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Before he announces that he's jumping into the 2016 presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) wants to finish work on his latest state budget and in the process pack it with conservative goodies he can tout on the campaign trail. For Walker, this is key to his 2016 game plan.

"The budget is important, because Walker has been delaying an announcement before he officially announces as President. It gives him a list of popular red-meat items to check off in the primaries," University of Wisconsin Public Policy Professor Donald Moynihan told TPM.

Here is a list of five of the big items Walker is hoping to sign into law that will appeal to conservative primary voters:

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As he gears up his putative 2016 presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has found himself increasingly mired in a mess back in Wisconsin.

It's not the kind of scandal that sends tabloids into a lather, but it has Democrats pouncing and good government types scolding, and even some state Republicans have piled on Walker.

The mess involves an entity called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), a state agency Walker himself established when first elected to fulfill his promise of creating a wave of new jobs. The problems at WEDC have multiplied since. Recently, Walker was forced to give up on a proposal meant to shore up some of the problems at the agency in the face of calls for a federal investigation from Democrats, criticism from a few Republicans, and an audit by the state's nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau.

Here's your quick and dirty guide to sorting through the Walker mess:

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U.S. authorities announced Wednesday in a bad-sports-metaphor-laden news conference that they had charged 14 FIFA officials and sports marketing executives in what one official called the "World Cup of fraud."

That international soccer's governing body is corrupt was news to no one. But the indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn spelled out in extensive detail exactly how FIFA officials allegedly solicited illegal bribes over the last 24 years. Here's the information you need to make sense of the latest developments.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday opted to hear arguments in a case that could redefine "one person, one vote" -- one of the bedrock principles of modern voting rights law. The case could change how electoral districts are drawn across the country, revamping who comprises electoral districts and reshaping the idea of who is ultimately "represented" by elected officials.

The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, originated in Texas and is being spearheaded by a conservative legal group. Legal experts tell TPM that the impact of the case could be far-reaching, especially for Latinos and residents of urban districts.

Here's what you need to know:

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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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