The University of Virginia moved to end almost three weeks of turmoil on Tuesday when the board of governors voted unanimously to reinstate Teresa Sullivan as president.
The Obama administration received backing for its healthcare reforms from an unexpected source on Tuesday: the Paris-based economists of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development.
Mitt Romney's campaign managers were forced on the defensive on Monday after the Republican presidential candidate issued a vague and ambiguous response to the supreme court ruling on Arizona's tough anti-immigrant laws.
The Arizona immigration case follows the outlines of the case over the Affordable Care Act: both pit the administration against conservative state governments; both create crucibles for the forging of a new definition of "activist judges"; and in debates over both policies, conservatives have used economic fears to stack the deck in what is really an argument about civil rights. Justice Antonin Scalia reliably withering dissent from Monday's ruling on the SB1070 law begins its conclusion with just such a feint:
Barack Obama won a partial victory on Monday when the supreme court struck down key parts of Arizona's draconian anti-immigration laws, though it left in place the hotly contested part of the legislation that Latinos claim will result in racial profiling.
Drone strikes and targeted assassinations abroad have seen the US violating human rights in a way that "abets our enemies and alienates our friends", according to the former president Jimmy Carter.
Mitt Romney dismissed as a "stop-gap" measure Barack Obama's move last week to stop the deportation of 800,000 undocumented young people and pledged that he would implement a long-term solution to immigration reform.
Congress is heading for a new showdown with the White House after Republicans took the rare step of voting to declare the attorney-general Eric Holder in contempt over a botched smuggling operation aimed at Mexican drug cartels.
The US congressman Peter King has held his fifth congressional hearing on dangers posed by the radicalisation of Muslim Americans.
Thousands of New Yorkers took to the city's streets on Sunday in a silent march to mayor Michael Bloomberg's home to protest against the city's controversial stop and frisk policy.