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Is this the same Toby Keith who unleashed the cheese-slathered anthem, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" (complete with fluffy golden retriever puppies and rippling flags in the video version), on the general public in 2002? Mr. "We'll-Put-A-Boot-Up-Your-Ass"?

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The former Air America CEO and music mogul discusses the significance of the Dixie Chicks' Grammy win; Al Gore's prospects for 2008; and the liberals' responsibility to "blow the wind" of change.

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This week, our selection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a preview of Fox's answer to "The Daily Show"; The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines speaking about artistic courage to the ACLU; and Chris Hedges laying a smackdown to Colbert and the Christian right.

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The Dixie Chicks were honored in December by the ACLU for defending liberty and the right to free speech in the face of overwhelming pressure. Lead vocalist Natalie Maines said she's proud to be a card-carrying member and "It hasn't taken courage to stand strong, just a first-grade education."

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The Dixie Chicks, who became country music pariahs after the band's lead singer criticized President Bush in 2003, swept the Grammys on Sunday, winning every award the band was nominated for -- five in all -- plus a standing ovation.

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NBC has told the Dixie Chicks it won't run an ad for their documentary because in it they criticize President Bush. Watch it. The irony: The Dixie Chicks are being silenced in trying to advertise a film about how they were silenced.

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