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President Obama can use Air Force One and military aircraft for official business, but federal election laws require reimbursement for political travel. His Florida trip combined official and campaign events. (Associated Press)

President Obama can use Air Force One and military aircraft for official business, but federal election laws require reimbursement for political travel. His Florida trip combined official and campaign events. (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.