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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, on Sunday won an early straw poll for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But Mr. Cruz isn't discussing White House aspirations yet. "At this point, 100 percent of my focus is on the U.S. Senate," he said. (Associated Press)

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, on Sunday won an early straw poll for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But Mr. Cruz isn't discussing White House aspirations yet. "At this point, 100 percent of my focus is on the U.S. Senate," he said. (Associated Press)

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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.