- President Obama is to campaign for raising the minimum wage this week.
- Russia has vowed to keep its troops in Ukraine. The Russian foreign minister says "ultra-nationalists" in Ukraine threaten the interests of Russians and Russian speakers.
- Gravity won seven Academy Awards last night, including best director. Best picture went to 12 Years a Slave, Matthew McConaughey won best actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, and Cate Blanchett won best actress for her performance in Blue Jasmine.
- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticized the U.S., saying that the war in his country has been "for the U.S. security and for the Western interests."
- Former Internal Revenue Service Director of Tax-Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this week. Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment in a May 2013 hearing on the IRS' targeting of conservative groups.
- Conservatives are frustrated by the Republican Party's compromises and lack of leadership.
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