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"The government and those employed by it will face significant fiscal challenges next year, and now is not the time for a federal spending extravaganza," said fiscal hawk Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. (Associated Press)

"The government and those employed by it will face significant fiscal challenges next year, and now is not the time for a federal spending extravaganza," said fiscal hawk Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. (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.