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“The reason is very simple: You’re going to delay relief. The quicker you do relief, the cheaper,” says Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, on why adding the cost for recovery from Superstorm Sandy to the federal deficit is a necessity. (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.