Story 1 – The Oscars and the inescapable influence of Hollywood

Longest Oscars In Hollywood History? Yawnfest Instead Of Usual Snorefest? Deadline.com (Nikki Finke)

Film is finished – this could be its last Oscars, The Independent (Jonathan Owen)

Story 2 – The Sequester: synthetic hysteria over manufactured crisis

The manufactured crisis of sequester, Washington Post (George F. Will)

Story 3 – How far is Obama willing to go to legalize same-sex marriage?

Obama administration weighs in on defense of marriage law, CNN (Bill Mears)