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Eliza Alfaro sometimes gets a message at the La Esperanza Bakery.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was chosen as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association Thursday afternoon, state Republican Party officials said.

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may be elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association today during the organization's annual conference.

WASHINGTON — Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation, defying Republican lawmakers who say such a step would poison relations with the new GOP led legislature.

WASHINGTON — The Senate has blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency. The measure was President Barack Obama's signature proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

WASHINGTON — The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

In one clip, a young man wearing a cap and gown tumbles down the stairs at his graduation ceremony. Another shows a guy who face-plants after dunking a basketball.

WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide.

WASHINGTON — With sign-up season launching this weekend, officials sharply dialed down expectations Monday for the second year of President Barack Obama's health insurance law.

If gay marriage were legalized in Tennessee, some estimates say as many as 5,000 same-sex couples would marry within the first three years.

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