Down Goes SB 1070! (Well, Sort Of) – Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court rejected the major provisions of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration bill. SCOTUS ruled in favor of the federal government on 3 out of the 4 major issues, rejecting the parts of the law that: 1) Make it a state crime for illegal immigrants not to possess their federal registration cards; 2) Make it a crime for illegal immigration to work, apply for work or solicit work; 3) Allow state and local police to arrest illegal immigrants without a warrant when probably cause exists that they committed “any public offense that makes the person removable from the United States.” The only issue that the Court did not decide was the provision which requires officers to check the immigration status of individuals subsequent to a lawful arrest. This was left to the state courts to interpret further. Felicia Reid explains more.
SCOTUS Insider – The Court also issued a ruling in the case of American Traditions Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock which extends the controversial Citizens United decision to the states. At issue in the Montana case was whether Citizens United applied only to federal election law, or if it extended to states. Montana’s lawyers asserted that Montana is not bound by Citizens United because the Montana law at issue “imposes far different obligations, and therefore affects corporate speech in a far different manner, than the federal law at issue in Citizens United.” The Court rejected that interpretation outright. PolicyMic's legal expert Mark Kogan gives the recap here.
* The Court's much-anticipated Obamacare ruling is expected on Thursday. We'll be covering it live.
Inside Obama HQ – The poll Chicago is reading: President Obama leads Mitt Romney 66%-25% among Hispanic voters, in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll. The poll also found that Hispanics prioritize immigration, healthcare, and unemployment to equal degrees when asked about the importance of issues.
Trouble Ahead? (via Politico) Lockheed Martin, the country's largest defense contractor is “contemplating a pre-election move that could shake up the political landscape. Right before Election Day, the company is likely to notify the 'vast majority' of its 123,000 workers that they're at risk of being laid off, said Greg Walters, the company's vice president of legislative affairs. Walters' comments are some of the most specific threats yet from an industry that's trying to head off the $500 billion in automatic cuts in defense spending set to begin taking effect Jan. 2. Unless Congress reaches a deal to stave off the cuts, 'we will find it necessary to issue these [layoff] notices probably to the vast majority of our employee base,' Walters told POLITICO. … [T]he timing of the cuts ... provides an opportunity for the defense industry to ratchet up the pressure on President Obama and congressional leaders to tackle the issue before November.”
Top PolicyMic Stories – Gay Pride Parade NYC 2012: 10 Photos Show You Why This Was the LGBT Party of the Year (Courtney Hodrick) – On Sunday, New York City celebrated the Gay Pride Parade, an annual event which combines a rare mix of serious political action with pure rainbow happiness. Here are 10 photo highlights.
Wimbledon 2012: 4 Weird Facts About the Most Famous Tournament in Tennis (Teddy Bommarito) – Wimbledon 2012's storylines are quite obvious, yet the tournament itself is a bit of a prim and proper mystery. Here are 4 quirky facts you might not have known about the tournament.
Mexico Presidential Elections: Pena Nieto and the PRI Look Poised to Win (Jennifer Bernal) – Mexico is bracing itself for presidential elections on July 1. The tides seem to be in favor of Peña Nieto, which marks a return to power for Mexico's former ruling party.
Why Do We Do Yoga? Freud Might Be Able to Answer That (Juan Pablo Laso) – On June 20, 14,000 people did yoga in Times Square. As each year we become more and more technologically in tune, what is the role that yoga plays in our constantly connected lives?
Culture Roundup – Farewell, Swedish House Mafia. The group has announced their current tour will be their last. "Today we want to share with you, that the tour we are about to go on will be our last. We want to thank every single one of you that came with us on this journey." Watch them perform "Save the World" here.
Monday Fun – Meet the ugliest dog in the world (NPR); 14 ways cyclists eat the Tour de France (Bicycling); What gay pride looks like around the world (BuzzFeed); The truth behind Britain's Stonehenge (Wired); Imagine a company with no boss (WSJ); Tribute to the King of Pop: Michael Jackson in photos (Billboard).
What We’re Reading – Everything you need to know about Obamacare in one post (Washington Post); America's shameful human rights record (Jimmy Carter, NY Times); Will Egypt's new president challenge U.S.-Israel Middle East policy? (Informed Comment); The science behind building better Olympic athletes (Wired).
Dessert – On Sunday, Aaron Sorkin's latest TV drama "The Newsroom" premiered on HBO. Read the review here.