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Posts of the week: Dissecting the SB 1070 decision, more

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The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

And what a week it's been. The U.S. Supreme Court issued two of its most anticipated rulings of the year, Monday on Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law and Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.

On my particular beat, anticipation had been building over the SB 1070 decision since the high court agreed to take Arizona's appeal late last year, inching higher in the last couple of weeks each time the court issued opinions, but not one on Arizona v. United States.

It's no wonder that after it all wound down this week, I came down with a nasty bug. Which will make for a short list of highlights this week, but no matter. I'm including some bonus links to a few pieces on what the court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act means for immigrants.

Without further ado, some highlights from the week.

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When to expect a ruling on SB 1070?

Not today, at least. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to announce its opinion on Arizona's controversial 2010 anti-illegal immigration law before the end of this month, and eyes were on the court this morning as opinions were issued. But we'll have to keep waiting, at least a few days more, possibly longer.

This morning during a liveblog of other high court opinions as they were handed down, the legal experts at the SCOTUSblog predicted that the justices would be waiting until close to the end of the month, issuing the ruling June 27. But, as one noted, "it may not be quite as controversial as expected among the Justices, so Monday the 21st is a possibility."

That's not to say it can't come sooner. The court, which heard oral arguments in April on Arizona's challenge to the federal government's preemption claim, will issue more opinions this coming Thursday on cases heard this year, including on the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

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