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President Obama and Ron Kirk have renegotiated deals begun under President George W. Bush but have not made an enthusiastic push to pursue any more trade agreements, critics say. (Associated Press)

President Obama and Ron Kirk have renegotiated deals begun under President George W. Bush but have not made an enthusiastic push to pursue any more trade agreements, critics say. (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.