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TODAY's Takeaway: Trump offers Obama advice on Putin; Pope Francis celebrates 1 year

March 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM ET

Donald Trump has advice for President Obama, Sam Champion quizzes the anchors on fun weather facts and TODAY celebrates the Pope's first year.
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Donald Trump shares advice for President Obama, Sam Champion quizzes the anchors on fun weather facts and Pope Francis marks one year at the Vatican.

1. Donald Trump revealed to Matt that the Miss USA competition will be held in Baton Rouge this year (so long, Vegas!), then switched gears to comment on President Obama’s handling of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

“Putin has eaten Obama’s lunch, therefore our lunch, for a long period of time,” Trump told Matt. “I just hope that Obama, who’s not looking too good, doesn’t do something very foolish and very stupid to show his manhood.”

Video: Donald Trump tells TODAY that President Obama needs to exhibit strength in his dealings with Russia and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, adding that he hopes the commander in chief “doesn’t do something very foolish.”

2. Happy anniversary, Pope Francis! To celebrate the pontiff’s one-year anniversary of leading the Catholic Church, TODAY.com reminisced about his best pop culture moments from this past year. For starters, the selfie.

Video: As Pope Francis marks his first full year on the job, Now This News looks back at the highlights of the last 12 months.

3. Maria Shriver profiled Katrina Gilbert, a single mother of three who’s living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to make ends meet.

“Her story is the story of 42 million women and the 28 million children who depend on them,” Shriver told Matt.

Video: NBC’s special anchor Maria Shriver and Katrina Gilbert join TODAY to discuss Shriver’s new documentary, “Paycheck to Paycheck,” which follows Gilbert working as a nursing assistant while supporting three children.

4. The Weather Channel's Sam Champion stopped by to play “Wild Wacky Weather Wallop” with Al and the rest of the anchors. The result, as you can imagine, was hilarious.

Video: With all the wild and wacky weather, Al Roker and The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion quiz the TODAY anchors on their weather knowledge, including which state has had the third-snowiest winter on record.

5. Christian Slater got a little touchy-feely with Kathie Lee and Hoda this morning. It was fitting, though, since he was promoting "Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1."

Video: Actor Christian Slater plays the father in the controversial movie “Nymphomaniac,” in which his on-screen daughter recalls a sexual experience with a man who saved her. He tells Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb that working with director Lars von Trier was exciting.

6. Would you buy these $1,500 socks?

Video: What does a $1,500 pair of socks feel like? TODAY.com takes a pair of the most exclusive socks in the world, the Cervelt sock from Harrys of London, for a test drive to see if people think they’re worth the price tag.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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