U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has announced that he will step down by Feb. 15, bringing to an end his eight-year tenure. The highly active FTC chief's departure sets the stage for partisan deadlock at the Commission, at least until President Barack Obama can get a nominee confirmed by the Senate. With Leibowitz gone, the five-member FTC will be reduced to two Democrats and two Republicans, potentially limiting its ability to act.

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