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Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, tells reporters that without the public option, the health care bill may have been too weakened to get his support but that he is working with Democratic leaders on a compromise.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, tells reporters that without the public option, the health care bill may have been too weakened to get his support but that he is working with Democratic leaders on a compromise.

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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.