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Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot says he will not run for governor in 2014. He is often at odds with fellow Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley, who also has a seat on the state’s Board of Public Works. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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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.