NOW and later: 8/14/13

Updated
Newt Gingrich, former presidential candidate and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference ...
Newt Gingrich, former presidential candidate and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference ...
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An almost daily roundup of stories that did not make it on to the show, for one reason or another.
• Peggy Noonan thinks it would be “graceful and nice” of the President to defend the Missouri State Fair rodeo clown.
• Dave Weigel uncovers the greatest threat yet to our democracy…”Chicago.”
• It turns out most North Carolinians are opposed to reverting to the 19th century.
• In 2013, Newt Gingrich is the voice of reason in the Republican Party. Ponder that for a while.
• Surprise! Obamacare is actually a pretty good deal for the average American.
• The International Olympics Committee wants gay Olympians to stay in the closet.
• The cronut craze hits rock bottom.
• One Beijing man builds a mountain on top of his 26-story apartment building.
• Quiche thieves in five hour police standoff.
• You think your hangover was bad?
And finally, Prince is now on Twitter.
Tomorrow on the show:
Jon Meacham, Author, “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power”/Executive Editor, Random House (@meacham)
Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post/msnbc Contributor (@capehartj)
Sam Stein, Political Editor and White House Correspondent, The Huffington Post/msnbc contributor (@samsteinhp)
Janell Ross, Contributing Editor who covers national, political and economic issues, The Root (@janellross)
Charlie Sennott, Founding Editor, GlobalPost (@CMSennott)[3A]
Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University (@JeffDSachs)
See you then, 12pm EDT. In the meantime, you probably shouldn’t watch this video.

NOW and later: 8/14/13

Updated