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Political Panorama: Monday

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Dixie Chicks Sweep Grammys: On winning, Natalie Maines says “To quote the great ‘Simpsons,” ‘heh-heh.’ A lot of people have turned off their TV sets right now.” In 2003, their anti-Bush remarks created controversy in country music radio and among right-wing pundits, and the group became the subject of the Barbara Kopple doc last year, “Shut Up and Sing!” The Nation calls it “vindication.” Other winners: Jimmy Carter, for the spoken word version of his book “These Endangered Values.” Al Gore presented an award along with Queen Latifah, and the former VP attended Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammy bash. His appearance at the Staples Center for the Grammys may have seemed a bit familiar: The venue is where he accepted the Democratic nomination for President in 2000.

McCain Responds to Post Story: He calls John Solomon’s fund-raising piece the “worst hit job that has ever been done in my entire political career.” Sen. Harry Reid was so upset at one of Solomon’s stories that he’s called in entertainment lawyer Marty Singer.

Penn Backs Objector: Sean Penn last week spoke in support of Lt. Ehren Watada, in the midst of a Ft. Lewis, Wash., trial for refusing to go to Iraq. Penn predicted that he would be found guilty, but said, “He’s willing to make the sacrifice, he’s willing to quote/unquote ‘pay the price.’ But the price we’d be asking him to pay is to punish a good deed…”

Who is Spielberg For? Part Two? Bob Novak elaborates on a previous scoop, explaining that Bill Clinton convinced Steven Spielberg to not give his full-fledged endorsement to Barack Obama and to also raise money for Hillary. But he says Hollywood nevertheless still harbors doubts about Clinton’s electability.

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