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Connecticut School Shooting: Country Stars React

While details about Friday morning's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut are still trickling in, it's clear that innocent lives were taken when a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School and began firing. The small town in the state's southwest corner will be in the hearts of every American this weekend, including country music's biggest stars. 

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Barack Obama Re-Elected President of the United States: Country Stars React

Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States on Tuesday (Nov. 6) following a heated battle with Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the key battleground state of Ohio. Within minutes of learning the news, country music's top stars were celebrating, congratulating, complaining or simply making jokes about the 2012 election results. Like much of the nation, Nashville's best are split politically. 

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Election Day 2012: Country Stars Push Fans to Exercise Their Right to Vote

It's Election Day, and country music's biggest stars are joining the push to make sure every eligible voter takes time to get to the polls before they close tonight. The importance of the election is clear to every concerned American.

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Hurricane Sandy 2012: Country Artists Offer Prayers, Warnings and Jokes as Storm Approaches

With the eye of 2012's Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall in the next 24 hours, residents along the east coast are taking measures to stay safe during, and after, what is being described as the "perfect storm." Country music's reach extends into all 50 states, so it's no surprise that many of the top names took to Twitter to encourage those in Hurricane Sandy's path to be extra cautious. A few even added some much-needed humor to the conversation surrounding Frankenstorm.

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Country Stars Support, Mock Candidates During Presidential Debate

The third and final presidential debate was Monday night, and like millions of Americans, many of country music's biggest stars watched and reacted. A few got fired up about claims made by both presidential candidates, while others -- like Brad Paisley -- cracked a few jokes to followers on Twitter.

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Brad Paisley Mixes Up Louis, Lance and Neil Armstrong

NBC, a major news organization, made a serious faux pas when it came to reporting the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong over the weekend. The network said that classic rock musician Neil Young had died, adding that he was the first man on the moon. But they weren't alone. Upon hearing the sad news, many took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Lance Armstrong's bad week, being that he had been stripped of his Tour de France titles... and then died. Hoping to take advantage of people's misconceptions about which Armstrong is which, perennial prankster Brad Paisley played along, pretending he too had them mixed up.

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Blake Shelton Rewrites His Favorite Country Songs

Instead of writing new songs for his next album, Blake Shelton has taken to rewriting hits from other country music stars. Kenny Chesney's 'Come Over' and Tim McGraw's 'Live Like You Were Dying' were his two victims choices in the past 24 hours. 

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Reba McEntire, Phyllis Diller, Billy Ray Cyrus
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Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus Comment on the Death of Phyllis Diller

Legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller died Monday morning (August 20) in her Los Angeles home at the age of 95. Country stars were among the many celebrities who paid respects to her life and career using their social media platforms. Billy Ray Cyrus and Reba McEntire were the first to share their thoughts.

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Fans React to Taylor Swift’s New Single, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’

Fan reaction to Taylor Swift's new single has not been tempered in the 17 hours since she played 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' for viewers during a live web chat. While some are complaining that it's not country enough, the core audience that has made Swift the most popular pop-country artist on the planet are united in a chorus of 'OMGs' and exclamation points. 

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Blake Shelton Stirs Up Controversy With Turtle-Killing Tweet

It seems as though Blake Shelton has ignited another Twitter war! The country music funny man is under fire once again --  this time making an off-color joke about purposely killing a turtle.

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