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CNN is a U.S. news channel founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. Upon its launch, CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour news coverage, and the first all-news channel in the United States.
The CNN was launched at 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday June 1, 1980. As of August 2010, CNN is available in over 100 million U.S. households.
Although it is a liberal news media outlet it is also watched by many conservatives and republicans.
Having become the most watched surce of US news it is now watched at CNN International.
CNN is headquarterd at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. CNN is owned by parent company Time Warner, and the U.S. news channel is a division of the Turner Broadcasting System.
A Brief History of the Democratic Party (CNN is often said to have become a Pro-Democrat news station)
The roots of the Democratic Party go all the way back to Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, “antiFederalists” who opposed the strong central government favored by Washington, Adams, and Hamilton, among others. However, the name “Democrat” wasn’t adopted until the 1828 election of Andrew Jackson when the party became identified with a growing populist movement in the young nation. Before that it was known as the Democratic-Republican Party, and before that, the Republican Party! The Democratic Party is generally considered to be the oldest political party in the world. Since Jackson there have been 15 Democratic presidents and 18 Republicans , the latter having emerged as a political party in 1854.
“Jeffersonian Democracy” advocated states’ rights, civil liberties, limited executive authority,
strict interpretation of the Constitution, and minimal regulation of business and commerce, while favoring farmers, common folk, and the working class in general over the educated and elite. (Keep in mind that until about 1850, many states permitted only white male property owners tovote).
The party split in 1860 over the unresolved issue of slavery (Democrats Opposed freeing the slaves), resulting in the election of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln. Bitterness over the Civil War and post-Lincoln Republican Reconstruction caused southern states to go solidly Democratic for the next 100 years, during which time they wielded considerable control over the party.
By the 1900s the party had evolved from its original principles, favoring more government
oversight and regulation of business and economic affairs, starting with the progressive policies of Woodrow Wilson’s administration (1913-1920) and even more so following the crisis of the Great Depression, which ushered in Franklin Roosevelt’s social and public works programs known as the New Deal. The party also moved towards a more liberal interpretation of the Constitution which historians trace, ironically, to Jefferson’s administration (1801-1808),
especially in regard to the Louisiana Purchase, where he exercised considerable executive
prerogative to expand American territory westward.
More of the Political system covered by CNN:
The United States has a federal government, with elected officials at the federal (national), state and local levels. On a national level, the head of state, the President, is elected indirectly by the people, through an Electoral College. In modern times, the electors virtually always vote with the popular vote of their state. All members of the federal legislature, the Congress, are directly elected. There are many elected offices at the state level, each state having at least an elective governor and legislature. There are also elected offices at the local level, in counties and cities. It is estimated that across the whole country, over one million offices are filled in every electoral cycle.
State law regulates most aspects of electoral law, including primaries, the eligibility of voters (beyond the basic constitutional definition), the running of each state’s electoral college, and the running of state and local elections. The United States Constitution defines (to a basic extent) how federal elections are held, in Article One and Article Two and various amendments. The federal government has also been involved in attempts to increase voter turnout, by measures such as the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
The financing of elections has always been controversial, because private sources of finance make up substantial amounts of campaign contributions, especially in federal elections. Voluntary public funding for candidates willing to accept spending limits was introduced in 1974 for presidential primaries and elections. The Federal Elections Commission, created in 1975 by an amendment to the Federal Election Campaign Act has the responsibility to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of U.S. presidential elections.