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An armored vehicle like the ones Homeland Security Department grants have helped buy for various urban communities. This vehicle belongs to Montgomery County, Maryland, which declined to say Tuesday whether it used Homeland funding to help underwrite the cost. Photo courtesy of Sen. Tom Coburn's office.

An armored vehicle like the ones Homeland Security Department grants have helped buy for various urban communities. This vehicle belongs to Montgomery County, Maryland, which declined to say Tuesday whether it used Homeland funding to help underwrite the cost. Photo courtesy of Sen. Tom Coburn's office.

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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.