BTW Articles

18 Apr
US Supreme Court

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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13 Feb
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ABFE Free Speech Report

Over the past month, the American Booksellers for Free Expression has been busy working with free speech groups to oppose a number of attempts by schools or courts to censor books and to limit free speech.

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07 Feb

Chinese Authorities Confirm the Arrest of Bookseller Gui Minhai

On Tuesday, February 6, the Chinese government confirmed that it had arrested Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish national and bookseller associated with Mighty Current publishing house.

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07 Feb
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Infographic Illustrates Amazon’s Dominance

A consumer review website recently published a 16-page infographic that provides comprehensive details on the extensive scope of Amazon’s economic reach.

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31 Jan
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U.S. State Department Calls on China to Free Missing Bookseller

The U.S. State Department has called on Chinese authorities to free Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish national and bookseller who was abducted by Chinese agents while traveling by train to Beijing.

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23 Jan
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ABA Urges State Department to Investigate Abduction of Chinese Bookseller

On January 20, Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish national and bookseller, was traveling by train to Beijing with two Swedish diplomats when plainclothes police officers boarded the train and took him away.

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16 Jan
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Independent Business Groups Urge U.S. Government to Buy Local

The Advocates for Independent Business is urging the General Services Administration to remember the value of shopping locally as they design Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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10 Jan
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Trump’s Attempt to Halt Publication of Fire and Fury Sparks Condemnations, Spurs Sales

The American Booksellers Association issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defended publisher Henry Holt & Co., which released the book early, on January 5.

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