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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat, speaks Tuesday during the final legislative meeting of the year, a marathon session that still ended without sweeping campaign finance reforms. “I don’t believe the council recognizes there’s a crisis in ethics,” Mr. Wells said. “But I think the voters do.” (Andrew Harnik/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.