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Former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Director Kenneth Melson, in a private deposition to congressional investigators, suggested the Obama administration’s Justice Department knew as early as March 2011 that its Operation Fast and Furious gun-running story was wrong and could have corrected the facts months earlier than it did. (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.