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House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio (second from left) prepares to speak about the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill on Thursday. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia (right) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California look on. (Associated Press)

House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio (second from left) prepares to speak about the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill on Thursday. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia (right) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California look on. (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.