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. chrissy

    MAYBE TOMORROW??? Wow! Mighty big of them! Maybe you need to somehow reroute the calls so they appear as if theyre comming from Israel or Pakistan? Just sayin. Nice to see that 362 bil plus budget that just got passed is helping american citizens!

    June 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed chrissy, if the isrealie pm was in c. Springs now they( the airforce) would be all over it.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    And why isnt the Govenor of Colorado declareing a state of emergency? And make some calls to your state reps, they may as well EARN some of the money they get paid. Sheesh! This is un-freakin-believable!!

    June 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    lol @ mickeyl3l3, i know right? And yea i agree about min wage workers, which sad to say, is a vast majority of the workforce these days, thanks to free trade and the recession! There isnt much of the middle class left.

    June 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    banasy© out...
    I'm tired.

    I hope all goes well with you, Philip, and that you remain safe and sound.
    Good night.

    June 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. "O"

    @ phillip hope all finds your community safe from danger and homes are saved id hate to be in your peoples shoes just hang in there things will improve

    June 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Delaware Bob

    I'm sure the Arizona SB-1070 will hold up and you wouldn't believe the states that want the law for their states. The states are fed up with the illegal aliens and their anchor babies and all the BILLIONS it costs the states each year. The illegal aliens who don't have our jobs are using this country as a welfare country. obama's aunt and uncle are prime examples of that. We gave amnesty once before and it didn't work. Look what we got now. There is no answer to this problem but to enforce the laws on the books. Get the illegal aliens back to their own country and let them apply to come here LEGALLY. It's easy. Just apply and wait. How easy is that? We have a way to come to this country LEGALLY and it works!

    June 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @Delaware Bob. Jesus lived his life as an alien resident, and recommends his followers do the same rather than joining-in on nationalistic pride. God did not draw those national border lines, his enemies did.
    @Mary. True. The citizens of Colorado Springs has been begging the US Air Force sonce yesterday to spare us a couple of the C-130 airplanes we bought them.(currently, all we have is tiny helicopters and one twin-engined airplane fighting these fires)
    Petersen AFB officials finally answered our pleas for help. "Maybe tomorrow" we were told this afternoon.

    June 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    *have been begging, rather.

    June 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    @@@delaware bob,,,we came to this country several years ago to start a new life seperate from our sister country and how did we obtain this country through bloodshed and outright murder and that's after the fact that the native American Indians taught us how to survive off this land so the real beef lies with the white man and themselves appearantly we have forgotten our history and what we did to obtain this land and then there is the western US who's land was this in the first place the original angelinos gabrielanos in the south west there was the native American Indian in which we ravaged them in war and now people are pisses off that we are losing another war of immigration and they are taking it back with drugs and and force so please do your homework nothing at all can change the past

    June 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    I guess US Ai Force C-130s are all fighting fires overseas to keep US safe. (safe from international terrorists in case they decide to disguise themselves as illegal Mexicans, sneak into Colorado, and start some fires, I guess.

    June 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    @@@rascal babble,,,are you talking to me? Ouie,,,that was supposed to hurt come on you can do better then that and second your homophobic it shows in your ignorance and that's the kind of person you are so the battle is on you can't beat me down unless you think that an electronic device is going to put me in my place good luck this is not reallity real people are you idiot

    June 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    Shut up rabble, he's diseases-free but your mind is diseased with all the hate that's coming from your post! Whatever you are, you are as about as nice as a sidewinder ready to pounce.nasty, ain't ya?

    June 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    I mean COMMMMME ON! How hard would it be for "Taliban terrorists" or "Al-Quida Terrorists" to disguise themselves as illegal Mexicans and walk right in?
    Even if only a few hundred "terrorists" had done this since 9/11, think of what they could do.
    Our city water supplies have no security.
    Look how easy it would for "terrorists" disguised as illegal Mexicans to poison our water or start forrest fires! Poisoning your enemies water is the first trick of war. ALL wars ever fought involved enemies trying to poison ea. others water.NOW, DO YOU FOLKS REALLY THINK "TERRORISTS" don't know about poisoning enemies water? Are they THAT stupid?
    Why is it that not one has even tried this strategy? (it would be well reported if suspected terrorists were doing this here, as well reported as over there.)

    June 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dazzle ©

    @Philip, I am sorry to hear that now Colorado Springs is in the line of fire. I hope you and yours are safe and that they have an evacuation plan in place. If its any consolation I've heard that planes are being sent out of Luke Airforce Base but there has been no confirmation from the media. Keep safe and check in so we know what your status is.

    June 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Try attacking what was posted that you don't agree with rather than attacking the person saying what you don't want said. ty

    June 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
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