CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
VODKA, BORSCHT AND FREEDOM: RUSSIA GRANTS SNOWDEN ASYLUM, HE HAS LEFT MOSCOW AIRPORT, LAWYER SAYS… “We would like to thank the Russian people and all those others who have helped to protect Mr. Snowden. We have won the battle - now the war,” WikiLeaks tweeted after NSA leaker Edward Snowden was granted asylum in Russia. Snowden has legal status in Russia for one year, his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said earlier Thursday.
WILL OBAMA MEET WITH PUTIN IN SEPTEMBER? When Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama met in June, they agreed to a Moscow bilateral meeting in September when the world’s leaders will be in St. Petersburg, Russia for the G20 summit. Will that meeting still happen? “I do not have a scheduling announcement for you today,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday at the White House press briefing. “We are evaluating the utility of the summit.” – Tom Cohen