French Doors

Most recently, the president has insisted the structure be painted black and topped with spikes, while grumbling to aides that the Army Corps contracting process is holding back his ambitions. At the White House meeting Thursday, he said he doesn’t like the current design for the wall’s gates, suggesting that instead of the hydraulic sliding gate design, the Army Corps should consider an alternative, according to an administration official: “Why not French doors?” the president asked.

‘He always brings them up’: Trump tries to steer border wall deal to North Dakota firm

That’s the Washington Post, not the Onion.

If You Can’t Win Fairly, Cheat!

“Recent Republican behavior — from the 2016 stolen Supreme Court seat to the legislative shenanigans that followed gubernatorial defeats in North Carolina and Wisconsin to voter suppression efforts across numerous states — suggests a party whose commitment to democratic politics has weakened,” Mr. Levitsky said. “The fact that the Republican Party has grown increasingly authoritarian poses a greater threat to American democracy than Donald Trump.”

Michael Tomasky: Do the Republicans Even Believe in Democracy Anymore?

No, they do not.

Apple’s Pro Hardware

The new, highly expandable Mac Pro looks like a great solution for high-end music, photography, video, and 3D content production. I wish the baseline storage capacity was higher.

The Pro Display XDR is very impressive and yes, reference monitors are really expensive (see this announcement of Atomos’ new Neon lineup, for example), but $5,000 without a stand or mount? Apple’s John Ternus seemed surprised that the WWDC keynote audience seemed to suffer sticker shock when he announced the pricing. Dell’s 32″ 8K display costs $3,900 with a stand that allows it to rotate from landscape to portrait orientation. It’s not a good option for Mac users because of the pixel density (about 280, which is too high for macOS) and a number of the specs are inferior, but this feels like Apple charging a premium just because of the logo on the back.