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"I think that the president fundamentally misunderstands the constitutional powers," Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday." "The checks and balances come from independent branches of government." (Associated Press)

"I think that the president fundamentally misunderstands the constitutional powers," Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday." "The checks and balances come from independent branches of government." (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.