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(June 7--By the United Press)

By The ASSOCIATED Press

WASHINGTON--The right of works Progress Administrator Harry L. Hopkins or any other government official to express his views on political contests in a state of which he is a native, was strongly defended by President Roosevelt today. Striking out at newspaper and Congressional criticism that Hopkins sought to "play politics with human misery" when he stated his preferences for Rep. Otha D. Wearin, young New Dealer, to Son, Guy M. Gillette in Iowa's Democratic senatorial primary race, the Chief Executive described the agitation as a great deal of smoke.

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