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Only in America
May 12, 2013

A California high school suspended 33 students and banned them from the prom for making a video demonstrating "twerking," a dance move that involves popping one's hips suggestively. "It was just expression," said one puzzled parent, "maybe overly expressive I guess." Samantha Rollins

everything are actually the best
11:18 a.m. ET
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As Obama continues to campaign for Congress' support for the Iran nuclear deal, he spoke to Jewish-American publication The Forward's editor-in-chief Jane Eisner about the deal, Israel's safety, and accusations of anti-Semitism.

But then Eisner broke out the tough questions for the president — what's his favorite flavor of bagel?

THE PRESIDENT: I was always a big poppy seed guy.

Q: Poppy seed.

THE PRESIDENT: So the poppy seed bagels at H&H Bagels — which somebody told me they closed —

BEN RHODES: They closed.

Q: It's closed, yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Which is shocking.

RHODES: My school was a block from H&H bagels.

THE PRESIDENT: I mean, I would walk down from —

RHODES: Columbia.

THE PRESIDENT: — Columbia just to get H&H bagels on Saturdays or on the weekends.

Q: And what do you like on a poppy seed?

THE PRESIDENT: Just a schmear.

Q: Just a schmear.

THE PRESIDENT: Lox and capers okay, but generally just your basic schmear. [The Forward]

There you have it. Read the rest of the interview over at The Forward. Jeva Lange

Into the wild
11:18 a.m. ET
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President Obama should be prepared to survive just about anything after his trip to Alaska this week. While Obama is technically visiting The Last Frontier to talk about climate change, he's also going to make a quick detour to the Alaskan wilderness with survivalist Bear Grylls for an upcoming episode of NBC's Running Wild with Bear Grylls, set to air later this year. Obama will become the first-ever president to receive a "crash course in survival techniques" from Grylls, The Wrap notes.

Plenty of celebrities, from Kate Winslet to Channing Tatum, have appeared on the NBC show, in which Grylls takes a star on a wilderness adventure meant to both test and teach them. The specific challenges Obama will face as he ventures into the wild with Grylls remain unknown. Though in a previous episode of Running Wild featuring guest star Michelle Rodriguez, Mediaite notes that Grylls went so far as to drink the celebrity's urine.

Dealing with congressional Republicans might look pretty easy after this. Becca Stanek

trump stumps
11:18 a.m. ET
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Republican grandstander Donald Trump is more than happy to attack his fellow Republicans on Twitter, Instagram, the campaign trail, and live television. But running attack ads? Heavens no!

Speaking to CNN in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump said he'd like to avoid attack ads during the primary election. "I just want to talk about my accomplishments. I'm not looking to attack anybody," he said. "I would rather have positive TV ads. Absolutely."

He also explained that so far, he hasn't felt the need to run any television ads at all, because he gets so much news coverage already: "It is all news, all the time, all Trump, all the time," he said. So the self-proclaimed billionaire is "saving a lot of money" by holding off for now. Bonnie Kristian

The police state
11:00 a.m. ET

An Ohio man named John Felton has uploaded to Facebook a video of his interaction with a Dayton, Ohio, police officer who says he pulled Felton over for making "direct eye contact." Earlier in the recording, the cop says he initiated the traffic stop because Felton did not employ his turn signal a full 100 feet in advance of turning, an infraction he claims to have observed after trailing Felton for two miles.

After the officer takes Felton's license back to his car, Felton, who is black, turns to the camera and explains to his friend that he knew he'd be pulled over after the police officer began following him for no apparent reason. "I'm keeping this sh-t recording," he adds. "He ain't about to Sandra Bland me."

"A Dayton Police Officer pulled John Felton over on Aug. 15 for not signaling within 100 feet of a turn. During the stop the officer additionally acknowledged that Mr. Felton made sustained direct eye contact prior to being stopped," the City of Dayton said in a statement after Felton's video amassed nearly 50,000 views on Facebook. "The traffic infraction was verified by the video; however making direct eye contact with an officer is not a basis for a traffic stop." Bonnie Kristian

Blast from the past?
10:50 a.m. ET
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The latest Iowa survey has left at least one pollster wondering if history might repeat itself. At this point eight years ago, Hillary Clinton led Barack Obama in the Iowa polls by the same margin of seven points that she now leads Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). This uncanny parallel led Iowa Poll pollster J. Ann Selzer to posit, "This feels like 2008 all over again."

By late November 2007, Obama had surged ahead and ended up winning Iowa's Democratic caucuses in early 2008. And we all know what happened after that.

But could Bernie really pull off a similar upset, based on his performance in Iowa? NPR notes that there are definitely some similarities between the two candidates. Just like Obama, Sanders is winning young voters. The Des Moines Register notes that Sanders is also claiming 43 percent of first-time caucus-goers votes while Clinton only captures 31 percent.

Still, as NPR contends, "Sanders is no Obama." NPR points out that "he doesn't have the kind of field operation, for example, at this point needed to go the distance." Furthermore, Obama enjoyed serious institutional support from the Democratic Party, which Sanders does not.

But even if Sanders can't go the distance, he can still definitely make Clinton sweat a little as she feels 'the Bern.' Becca Stanek

The Daily Showdown
10:42 a.m. ET

Confused about why renaming an Alaskan mountain is causing so much controversy? Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper investigated the issue on the show back in July, attempting to sort out why "people who don't live anywhere near the mountain" have been able to prevent the U.S. Board of Geographic names from even considering the proposal to change Mount McKinley's name to Mount Denali.

In the segment, Klepper speaks with Kimberly Kenny, a curator at the William McKinley Library and Museum. "So what does [Mount McKinley] have to do with Ohio?" Klepper asks.

"Well, it's our president, whose name is on a mountain, and he was the best president that came from Ohio," Kenny says.

"One of our greatest presidents?" Klepper asks.

"An above-average president," Kenny replies. Klepper frowns at the not-so-ringing endorsement.

"He's not one of our best presidents," Kenny explains, "but he's certainly not one of the worst."

"That counts for something, not being the worst," Klepper agrees.

Watch the entire exchange unfold below. Jeva Lange

opinions galore
10:21 a.m. ET
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Hell hath no fury like an Ohioan scorned. Buckeye State lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), are furious at President Obama's decision to change the name of Alaska's tallest peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the mountain's native Athabascan name. Though Alaskans have referred to the mountain as Denali for years, and have had a request to change its name in the works since 1975, Ohioans are angry that the 25th president of the United States and native Ohioan will no longer take claim to the storied peak.

"I am deeply disappointed by this decision," Boehner said, adding that the mountain's title had been a "testament to [McKinley's] great legacy."

"This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans, and I will be working with the House Committee on Natural Resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action," Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) said.

"We must retain this national landmark's name in order to honor the legacy of this great American president and patriot," Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) agreed.

"The 25th president gets overlooked too much already. Would hope the president would find another appropriate way to honor McKinley." Karl Rove — not a native Ohioan — told Politico's Playbook. (Rove likely had a personal motivation for complaint, since his book on President McKinley comes out this fall).

Many Alaskans, however, are pleased with the decision. "I'll just point out that there's a lot of things in Ohio that are already named after McKinley," Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told The Los Angeles Times. "This is no affront to our former president; this is all about ensuring that respect for the land and respect for the native people of the region is afforded." Jeva Lange

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