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"What a republic needs is leaders who are willing to look further, even if it costs them," House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said yesterday about taking politically risky stands. (Associated Press)

"What a republic needs is leaders who are willing to look further, even if it costs them," House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said yesterday about taking politically risky stands. (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.