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The president takes a question from Marti Anderson at Jeff and Sandy Clubb's home during an invitation-only event in their Des Moines, Iowa, backyard. A Des Moines man wanted to know why Mr. Obama was pushing for a tax increase on upper-income taxpayers.

The president takes a question from Marti Anderson at Jeff and Sandy Clubb's home during an invitation-only event in their Des Moines, Iowa, backyard. A Des Moines man wanted to know why Mr. Obama was pushing for a tax increase on upper-income taxpayers.

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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.