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“The government is abetting the behavior by not preventing the deduction,” says Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, of big banks being able to write off foreclosure penalties on their taxes. (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.