New FCC members Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker each are connected by family or marriage to Washington power brokers, yet each has tried to chart an independent course on the commission, according to blogger Kim Hart. Democrat Clyburn's father is House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., while Republican Baker's father-in-law is James Baker, chief of staff to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

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