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Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Charles Grassley of Iowa celebrated their first “Meat Monday” this week with 52 orders from Hill Country Barbecue in the District. The savory indulgence came in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture encouraging its employees to boycott meat on Mondays. (Courtesy Sen. John Cornyn)

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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.