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Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) vows to try to strip the NFL of its antitrust exemption to level the playing field between teams and broadcasters, but there are doubts that his bill will go anywhere.

Arianna Huffington says that David Geffen has already committed to backing Barack Obama should he run for President.

Jimmy Carter, Bill Maher and Al Franken get Grammy nominations in the spoken word category. Each done audio book versions of their political tomes. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Carter defends his book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” against accusations that it is anti-Israel, but says that major newspapers have all but ignored him.

The ACLU of Southern California honors this year’s five-time Grammy nominees the Dixie Chicks Monday night at its Bill of Rights dinner in Los Angeles. Also being honored: screenwriter Paul Haggis and Atlantic Records’ Kevin Weaver.

Minority groups give ABC the highest marks for hiring actors of color, but say much more work needs to be done.

Britain’s Channel 4 orders up drama about Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Diamond merchants, which launched an aggressive marketing campaign to counter “Blood Diamond,” report that sales actually are up this year. The movie, which opens today, has drawn mixed reviews. Meanwhile, stars Jennifer Connelly and Dijmon Hounsou will appear in new public service ads for the U.N. World Food Program.

Reviews are better for Mel Gibson’s “Apocalpyto,” although Mayan descendants object to the depiction of theur ancestors as savages.

Paramount screens “Dreamgirls” to the Congressional Black Caucus, but even they get anti-piracy sweeped for recording devices.