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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave a Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday. Mr. Biden has made personal pleas to both the Senate and House Democratic caucuses. (Associated Press)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave a Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday. Mr. Biden has made personal pleas to both the Senate and House Democratic caucuses. (Associated Press)

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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.