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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (left) and state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (right) are among Maryland politicians who have received large campaign contributions from Jeffrey E. Thompson and his extensive network of businesses and business associates. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (left) and state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (right) are among Maryland politicians who have received large campaign contributions from Jeffrey E. Thompson and his extensive network of businesses and business associates. (Barbara L. Salisbury/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.