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“The first step on the long path to recovery happens when we rein in the excessive speculative activity that has destabilized our financial system,” says Rep. Peter A. Defazio, Oregon Democrat, of the transaction tax. (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.