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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.

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Not Going to Cut It

At the Pentagon, interviews with more than a dozen top generals revealed alarm over many of Mr. Trump's proposals for the use of American power, even among officers who said privately that they lean Republican. While no serving officer interviewed was willing to speak publicly about Mr. Trump — reasons ranged from wanting to maintain a distance between the military and politics to not wanting to criticize a potential commander in chief — a number of top-ranking admirals and generals said the military is governed by laws and rules of engagement that are far stricter than politicians may realize.

And justifications that troops would be “following orders” are unlikely to sway war-crimes courts, they said.

“We remember the Nuremberg trials,” said Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton, now retired, who was in charge of training the Iraqi Army in 2003. “Just following orders is not going to cut it.”

Trump Wants War Declared on ISIS and ‘Extreme Vetting’ of Immigrants

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Accurate and Fair

But the durability of Trump's appeal creates a conundrum for many Republicans. For decades, some of us have argued that the liberal stereotype of Republicans as extreme, dim and intolerant is inaccurate and unfair. But here is a candidate for president who fully embodies the liberal stereotype of Republicans — who thinks this is the way a conservative should sound — and has found support from a committed plurality of the party.

Michael Gerson: The worst stereotype of the GOP is coming to life in the form of Donald Trump

You built that.

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“He Started It”

Asked by Wisconsin radio host Vicki McKenna whether kids and wives should be off limits, Trump said, “Well, that’s okay, but all you have to do is tell that to Cruz. Because he started it.”

Donald Trump: If wives and kids are off limits, tell Ted Cruz

The Party of Lincoln is now the Party of People Who Should Be Playing with Lincoln Logs.

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Selfishly, She Still Has 50% of Her Limbs

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Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs after the helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq.

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The Oppressed Majority

In a new poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on Tuesday, a whopping 43 percent of Americans told researchers that discrimination against whites has become as large a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups.

White Americans long for the 1950s, when they didn't face so much discrimination — The Washington Post

Absolutely pathetic.