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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has been adamantly pushing against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), on Tuesday called on Hillary Clinton to take a "clearer" stance on the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with 11 Pacific countries.

Warren told Bloomberg News that she would like to know more about Clinton's views on a provision in the trade deal that Warren says could undermine U.S. financial regulations.

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After fielding a few questions from reporters about gay rights on Tuesday, presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) went off on "the left" and began discussing the Islamic State's treatment of gay people.

"Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?" Cruz asked reporters at an event in Beaumont, Texas, according to the Texas Tribune.

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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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The size of the likely 2016 GOP presidential field has become the dominant story in the Invisible Primary so far. Comparisons to “clown cars” have become inevitable, even among people who don’t think of Republican presidential candidates as “clowns.” Party professionals are expressing serious concerns about fitting them—or even a portion of them—on a debate stage. And talk of that pundit’s hot fudge sundae, the Brokered Convention, has begun earlier than I can ever remember.

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