1. NFL Referees return

After 3 LONG weeks of blown calls, delayed games and much uncertainty, The NFL and the NFL Referees Association came together Tuesday to discuss and finalize a new deal that will last for 8 years.  It seems that both sides agreed that enough was enough with the replacement refs after Monday Night’s horrendous call that decided the Packers-Seahawks game.  The real referees returned to officiate Thursday Night’s game and will remain on the field for the foreseeable future.

2. Team USA matches biggest collapse in Ryder Cup history to give Team Europe the title.

One of the strangest and most exciting Ryder Cup in recent years came to a nail-biting conclusion Sunday after Team Europe’s Martin Kaymer sank a 6 foot-putt to halve the 18th hole with Team USA’s Steve Stricker and win the match for Europe.  At one point on Saturday afternoon, Team USA held a 10-4 lead with 2 matches still to play.  It seemed like Team USA had the Cup in the bag before the meltdown occurred.  Team Europe won the final 2 matches on Sunday and took 8.5 of the possible 12 points on Sunday to win the cup 14.5-13.5.  The 4 point lead that Team Europe overcame on Sunday matched the largest deficit overcame on the final day in Ryder Cup history.

3. Hilary Clinton Suggests September 11th attack on US Ambassador is linked to Al Queda

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested there was a link between the Al-Qaeda franchise in North Africa and the September 11th attack at the American diplomatic mission in Libya, that killed the American ambassador and three others. So far, this attack has become such a big point of clashing between the Obama and Romney campaigns.  Republicans have accused President Obama of playing down possible terrorist involvement in the midst of a re-election campaign.  Clinton is the highest-ranking Obama administration official to publicly make the connection.
4. Supreme Court returns to bench for new term, crucial decisions await

The Supreme Court returns to the bench this week to confront not only a docket studded with momentous issues but also a new dynamic among the justices.  The coming term will probably include major decisions on many key issues affecting the public including affirmative action in higher education admissions, same-sex marriage and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.hose rulings could easily rival the last term’s as the most consequential in recent memory. Kannon K Shanmugam, a lawyer with Williams & Connolly stated “This term will be remembered for several [cases]”.

The other big question surrounding the Supreme Court this session is where exactly Chief Justice John Roberts leans in his decisions.  Long considered a faithful member of the conservative wing of the Court, Roberts shocked many of his supports by supplying the 5th and ultimately decisive vote to uphold President Obama’s healthcare reform.  He was the only conservative to vote this way.  Whether or not Justice Roberts returns to his conservative voting patterns or is truly ideologically more center will provide much intrigue to the cases heard in this session.