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Adelstein in limbo

Federal Communications Commission nominee Jonathan Adelstein's chances of
winning confirmation this year have dimmed considerably following the Senate's
adjournment for election campaigning last week.

Congress plans to return for a lame-duck session Nov. 12, but lawmakers aim
to keep the session short and are expected to clear little time for anything
beyond Iraq and brokering a government-funding deal to keep the lights on.

As a result, Adelstein stands little chance of taking his seat before February. Some optimists held out hope for a package of nominations, which
presumably would include Adelstein, but that would require Majority Leader Tom
Daschle (D-S.D.) and GOP counterpart Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to divert attention from higher

As retaliation for Democratic defeats of White House judicial nominations,
Lott has blocked confirmation of Adelstein, a Daschle aide.