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Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy Repeal Day

Happy Repeal Day!

Raise a glass and toast the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment which repealed prohibition in the United States.

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use there in of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

Prohibition began on January 16, 1919 when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified and ended on December 5, 1933.

John King CNN Late Edition August 17, 2008

There could be more changes in store at CNN. Here's the latest speculation from an article that was posted on the New York Times website:

CNN is close to making a change of its own with its Sunday program “Late Edition,” installing John King, its chief national correspondent and longtime White House correspondent, in the host role that has been filled for 10 years by Wolf Blitzer.

CNN executives would not comment on the decision but they did not deny that the Sunday move to Mr. King had been discussed. At the same time, Mr. Blitzer is close to signing an extension of his CNN contract that would continue his role as the network’s chief anchor for breaking news and political coverage, an executive who has been briefed on the plans said.

Because the deal is not final, the people who spoke about CNN’s Sunday plans requested anonymity.

CNN has been considering a change on Sunday for some time, largely because of the extraordinary work load Mr. Blitzer has taken on over the last several years. His Monday through Friday CNN show, “The Situation Room,” fills three hours a day. It has risen to become the leading cable news program during those hours in the 25- to 54-year-old age group, regarded by advertisers as the most important audience for news channels. With the two-hour “Late Edition,” Mr. Blitzer has been on the air 17 hours a week, more than any one else in television news.

And as one CNN executive pointed out, Mr. Blitzer must prepare his Sunday program on Saturdays, so he has effectively been working seven-day weeks since “The Situation Room” was established more than three years ago. Mr. King, whose name also appeared for a time on the list of potential contenders for the “Meet the Press” moderator job, raised his own profile this election season with his work on CNN’s high-tech Electoral College touch-screen wall. The feature became so much a signature of CNN’s election coverage this year that it was satirized first on “Saturday Night Live” and then on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

Mr. King appeared as himself in the latter sketch, in which he used the “magic wall” to control the world, even the baking section of a Williams-Sonoma store, saying at the end, “It’s good to be king.”

Earlier this week, Christiane Amanpour was a guest on the Tonight Show. She discussed her first day at CNN as well as Scream Bloody Murder.

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ACAnderFan said...

Best of luck to John King. I hope ends up anchroing Late Edition. John is one of CNN's best and I think it owuld be great to see him anchoring a program.

ACAnderFan said...

I forgot to mention: I didn't realize Wolf worked so much. John should anchor Late Edition just so Wolf can have more time off. His family probably misses him since he seems to work so much.

Pati Mc said...

Christiane is amazing and I am happy to see that she and her excellent work are getting the attention that they deserve. CNN needs to use her more!

John will be wonderful on Late Edition and I feel certain that Wolf will enjoy some time off. My word, how that man works! Yikes!

Now I wish that Anderson would get out of that blasted studio and do what he does best. If only. =( Sometimes I just don't understand what the "powers that be" at CNN are thinking. Seems lots of change may be coming.