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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013, file photo Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., third from right, participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, for the 113th Congress on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Washington. Persuading first-term Republicans in the House is President Barack Obama’s toughest sell on military strikes against Syria. Many of the three dozen freshmen come from solidly GOP districts where voters have a deep distrust of the president on health care and immigration. "I haven't heard a word about how the targeted, limited strikes protect America's national security," Walorski said in an interview. "How does this fit into a long-term plan for the Middle East? What is the endgame?" (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)