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TODAY's Takeaway: Matt visits Moore a year after tornado; Clay Aiken runs for office

May 20, 2014 at 5:58 PM ET

Charlize Theron makes us laugh, Matt visits Moore, Oklahoma, and Clay Aiken talks politics.
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Charlize Theron makes us laugh, Matt visits Moore, Okla., and Clay Aiken talks politics.

1. Matt traveled to Moore, Okla., a year after a powerful tornado left 17 miles of destruction in its wake and talked to residents of the town — people who have shown inspiring resilience.  

“People ask you, ‘Are these families OK?’’’ Moore mayor Glenn Lewis told him. “And we have to say, ‘Yes, they’re getting better, but they’re not OK.’”

Video: Matt Lauer travels to Moore, Okla., where a powerful tornado left 17 miles of destruction in its wake, to see how the city is recovering.

2. Former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken told Savannah that his celebrity status has been both a blessing and a curse to his congressional campaign

“It’s a blessing in the fact that it gets me in a room," he said. "But I have to overcome the fact that people see me in one way and not the other.”

Video: The former “American Idol” contestant joins TODAY to speak out for the first time about his Democratic primary win in North Carolina, and the tragic death of his opponent, Keith Crisco.

3. Charlize Theron takes an unusual comedic turn in Seth MacFarlane's new film, "A Million Ways to Die in the West," but said the shift isn't so out of character for her.

"I'm not a very overly dramatic person; I'm a bit of a dork," she chuckled. "Everybody who knows me always says, 'Why don't you do comedy? You fall really well!'"

Video: The actress joins TODAY to chat about taking an unusual comedic turn in the Seth MacFarlane-directed film.

4. Kristen Hopkins described the six harrowing days she spent upside down in the wreckage of a car crash. Though both her feet were amputated, she still remains grateful. 

"My kids will have a mom, you know?'' she told TODAY. "They'll be able to grow up with a mom here all the time."

Video: Kristin Hopkins describes the six harrowing days she spent upside down in the wreckage of a Colorado car crash, and how she was finally rescued. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway! 

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