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Sens.-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (left) and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, both liberal Democrats, are part of the new Congress that saw the loss of centrist veterans in both parties. “Congress seems to be going in the opposite direction of the country, just as the country is screaming for solutions to gridlock,” says Democratic strategist Phil Singer. (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.