Powell nominated for FCC slot

WASHINGTON — The White House has officially nominated Michael Powell for a Republican vacancy at the Federal Communications Commission.

Although the White House has not confirmed the nomination, Senate sources say they have received the nomination papers.

Powell is chief of staff at the Justice Dept.’s Antitrust Division. He is also the son of retired Army Gen. Colin Powell. The Senate is expected to hold hearings on Powell’s nomination in the fall.

The White House is still grappling with the fallout from its decision to nominate FCC general counsel William Kennard to replace outgoing FCC chairman Reed Hundt.

Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) is pushing for his former aide Ralph Everett. The Congressional Black Caucus also supports Everett. During a meeting with Vice President Gore on Thursday, the caucus reiterated its support for Everett.

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