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Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate seen here in April at a union rally, has not distanced himself from President Obama, who is still more popular in Illinois than anywhere else. (AP Photo)

Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate seen here in April at a union rally, has not distanced himself from President Obama, who is still more popular in Illinois than anywhere else. (AP Photo)

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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.