Trump's Plan to Pay for That Very Big Wall Is Very Stupid

Jeff Ihaza · 04/05/16 06:30PM

One of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s main (if not only) defined policy goals is to erect an enormous, very tall, very expensive wall on the border between The United States and Mexico. Today, in a memo, Trump made it clear how he would pay for this wall—by bankrupting Mexico’s poor.

Greece to Deport Migrants to Turkey En Masse 

Jeff Ihaza · 04/03/16 08:05PM

On Monday, as part of an agreement reached with the European Union, Greece will begin returning migrants to Turkey en masse—despite having approximately one tenth of the 2,300 border management officers needed for the job.

Adam Weinstein · 07/23/14 10:30AM

Congressional Republicans have a new plan to address unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. It deploys U.S. troops to the border and mandates "aggressive information campaigns" in Central American nations, as well as US-run "repatriation centers" on their soil.

Is Barnes & Noble in Trouble?

Hamilton Nolan · 12/02/11 09:00AM

Borders, America's second biggest book store chain, died this summer, its red-trimmed outlets sinking inexorably into a savage sea of red ink. (Beat that lede, Wall Street Journal!) For Barnes & Noble, the most popular book chain, this could be interpreted as good news: its biggest competitor was gone. Or, bad news: book stores are a dying industry.

Cruel USA to Charge Neighbors an Entrance Fee

Lauri Apple · 10/25/11 08:02AM

Canadian political leaders are feeling rather cranky about the U.S. government's plan to charge their citizens $5.50 just to cross the border and drink beer with us. The new fee also applies to Mexican travelers, but they don't seem to be complaining as much—maybe because they're used to getting screwed by the American government.

NYT Caller ID Change Lets Everyone Brag About Being Called by NYT

Hamilton Nolan · 08/12/11 02:38PM

In your wistful Friday media column: the NYT's caller ID change is very important, Jared Paul Stern has a book to tell you about, Chris Hayes' bizarre MSNBC show concept, the NYT paywall approved of, and Borders' death screws magazines.

Clashes on Syrian Border Reportedly Kill 25

Max Read · 06/05/11 04:42PM

Syrian state news reports 25 protestors killed by Israeli troops during an attempt to cross the border. Last month, 12 died in similar protests; now, as then, Syria will use the deaths to distract from its own brutal crackdowns. [CNN]

The Borders Aftermath: Who Falls Next?

Hamilton Nolan · 02/17/11 12:54PM

Borders filed its long-expected bankruptcy yesterday. Hundreds of its stores will be closing in the next few weeks. Besides Borders employees, two other groups are worried: book publishers, and mall owners.

Borders Filing for Bankruptcy

Hamilton Nolan · 02/11/11 03:45PM

Faltering book chain Borders, which has been on a financial death watch for weeks, will file for bankruptcy next week, after failing to get a lifesaving loan. "Borders initially plans to close about 200 of its 674 stores." Initially. [WSJ]

Borders Gets a Loan For Some Reason

Hamilton Nolan · 01/28/11 09:27AM

When we last checked in with dinosaurlike "book store" Borders, it was desperately seeking a loan to stave off bankruptcy. Well, they got their $550 million loan! But there's a fair chance they'll still go bankrupt. Showing good effort! [Dealbook]

Borders Death Watch

Hamilton Nolan · 01/04/11 10:14AM

Just last month, the book chain Borders was being touted as a possible buyer of Barnes & Noble. Today, Borders itself is struggling to survive. How bad is it? Let's roll the most recent low-lights.

The World According to Facebook

Max Read · 12/14/10 03:15AM

Here's a map of the world, as drawn by Facebook (click to enlarge it). What does that mean? Well, basically: The entire image is defined not by topographical features or political boundaries, but by Facebook friendships.