August 1st, 2013
11:16 AM ET

Woes Piling up for Weiner

The road to political redemption hasn't been easy for disgraced politician Anthony Weiner.

If it's not Weiner himself, it’s someone in his campaign who is in the papers.

“Anthony Weiner's spokeswoman is the one garnering headlines this time instead of her boss,” reports CNN’s Rosa Flores.

His communications director Barbara Morgan is now apologizing for an obscene rant against a former intern.

Morgan didn't like a column the college student wrote about the Weiner campaign, and had unleashed one profanity after the other in a “talking points memo”.

And just “last week, his campaign manager abruptly quit after new revelations that he sent sexual pictures and texts to women a year after resigning from congress for the same thing,” Flores reports.

Calls for Weiner to drop out continue but he is vowing to stay in the race.

Meanwhile, Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, has been “absent from the campaign trail since her unprecedented news conference asking New York voters to forgive her husband the way she has forgiven him.”

“A Weiner campaign official tells CNN that Huma is taking an extended vacation this month from her work for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

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August 1st, 2013
10:52 AM ET

Ariel Castro Expected to Speak at Sentencing

In a Cleveland courtroom today, Ariel Castro will receive his sentence for holding three women captive for a decade.

Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts last week in a deal that would put him behind bars for life.

“Prosecutors filed a sentencing memorandum Wednesday detailing how he kidnapped Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and the horrific physical, mental and sexual abuse they endured daily,” reports CNN’s Pamela Brown.

According to court documents, he allowed the three women keep a diary during captivity in which they describe the abuse and "dreams of someday escaping and being reunited with family."

“Castro also admitted to ‘having the girls chained by their ankles, with only one meal a day, showering infrequently,’ while he had sexually assaulted them,” Brown says.

Castro is expected to apologize to his victims, and address the court at length at the hearing.

According to sources, so will one of his victims.

“Knight will likely make an impact statement in court, face-to-face with her captor for the first time since their dramatic rescue nearly three months ago,” Brown reports.

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August 1st, 2013
10:44 AM ET

Extreme Couponing for Others

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," Jerry Ascione. He lives in Florida and saves a small fortune with so-called extreme couponing.

So what makes this the "Good Stuff"? It's what Jerry does with his hobby that counts.

Jerry buys hundreds of boxes of products at a time, from dozens of stores, and distributes it all for others.

If you have #GoodStuff news, let us know! Leave a comment, post on Facebook, or tweet to @ChrisCuomo & @NewDay using #NewDay.

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August 1st, 2013
10:21 AM ET

Snowden Gets Papers, Leaves Moscow Airport

CNN has confirmed that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport where he had been holed up for weeks.

Anatoly Kucherena, the Russian lawyer assisting Snowden with his application for temporary asylum, tells CNN that Snowden has received an approval to that application, giving him permission to leave the airport.

“He has received full approval to stay in this country with the full rights of a Russian citizen for up to one year,” reports CNN’s Phil Black.

His lawyer did not disclose where Snowden is headed. “His lawyer says that they are not divulging that detail yet for security reasons.”

This becomes a setback for the Obama administration, which wanted to get Snowden back to the United States.

“If Snowden is allowed to stay up in Russia for up to a year as Phil has reported, this is going to make it very dicey,” reports CNN’s Barbara Starr.

“So many issues on the table if they let Snowden stay.” The U.S. wants Russian cooperation in Syria, a number of matters in dealing with North Korea and China and with security relationships around the world, Starr reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he doesn’t want to see the Russian-U.S. relationship hindered by the Snowden matter but this new development puts that relationship at risk.

“The White House will have to scramble–the State Department, the Pentagon–and figure out where they go from here in their relationship with Moscow.”

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