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TODAY's Takeaway: Bloomberg won't run for president; Jill Biden talks love

April 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM ET

1. Michael Bloomberg announced plans to bankroll a $50 million network to help curb gun violence and counter efforts by the NRA. Also, he’s not running for president.

“No is the answer. Plain and simple,” he told Savannah. “I’m going to spend the rest of my life trying to make a better world for myself, for my kids, for my grandchildren.”

Video: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, join TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie exclusively to discuss their new initiative, which seeks to gain support for stricter gun control.

2. Dr. Jill Biden visited the Orange Room to mark the third anniversary of Joining Forces. She also fielded TODAY viewers’ questions, like what made her first fall for the vice president.

"I loved his two sons Bo and Hunter," Dr. Biden told Tamron. "I always say that I fell in love with the boys first."

Video: Dr. Jill Biden answers a few viewer questions – as well as one from Tamron Hall – while in the Orange Room.

3. The parents of 9-month-old twins who were born conjoined and separated at just 1 month old told Savannah they’re thrilled that their babies are finally coming home from the hospital.

“I’m so excited I’m shaking,” Jenni Ezell said. “It’s been such a long journey and we have finally arrived.”

Video: The parents of nine-month-old twins born conjoined from their chest to their stomach, and their surgeon, sit down with TODAY to talk about the babies coming home from the hospital, and the challenging road ahead. NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports.

4. Can you believe it’s been 30 years since Cyndi Lauper released “Time After Time”? The singer stopped by to celebrate the anniversary, and told Carson and Savannah the song creation process for her is like a “cooking special.”

"That's how I do music," she explained. "I take a little of that, and a little of this and mix it."

Video: The singer performs her hit tune, “Time After Time,” and reflects on the 30 years since her debut album was released.

5. Christopher Meloni has taken to promoting his assets on social media, declaring his backside the "#BestButtInPrimetime” — but he insists he didn’t start it.

"Rachel Harris, my co-star on 'Surviving Jack,' she started it," the actor said in TODAY’s Take. "She lit the flame. ... I felt consumed by it. I was caught in the force fire of my butt."

Video: Actors Christopher Meloni and Dean Morris join TODAY to talk about their new film, “Small Time,” playing best friends who own a used car lot together. Meloni talks about the attention paid to his derriere.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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