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Sen. Mike Lee (right) of Utah confers with fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky during a recent meeting of the Tea Party Debt Commission. The two lawmakers were elected in 2010 with help from the tea party. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Sen. Mike Lee (right) of Utah confers with fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky during a recent meeting of the Tea Party Debt Commission. The two lawmakers were elected in 2010 with help from the tea party. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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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.