FCC commissioner Michael Copps said the state of television news in America is in an �hour of grave peril,� telling the Betty Kay of the BBC�s World News America that TV is not �producing the body of news and information that democracy needs to conduct its civic dialogue.� In fact, warns, Copps, because of this lack the current state of public discussion could be putting the nation�s �democracy� in serious jeopardy.

CongressOn Wednesday night, the United States House of Representatives approved a $1.1 trillion continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government through September 30, 2011. A Continuing Resolution was Congress’ last resort as it failed to pass any of the 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2011, as well as a budget resolution.

Andy RamirezIn the video report available below, Liberty News Network national correspondent and border-issues expert Andy Ramirez offers in-depth analysis and insight regarding a recent conference held in El Paso dealing with U.S. border security and related matters. The event, known as the Sovereign Challenge Conference, included some of the top brass in the border-enforcement arena.

The Illinois legislature has passed a bill legalizing civil unions in the state, including homosexual partnerships. When Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signs the bill, which he indicated he would do early next year, the law will make Illinois one of the few states granting rights to same-sex partners, and will push the state closer to legalizing homosexual �marriage.� Quinn called the measure a �landmark law� that will become �the law of the land of Lincoln in the coming year.� The statute is set to go into effect in June 2011.

It appears as though Minnesota’s new governor will be Democrat Mark Dayton, and it only took a little bit more than a month to come to that conclusion. On Wednesday, Republican Tom Emmer finally conceded the Minnesota governor’s race to the Democrat, who held a 9,000 vote election night lead.