It was the flagship achievement of his presidency: now amid the disaster of his health care rollout - President Obama is fighting to restore some credibility - as his ratings drop through the floor.
It's "chocolate week", that annual celebration of all things indulgent and sweet. But has chocolate finally overcome its darker history - from child trafficking to crop-ravaged land?
Is it a doughnut? Is it a muffin? No - it's a David vs Goliath trademark dispute as the owner of a small London bakery chain takes on the might of Starbucks UK over a recipe she claims as her own.
Closed for business: 800,000 federal workers are sent home without pay as Republicans and Democrats fail to agree a budget. So what happens next? Crisis - or compromise?
It is crisis governance with the entire American economy at stake. Republicans are threatening to shut down the US government at midnight tonight in a battle over Obama's flagship healthcare law.
The labour market is changing. More women are in work, more are breadwinners, there is a revolution in flexible working from home. But as a new survey shows, it is far from equal yet.
It has a fifth of the world's population but just 9 per cent of the world's farm land. Now China has signed a deal to buy vast areas of arable land in Europe's bread basket - Ukraine.
Think big - act local. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in London with a challenge to cities across Europe: come up with bold new ideas to solve the world's major problems.
Twenty-five hours of free childcare funded by the state. Labour is promising to help working families beat the cost of living crisis - with a higher tax on banks to pay for it.
Changing the world through smart design. Some of the world's top designers have taken up the challenge of trying to create a life-changing invention in 48 hours using new 3D technology.