Iran propping up Syria’s dwindling cash reserves

The Jordanians believe that with al-Assad remaining in power, Jordan must plan and train its forces for any potential option. But the introduction of American special operations forces such as the Green Berets is seen as an indicator that the United States is prepared to help defend Jordan if it came to that

Securing the sites would demand that outside ground forces land in Syria within 18 hours of any collapse to try to regain control, according to an assessment shared with CNN

intelligence officials have long said they believe Syria's chemical and biological weapons remain under the control of al-Assad's forces and there is little need to worry

, Jordan and other allies are worried that opposition forces or groups like al Qaeda could seize some partial control of 20 key chemical and biological sites inside Syria.The

Army Green Berets are training Jordanian special forces in a number of so called "worst-case scenarios" including Syria's chemical and biological weapons falling out of the control of government forces, . sources tell CNN

While troops from 19 countries, including the United States, have converged in Jordan for the Eager Lion military exercise, . and Jordanian elite forces are doing additional training to prepare for potential fallout should Syria's government collapse

As CNN reported earlier this year, Iran has provided further aid as part of what the officials described as "all-in" support for al-Assad, including small arms and assistance in helping the Syrian government use computer monitoring to rout out opposition using social media and other Internet tools

But sources are also telling CNN that al-Assad is getting a cash infusion from Iran, funneled in through banks in Lebanon, and Iran's support combined with Russia's political and economic support could keep al-Assad going for months to come.The assistance is just part of how Iran is helping Syria

And with the war against his own people costing him about $1 billion a month, he should have been out of business by the end of the year, according to officials in the region

He's about down to $6 billion to $9 billion.According to intelligence assessment shared with CNN, al-Assad likely had about $30 billion in cash reserves to spend when unrest and bloodshed began in March 2011

In Jordan, the government is accepting the reality that Bashar al-Assad may remain in power in Syria for months to come, aided by Iran

Syria's president is quickly spending through his cash reserves as sanctions choke off many sources of funding, but the regime is getting help from Iran in bolstering finances, CNN has learned

By Barbara Starr

 Read all her reporting here.Editor's note: CNN's Barbara Starr is covering the Eager Lion military exercise in Jordan


Obama: Romney’s Bain record is fair game

Axelrod: Fund-raising pitch cited Wright threat to combat super PACs

Boehner and Pelosi say they feel good heading into November

Gingrich is millions in the hole

Political jabs are ‘nauseating,’ mayor says

The Obama campaign, meanwhile, said it’s message will remain “Bain, Bain, Bain,” an Obama campaign aide told CNN Monday

“Despite political attacks that emphasize the few companies that have struggled, the facts are that during Bain Capital’s ownership, revenues grew in 80 percent of the more than 350 companies in which we have invested,” the statement read

Bain also responded on Monday, releasing a statement decrying the recent ads and touting the firm’s successes

My campaign is offering a positive agenda to help America get back to work,” he said.”President Obama refuses to accept moral responsibility for his failed policies

Romney has repeatedly beat back efforts to sour his record over Bain. On Monday, he responded to the president’s comments, saying in a statement that Obama was continuing “his attacks on the free enterprise system. Romney has repeatedly beat back efforts to sour his record over Bain

“This is what this campaign is going to be about, is what is a strategy for us to move this country forward in a way where everybody can succeed.”This is not a distraction,” he said

While Romney’s team frequently chalks up the Bain attacks to an attempt by the Obama campaign to distract from other issues, the president insisted Monday the Bain question is here to stay

“My job is to take into account everybody, not just some,” the president said

Careful not to fuel Republican backlash, Obama said maximizing profits is a “healthy part of the free market,” but argued a president’s role is different from that of a CEO

“If your main argument for how to grow the economy is ‘I knew how to make a lot of money for investors,’ then you’re missing what this job is about,” Obama said

Asked about Booker’s comments on Monday, Obama said Romney’s private equity experience should be up for debate, arguing the candidate uses his private sector tenure as his “main calling card” on the campaign trail

Obama supporter and Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker made headlines Sunday morning when he argued Bain should be off limits, though he quickly changed his tune later that afternoon, saying Romney’s private sector experience was fair game, after all.The negative campaigning escalated to a point in which some called for the attacks to stop

Team Obama has aggressively zeroed in on Bain, hammering Romney as a greedy businessman and releasing videos that feature laid-off workers at companies bought by his former company. Their attacks echo previous criticism of Romney’s corporate experience raised by some of his opponents during the Republican primary

Obama’s stinging comments marked the boiling point in a weeklong back-and-forth between the two camps over the actions of Romney’s former equity firm, Bain Capital

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot,” the president said during a press conference at the NATO summit in Chicago.”When you’re president, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, then your job is not simply to maximize profits

– President Barack Obama took Mitt Romney to task on Monday, arguing the likely GOP presidential nominee’s history as a corporate CEO does anything but qualify him for the Oval Office


Task force: PSA tests do more harm than good

The task force made its draft recommendation publicly available in October 2011, and reviewed nearly 3,000 comments before issuing its final recommendation

Related story: Who decides about screenings?

"In the past, when we don’t have a scientific answer, and we’ve guessed, we’ve hurt a lot of people. Otis Brawley, head of the American Cancer Society supports the recommendation of the task force.  “People need to realize that science hasn’t given us the answer," said Brawley

According to the National Cancer Institute, 70% of prostate cancer deaths occur after age 75.  But survival rates also are very high. The American Cancer Society finds that 91% of all men with prostate cancer will live for 15 years beyond diagnosis.According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second deadliest cancer among men, and occurs most often in African-American

Related story: Annual prostate cancer test doesn't save lives, study says

It’s clear that the only way to cure prostate is to detect it early," Amling emphasized.”There is no other screening test for prostate cancer

While the screening detects the presence of prostate cancer, it cannot make the distinction between aggressive, fast moving cancers, and the more common slow growing ones.The PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigens in the blood

However, the American Urological Association is not changing its stance on the PSA test. Chris Amling. "It’s the wrong thing to deny a man if he wants to have this test.  “We at the AUA still recommend the PSA, with its imperfections," said Dr

“Your primary care physician shouldn’t routinely offer the exam," said Moyer. "But if a patient brings it up, that doctor has a responsibility to inform them of the potential harms and risk

Virginia Moyer, who sits on the task force, cited that only one out of every 1,000 men who are screened would actually benefit from the exam. Instead, most will have to deal with side effects from treatment that can range from incontinence and impotence, to stroke and death

The task force says the PSA exam and additional treatments that may follow, like radiation and surgery, result in far more harm than benefit.The United States Preventive Services Task Force issued their final recommendation on the PSA prostate cancer-screening test Monday, recommending against routine PSA exams for men of any age


Is 30-day sentence fair for student who bullied gay roommate?

CapnHowdyxkl: Once again the homosexual haters are out in force, but in the end you have to ask yourselves , what if this were your son? Would you feel this is justice. Same as the Trayvon case, put yourself in the shoes of those people who lost the light of their lives, would you feel the same?

TheTurth: That was his room. The other guy went behind to have some gay fun in their shared room

He should have been locked away and pay for a good part of his life. It would be unfair for him to have a life after what he has done while the other family ended up with a dead kid. He builds his joy on someone else's pain, and he has a fundamental character problem.eyeofsauron: That's it? He went out of his way to spy on what people did behind closed doors

An issue of privacy, or an issue of prejudice? 


Heather Anne: Yes, but that there not here and it not what we're about

kid an example in that country. citizen did this overseas, they would of made the .Anthony Negron: I think you don't know what you are talking about. If an

Don't make it into something it isn't. The judge did a great job.Bryan Jones: He is a kid that did what hundreds of thousands of kids do everyday. something stupid

Childish prank or heinous crime? 

On :

John Kultgen‏ @getitsally I believe in learning from even the worst mistakes. I don't have any "should" belief of what should happen to Dharun Ravi

Ethel Mertz ‏@boyalexboy Best community service is having Dharun Ravi go out and speak at high schools as a warning to bullies to mind their own business

A missed opportunity? 

I'm sorry but this is making a mockery of the justice system #RutgersTrial. Tee ♓ (Bawse) ‏@TheTeester Dharun Ravi only gets 30 days

Kashmir Hill‏ @kashhill Ravi sentence in Clementi case is more a deterrent for future prosecutors than for future privacy invaders

Karl Frisch‏ @KarlFrisch 10 years and deportation was a bit excessive, but 30 days? Really? Ravi gets 30 days in Rutgers spying case:

Faiza S Khan ‏@BhopalHouse If the law means vile Dharun Ravi gets 30 days for bullying his roommate to point of suicide, surely something wrong with the law?

A miscarriage of justice? 

Ravi will also serve three years of probation, complete community service and pay more than $11,000 in restitution for the conviction. But after potentially facing deportation and 10 years of jail time for using a webcam to spy on Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge in the Hudson River, the world is taking to the web with their opinions on the sentence

Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for spying on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide in September 2010


A truce between Obama and Romney on faith

Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sundays at 9am ET. For the latest from State of the Union click here

Either way, both campaigns are now on the record saying the tinder box of their rival's faith is now off the table

"We both ought to take the right position," Axelrod said.  He proceeded to take a few shots at Romney, noting the former Massachusetts said in February that Wright was fair game

And we wish that Gov. Romney would stand up as strongly and as resolutely consistently to refute these kinds of things on his side,” the Obama strategist told Crowley.”We've said that's not fair game

On Sunday, during CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said that his camp repudiates attacks against Romney's faith

After word of the proposed Wright campaign, Democratic pundits argued that if Obama's old pastor was back on the table, Romney's Mormonism should be, too, including the church's checkered history on the issue of race

Romney's lifelong membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is seen by some as a major liability, especially among evangelical voters and voters who don't know much about Mormonism

"I repudiate that effort," Romney told reporters on Thursday. "I think it's the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign. I hope that our campaigns can respectfully be about the future and about issues and about a vision for America

CNN’s Belief Blog: The faith angles behind the biggest stories

, just like in 2008.The controversy began after word got out of a Republican Super PAC's proposal to try to put a spotlight on President Barack Obama's fiery former pastor, the Rev. But Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, slapped the effort down before it even got off the ground (and the Super PAC's leaders insisted the Wright campaign was just one of several ideas)

  An all-out war over such issues nearly erupted last week, but neither campaign would take up arms.Washington – A political truce may be brewing between the Obama and Romney campaigns on the issue of the candidates' faith and religious practice

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor


Death penalty sought for ex-Marine charged in ‘serial thrill-kill spree’

The defendant was a childhood friend with a man who was the son and brother of the victms, he said.DNA evidence links Ocampo to the crime scene, which is a mile from his home, Rackauckas said

The first killings happened on October 25, 2011, when Raquel Estrada, 53, and her 34-year-old son Juan Herrera were left dead on the floor of their Yorba Linda home, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said. Estrada was stabbed more than 30 times and Herrera was stabbed more than 60 times

Ocampo served in the Marines from July 2006 until July 2010 and was deployed to Iraq for six months in 2008, according to Marine service records. He completed his service, with the rank of corporal, with the 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton, south of Orange County

Itzcoatl Ocampo is scheduled to be tried in September on six counts of murder with special circumstances for the stabbings

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a 24-year-old former Marine charged with a "serial thrill-kill spree" that killed four homeless men and a mother and her son, the Orange County, California, district attorney said Monday


Una mujer encuentra su sortija de boda entre 15 toneladas de basura

Kirby agradeció los esfuerzos para encontrar los anillos que consideró son los "tesoros de su familia"

"La mayoría de las veces somos capaces de ayudar, pero no se puede en todos los casos. Esta vez funcionó", mencionó Smith

Después de una hora, uno de ellos encontró la bolsa con todos los anillos intactos

"Pensé que tendría que buscar yo sola dentro de toneladas de basura pero tuve ayuda de ocho hombres del personal", dijo Kirby a CNN

Cuando se percató de lo que había hecho, el camión de basura estaba a punto de descargar los deperdicios en un incinerador, sin embrago, Aaron Smith, gerente de residuos detuvo el camión para buscar las joyas

Deb Kirby se quitó sus anillos de boda para lavarse las manos y accidentalmente arrojó su anillo de compromiso, una sortija que le regaló su padre, y dos más

– Una mujer en Massachusetts, Estados Unidos, cometió un gran error cuando arrojó su anillo de compromiso a la basura


Una mujer encuentra su sortija de boda entre 15 toneladas de basura

Kirby agradeció los esfuerzos para encontrar los anillos que consideró son los "tesoros de su familia"

"La mayoría de las veces somos capaces de ayudar, pero no se puede en todos los casos. Esta vez funcionó", mencionó Smith

Después de una hora, uno de ellos encontró la bolsa con todos los anillos intactos

"Pensé que tendría que buscar yo sola dentro de toneladas de basura pero tuve ayuda de ocho hombres del personal", dijo Kirby a CNN

Cuando se percató de lo que había hecho, el camión de basura estaba a punto de descargar los deperdicios en un incinerador, sin embrago, Aaron Smith, gerente de residuos detuvo el camión para buscar las joyas

Deb Kirby se quitó sus anillos de boda para lavarse las manos y accidentalmente arrojó su anillo de compromiso, una sortija que le regaló su padre, y dos más

– Una mujer en Massachusetts, Estados Unidos, cometió un gran error cuando arrojó su anillo de compromiso a la basura


7 tips para navegar seguros en internet

No pongas tus datos personales como nombre completo, fecha de nacimiento, apellido materno, ni tu número de Seguridad Social en las redes sociales. Protege tu teléfono celular con una contraseña.No hagas clic ni descargues programas a la ligera

En la lucha entre el hombre y las máquinas maliciosas, no subestimes el poder del sentido común. Usa tus instintos y podrás mantenerte mucho más seguro en línea

Usa tu cerebro

DuckDuckGo no almacena direcciones IP o historiales de búsqueda, lo que significa que no serás el blanco de anuncios de cereal cuando busques “el significado de la vida”.También puedes cambiar tu buscador

Aunque pongas tu navegador en modo Privado, elimines tu historial de navegación y las cookies de forma automática, las páginas que visites aún sabrán quién eres. Algunas extensiones como Do Not Track Plus y Ghostery te proporcionan mayor protección, además de información de compañías que intenten localizarte

Algunos navegadores ofrecen opciones libres de rastreo, pero no necesariamente te proporcionan una capa de invisibilidad, al menos no por el momento. Pero hay algunas otras maneras de navegar de forma más privada

Ha habido muchas discusiones sobre cómo estandarizar la manera en la que los internautas pueden elegir no dejar huellas. La Casa Blanca y la Comisión Federal de Comercio de Estados Unidos (FTC, por sus siglas en inglés) están buscando una manera fácil de lograrlo

Cubre tus huellas

El sitio analiza tus riesgos de privacidad en sitios web basándose en la forma en que te localizan y manejan tu información. Sólo escribe una dirección URL para una revisión

Ve de qué manera se están utilizando tus datos mientras navegas.El conocimiento es poder

Evalúa tus riesgos

No respondas a ningún mensaje que te solicite información personal a través de links; podría ser un ataque phishing. En una página del navegador distinta, escribe la dirección del sitio si deseas revisar tu cuenta. También puedes llamar por teléfono a la empresa que aparentemente te mandó el correo

Los correos peligrosos pueden verse algunas veces como correos legítimos. Pueden enmascararse como mensajes de sitios con los que generalmente haces negocios, como, por ejemplo, tu banco

Para combatir el diluvio de mensajes spam, Consumer Reports recomienda instalar Spamfighter, un programa gratuito

¿Hay spam en tu bandeja de entrada de correo? No toques nada de eso. Reporta cualquier correo basura que recibas siempre que lo permita tu servidor de correo, pero no abras ningún link y no los respondas. Responder con una petición de 'Cancelar suscripción' puede confirmar al remitente que tu cuenta de correo es legítima

Ten cuidado en dónde haces clic

Además, en lugares públicos, los ladrones de identidades pueden estar observando por encima de tu hombro mucho más fácilmente que a través de tu computadora. Estos sitios son aquellos que empiezan con “https” y muestran un candado a la izquierda. Mejora tu seguridad y conéctate sólo a sitios seguros

Si vas a utilizarlo, no abras tu correo electrónico del trabajo ni tu estado de cuenta en línea.El acceso a Wi-Fi gratuito puede ser mucho más riesgoso

El acceso al Wi-Fi público es conveniente, pero no es necesariamente el más seguro

Se cauteloso con el acceso a través de Wi-Fi

Si has sufrido una violación de seguridad, cambia de contraseña de INMEDIATO. En el sitio puedes comprobar si tu cuenta de correo electrónico ha sido violada

Sólo asegúrate de que no es fácil de adivinar. Quizá desees utilizar claves de acceso distintas, como por ejemplo, para tu página de acceso bancario. Cambia tu password tan frecuentemente como te sea posible: Microsoft recomienda hacerlo cada tres meses

¡No dejes la puerta virtual abierta para los criminales cibernéticos! Si tu constraseña aparece en esta lista, es hora de que la cambies. Hazla más larga, mezcla algunos símbolos y otras rarezas, hazla aleatoria, haz lo que tengas que hacer

¿Acaso tu clave de acceso principal es "contraseña"? Mal

Usa la creatividad para crear tus contraseñas

Para la mejor defensa, Consumer Reports recomienda construir un ejército de ciberprotección de herramientas gratuitas en lugar de contar con sólo una

Los mejores que seleccionaron fueron Avira Free Antivirus y AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012. Ambos programas compiten en efectividad con otros de mayor calidad y que son de paga

Ten un "software" de seguridad activado

Consumer Reports probó 18 paquetes de seguridad y programas antimalware y encontró que los programas gratuitos funcionaban muy bien para la mayoría de las personas.Los programas de seguridad básica pueden ayudarte mucho para proteger tu computadora de virus, malware y spyware. Y afortunadamente para aquellos ahorradores, la mejor seguridad no tiene por qué costar más

(HLN) – ¿Sigues pensando que la seguridad en internet implica solamente no abrir emails de desconocidos y no instalar programas con extensión (terminación) .exe? Pues necesitas algunas cosas más


Exclusive interview Afghan President Hamid Karzai

  Follow our reporting and other key NATO tweets with our NATO summit Twitter list.Editor's note: Read all of Security Clearance's coverage of the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago

Blitzer is anchoring "The Situation Room" live from Chicago today from 4-6pm ET on CNN

Karzai met with President Obama on Sunday and both agreed that the end of the war is close. Karzai reiterated his commitment to the withdrawal timetable, "so that Afghanistan is no longer a burden on the shoulder of our friends in the international community, on the shoulders of the United States and our other allies

On Monday, NATO countries are expected to sign off on President Obama's exit strategy from Afghanistan that calls for an end to combat operations next year and the withdrawal of troops by the end of 2014

This will air Monday during the 5pm ET hour on CNN.CNN's Wolf Blitzer sits down with Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an exclusive interview at the NATO summit in Chicago