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President Barack Obama's order Monday that banned the federal government from transferring certain military equipment to local law enforcement agencies was intended to improve community relations after police in riot gear exacerbated unrest in places like Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore.

But conservatives aren't buying it. Peter Johnson Jr., who serves as Fox News President Roger Ailes' personal attorney and often functions as the executive's on-air mouthpiece, reacted by going as far as to accuse Obama of waging a "war on police."

"This is a major battle in the war on police waged by the White House, in my view," Johnson said Tuesday morning on "Fox & Friends." "What we're saying now, this is the treaty of Versailles. This is the demilitarization of Japan and Germany after post-World War II. So we're saying the police are in fact warriors. They're not protectors. They’re not guardians, as the President should be, and they alienate our community."

Other network personalities and conservative bloggers this week have seized on the order to accuse the President of fostering crime, leaving police unprotected or paving the way for more federal control of local law enforcement.

Here are five of the wildest theories:

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and President Barack Obama have found themselves at the center of an increasingly heated feud within the Democratic Party over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, with no signs of tensions cooling anytime soon.

A vote is scheduled for Tuesday to "fast track" the deal, which would grant Obama broad authority on trade promotion. If it passes, Congress would hold a simple up-or-down vote on the deal when it's finalized.

Here's what the fight is about:

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In a major immigration policy speech on Tuesday in Nevada, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) not only threw support behind President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration reform, she went a step further to say that anything short of a pathway to full citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally would not be enough.

Here are five key points from Clinton's speech:

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more likely to have a favorable view of Hillary Rodham Clinton than any of her potential Republican rivals in 2016's race for the presidency, even though few see the former secretary of state as honest, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Five things to know about public opinion on Clinton:

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About 19 months after unexpected lane closures on the George Washington Bridge snarled traffic for several days in the town of Fort Lee, New Jersey, a U.S. attorney announced charges against former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for their alleged roles in the so-called "BridgeGate" scandal.

Former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive David Wildstein pleaded guilty to two conspiracy counts and was cooperating with federal prosecutors. Christie's former chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and another of his former Port Authority appointees, Bill Baroni, were each indicted on seven counts of conspiracy and fraud.

Christie has repeatedly denied any involvement in the scandal, and emphasized on Friday that the charges did not directly link him to the closures. Yet the scandal landed hard inside the office of the governor, who has been contemplating a run for President in 2016.

Here's are the most significant things we learned about the scandal on Friday:

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech on criminal justice reform on Wednesday went beyond a vague set of narrow policy changes on the prison system. Her speech also touched on not only the rioting in Baltimore but also the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Tamir Rice in Ohio, and the problematic incarceration rates for African Americans.

Here are the five key points Clinton delivered in her speech:

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Conservative pundits and bloggers searched frantically on Tuesday for any one person (or problem) on which to pin the blame for the chaos and violence this week in Baltimore.

As Fox News host Shepard Smith chided his colleagues Monday afternoon, it's useless to point fingers while the situation on the ground is still unfolding. That didn't stop some from trying to find fault with Baltimore's mayor, President Obama, or the parents of the city's disadvantaged youth.

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Baltimore residents' anger at the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody, bubbled over Monday night into widespread looting and violence.

The turmoil in Baltimore was among the most prominent displays of anti-police sentiment since demonstrators marched through the streets of Ferguson, Missouri last fall after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Police said at least 15 officers were injured and nearly 200 people were arrested.

While the city's residents demanded answers, much of what happened to Gray remained a mystery. Police have given a timeline of the Gray's April 12 arrest while acknowledging that the timeline contains significant gaps.

An internal investigation into the arrest, which left Gray with a severe spinal injury that he succumbed to a week later, is expected to wrap up later this week. Here's everything we know to date.

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