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An effort to designate the American bison the National Mammal of the United States has drawn bipartisan support, led by a Missouri Democrat and a Nebraska Republican. It currently has the support of four congressmen and 17 senators. (Associated Press)

An effort to designate the American bison the National Mammal of the United States has drawn bipartisan support, led by a Missouri Democrat and a Nebraska Republican. It currently has the support of four congressmen and 17 senators. (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.