Growing Tensions Between the U.S. and Russia Over Ukraine - Kerry in Kiev

Russian President Vladimir Putin not doing much to calm tensions with Ukraine this morning. The Russian leader saying Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine. He also seemed to threaten to pull the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Kiev to show support for the fledgling new Ukrainian government as Russian troops remain entrenched in Crimea. Kerry should be arriving in Ukraine shortly and will hold a news conference during our show. We'll take it live if we have a live camera.

0830EST - Kerry Meeting with Ukrainian PM and Acting President, at Rada. POOL TAPE SPRAY

0925EST - Kerry Meeting with Key Rada Leaders, at Rada. POOL TAPE SPRAY

1115EST - Kerry Solo Press Avail, at CMR.

1150EST - Kery Embassy Meet and Greet, at CMR.

President Obama is expected to speak during our show today on his new budget (being presented to Congress this AM), but he's likely also to mention the growing tensions with Russia. He's visiting an elementary school ahead of the remarks. We'll be listening.

The President will unveil a $4 trillion budget for 2015 that drops plans to cut future social security benefits. It also asks Congress for more money for infrastructure, education and job training.

We get two reads on the economy today after international markets recovered somewhat from the Ukraine shock overnight. Yesterday the Dow closed down by more than 150 points .. Today we get reads on consumer confidence and housing.

North Korea has fired seven suspected artillery shells into the ocean in what's seen as a response to recent U.S./S Korea war games. It's being called an act of provocation.

It's primary day in Texas. Casey Stegall reports.

John Roberts will break news on the very popular protein diets. Could they be as bad as smoking? Find out at Noon.

Dramatic moments in the murder trial of double amputee Oscar Pistorius. Day 2 of the trial interrupted by prosecutors allegations that an image of the witness testifying was being shown against court orders on privacy. Yesterday we heard about a neighbors memory of the night Reeva Steenkamp was murdered.

A deep freeze has settled over much of the nation today..

It's not freezing in New Orleans, but it is colder than normal for Fat Tuesday celebrations and the beginning of Mardi Gras.

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