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Sooner or later, everything makes its way into the presidential race. And so it was that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) weighed in on the sale of the Wall Street Journal to News Corp.
"I am deeply troubled by the incredible amount of consolidation occurring across the American media landscape," Dodd said in a statement.
Is Dodd perhaps trying to pick a fight with conservative magnate Rupert Murdoch?
A campaign spokeswoman said that was not the case. "No, no, no, it's just the merger," Colleen Flanagan said. She said Dodd has seen the Tribune Co. gobble up news outlets in Connecticut and is unsettled by the monopolization of the industry. "He is a believer in the right to free speech," she said.
-- Anne E. Kornblut
'SURGE OF SUPPORT'
Romney to Give $25,000
To Groups Backing Troops
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said that he will donate $25,000 to seven organizations dedicated to supporting troops, and he urged the public to engage in a "surge of support" for those on the battlefield. The gimmick elicited loud applause as Romney toured a high-tech assembly facility in Milford, N.H., and visited Moulton's Market, a few minutes away in Amherst. At both places, Romney milked his donation for all it was worth. "There's a lot of talk about supporting our troops," he told the employees of Cirtronics. "Let's have a surge of support while there's such a surge of sacrifice going on in our country." At each stop, Romney also took the opportunity to slam Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who said Monday that a positive report from Gen. David Petraeus on progress in Iraq "would be a problem for us." Romney demanded clarification from Clyburn.
"Sometimes they say things they ought to withdraw," he told reporters. Romney's Web site now lists links to the seven organizations so people can donate (or to him, of course). Asked whether he believes his rivals in the presidential contest should contribute to the organizations, Romney demurred." No, this is a personal decision," he said. "Different people have different financial circumstances."