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Lott vows to block Adelstein nomination

Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) plans to block the nomination of
Jonathan Adelstein, aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), to the
Federal Communications Commission in retaliation for the defeat of the
nomination of U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi to a federal
judgeship, Lott said Friday.

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-9 against Pickering's
nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, citing concerns that
Pickering had supported segregation years ago and that he was ultraconservative
as a state senator.

Blocking the nomination doesn't mean Adelstein won't ultimately be confirmed,
but it will at least further delay proceedings.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.