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The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, Rep. W. Todd Akin, who home-schooled his children, not surprisingly has the avid backing of the state’s home-schoolers. Mr. Akin is running to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has the endorsement of teachers unions. (The 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.