Lord, bless each one of them.

    June 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      @phillip, I'm in lakewood, and I've spent the past 2 days in side with a wet shirt on in front of fans, trying not to have heat stroke. The fires around the state are insane

      June 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    I am about 50 city blocks east of the blaze. The smoke is so thick, Pikes Peak is now invisible.

    June 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    P.S...Obamacare wasn't all bad. It would take away Big Pharma's exclusive "right" to newly developed medications developed by tax dollars, for example.
    But no, I do not believe that the Federal Government has the legal right or authority to force willfully healthy people to cover medical expenses of willfully unhealthy people.

    June 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      @Philip, i agree that big pharma shouldn't have rights to meds developed with public money. It is sad that people will work like wage jobs usually rather don't have access to health care, or it is so expensive, that you would need a job to pay for it, and another to live off of. And 50 blocks is frightening close. My thoughts go out to all my colorado friends near the blaze. Also it just stated dry thundering outside,i hope it doesn't light even more.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      My auto correct is lagging, and faulty. I ment it is sad that people who work low wage jobs...

      June 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    *Willfully unhealthy... as in had a choice, but made the wrong one over and over again. Risky lifestyle choices, for example. Lifestyles with increased risk for deadly pandemics, like AIDS, and even deadlier epidemics, like obesity.
    A person making healthy lifestyle choices with very little associated risks should NOT be forced to 'eat out of the same bag' as the risk takers.

    June 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Exactly! Why should I have to pay for someone else being "fast and loose" with their choices.
      Why should I have to pay for someone elses choice in drugs, food, s@xually activity, the can go on.
      I am responsible for Mary and can not control some one elses actions. Therefore, I am NOT responsible effects.
      Big Pharma is and has done most if not all research oversees with practically zero oversight of said studies.
      Will I take a any drug after learning that? HECK NO !
      I think most can agree knowledge IS power.
      Peterson Air Force Base ... shame on you ! Letting the tax payers homes go up in smoke !

      June 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Yeah, kinda of like my insurance rates always goes up because of stupid drivers who don't have insurance or hit and run or are underinsured.., when I have a perfect drivingf record. Ain't fair at all that I have to pay for their actions when mine are responsible, I agree!!!

      June 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Philip:
    I am truly sorry for what your beloved Colorado is going through...and you.
    Please stay safe.

    June 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Sorry to hear you are so close to those fires Philip. I just read an article on new ones starting up. And if youre that close i hope youre ready for evac and have a safe place to go. As for the health care plan a decision could come possibly tomorrow.

    June 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. "o"

    Fire in the sky can't you see that my castles are burning

    June 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Ty, banasy & chrissy. I am prepared, and prepared to help those in my neighborhood should we need to evacuate. Always, I am. Plus I'm physically fit. 🙂
    And what about the things I said about Obamacare? Like, the willfully unhealthy being on the same healthplan as the willfully healthy? Do you all agree?

    June 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Thank yous, banasy & chrissy. I'm not looking forward to scrubbing fire smoke stains off of rocks again. (Garden of the Gods, where some people start "campfires" right next to national treasures and make them blackened. They also leave trash, these trashy people)
    And so neither of you take-issue with what I said about willfully unhealthy people? Even "trashy" people? (not that God made any trash)

    June 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Petersen Air Force base officials say they won't be able to spare any C-130 airplanes to help fight this fire until tomorrow. I suppose their busy fighting more important fires like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, etc etc etc.

    June 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    I've tried a dozen times over the past Couple of hours to respond @banasy and chrissy. Not even a smiley face would post.
    COLORADO SPRINGS FIRE UPDATE:
    Our community has been begging the US Air Force to lend US a couple of C-130 aircraft to battle this fire since last night. Petersen AFB officials finally replied... "Maybe tomorrow."

    June 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
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