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26 Feb
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ABFE Free Speech Report: Debate Over Who to Ban, and Not Over Ideas, Is a Bad Idea

“There is plenty of debate in this country. But all too often, on social media at least, it is over what speech is appropriate and not over what is actually being said,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan.

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13 Sep

Amazon Seeks Second HQ and Tax Incentives in Exchange for Jobs

Late last week, Amazon issued a request for proposals as it looks to build a $5 billion second headquarters somewhere in North America.

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07 Nov
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Free Speech Still a Thing at Indie Bookstores

“Every day my e-mail inbox is filled to the brim with stories on attempts to censor,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan, but “independent bookstores remain a bastion of free expression and diversity.”

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17 Jul
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Take Action: AIB Releases Local Policy Action Toolkit

The toolkit offers independent business owners and retailers tips for engaging with their city officials and advocating for policies that strengthen and grow local businesses.

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19 Jun
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Trump Administration Releases Rules on Association Health Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor has released the final rule that will expand access to association health plans (AHPs). AHPs would allow small businesses to band together through a trade association to purchase health insurance across state lines.

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05 Jun

B&N’s Len Riggio at BookExpo: The More Bookstores the Better

In his talk, Riggio discussed his early days in bookselling, the growth of Barnes & Noble, and his take on the current state of the bookselling industry. 

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14 May
ABFE Free Speech Report

ABFE Free Speech Report

“Every day, attempts to hinder or to outright ban our right to free expression continue at an alarming pace in this country and around the globe. And in many ways, it is a death by a thousand paper cuts,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan.

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18 Apr
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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Sales Tax Fairness Case

South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg addresses online retailers’ obligation to collect and remit sales tax and what constitutes a business’ physical presence in a state.

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14 Mar
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California’s Private Sector Retirement Plan About to Become a Reality

Employers with five or more employees that don’t already provide a retirement plan will be required to offer a retirement plan of their choosing or provide employees access to the state-run program.

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14 Feb

ABFE Urges State Department to Step Up Efforts to Free Chinese Bookseller

The American Booksellers for Free Expression asked the U.S. State Department to “redouble its efforts” on behalf of publisher/bookseller Gui Minhai, who has again been detained by Chinese authorities.

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