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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told a gathering of officials from Ohio that the GOP needs to be more welcoming to people who disagree with core GOP tenets. "We're going to have to be a little hands off on some of these issues … and get people into the party," he said. (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.