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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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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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Managing a strip club is hard work: beer coolers break down and must be replaced, difficult employees need to be dismissed and bouncers need to be kept in line.

Managing a strip club is even harder when it's technically your side gig and your main source of income comes from working for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Those two income streams just aren't compatible.

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When conspiracy theories about a possible military takeover of Texas were just starting to bubble up on fringe blogs in late March, the acting mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi wrote a letter inviting U.S. Army special forces to conduct the “Jade Helm 15” training exercise during the first week of August.

Any mention of “Jade Helm 15” disappeared from the paperwork by the time the Biloxi City Council approved a resolution in early May allowing the military to train there. But that still didn't stop bloggers from speculating that martial law was creeping its way to Mississippi.

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