During my couple of days' absence, another transatlantic political story has come to dominate proceedings.
Not the row over the representation of the NHS in the United States, but the possible release of the only person ever convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, the UK's worst ever terrorist attack.
I won't seek here to add to discussion of the mechanics of the decision, or its likely outcome. My colleague, Brian Taylor has written comprehensively about the Scottish government's decision making process here.
Yet whatever the rights and wrongs of the case, and whether or not Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi is released, it creates an interesting conundrum in the post devolution world.
The decision on whether to give him his freedom will be made finally by Kenny MacAskill, the SNP Scottish Justice Minister, and member of the Holyrood Parliament.
Not Gordon Brown, not the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, not anyone at the Foreign Office, not anyone in Westminster.
We have heard considerably more from the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on the subject than any of our Westminster politicians - she's made her views plain again today.
That's because despite the massive interest, and its potential impact on foreign policy, in the end this is a legal decision, and as such under devolution it is the Scottish Parliament that has jurisdiction over the law.
Foreign policy is not devolved, and power over matters relating to the UK's relation to the world is retained by the UK government. And of course the decision over Megrahi does have consequences for the UK's relationship with Libya.
There has been a lot of speculation over what role the rapprochement between the two governments has played in all of this. (You might remember Colonel Gaddafi met Tony Blair in a Bedouin tent in 2004, signalling his move from pariah to international partner).
But no matter. This is a decision for the Scottish government in Edinburgh despite the foreign policy implications. And given the hostility between the Labour Party and the Scottish Nationalists, a word in the ear from London would hardly be welcome.
And just in the last hour, the International Development Secretary, Douglas Alexander, has made it clear, this is not a Westminster decision.
To my mind this is a striking consequence of devolution.
It's no surprise that decisions over health, for example, can have immediate consequences for the border regions of the UK, and have led to some levels of resentment in England where some things have to be paid for that are still free in Scotland or Wales.
But this case shows starkly that Holyrood and Cardiff can still have massive influence even over areas of policy that are not technically in their gift.
When Mr MacAskill takes to the podium to pronounce his final decision, expected tomorrow, he will be all too aware of that.