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Dodd has early-stage prostate cancer

From NBC's Mark Murray
First Read has confirmed a report by the Hartford Courant that Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd

(D), who is up for re-election next year, has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.
According to a source close to Dodd, however, "It will have no effect on his re-election plans." The source also says that the prostate cancer was caught early and he will be fine.

Dodd will have surgery in August, the Courant reports.

The Connecticut senator holds a press conference at 2:00 pm ET.