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No McCain Hearing This Week

Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has put off for this week his hearing on cable rates and packaging, following up on last month's cable study by the U.S. General Accounting Office.

McCain spokeswoman Rebecca Hanks said holding the hearing next week also looked unlikely due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

McCain had to postpone the scheduled Nov. 13 hearing due to partisan strife in the Senate. Cox Communications Inc. CEO James Robbins and ESPN president George Bodenheimer were slated to resume their dispute before McCain's panel over the extent to which rising sports costs were driving retail cable rates higher.