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First lady Michelle Obama hugs Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada during an appearance in Reno. Though she says she's not a political animal, Democrats are hoping Mrs. Obama's kind words and popularity will help them win elections this fall.

Associated Press First lady Michelle Obama hugs Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada during an appearance in Reno. Though she says she's not a political animal, Democrats are hoping Mrs. Obama's kind words and popularity will help them win elections this fall.

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.