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13 Feb

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

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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05 Feb

ABA Promotes David Grogan to Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy

ABA’s David Grogan has been promoted to Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy, integrating the operation of the American Booksellers for Free Expression and ABA's advocacy work. 

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31 Jan

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

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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17 Jan

Senate Votes to Limit Debate on Mass Surveillance Bill

The move to reauthorize a controversial mass surveillance law cleared a critical hurdle this week as the Senate voted 60-38 to invoke cloture on the bill, opening the door for the Senate to vote on the bill.

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16 Jan

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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16 Jan

Supreme Court Will Take Up E-Fairness Definition

In a significant first step toward potentially leveling the playing field for all retailers, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider a case that would change the legal obligation of online retailers regarding collecting sales tax.

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10 Jan

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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20 Dec

Tax Reform Passes Congress

To help small business owners make sense of the legislation, which passed both the House and the Senate, Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform will host a telephone town hall on Wednesday evening, December 20.

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20 Dec

Children’s Book on Palestine Comes Under Fire at New York City Bookstore

After P Is for Palestine author Goldbarg Bashi announced plans for a reading at Book Culture, a local synagogue said it would bar the bookstore from participating in its December book fair.

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19 Dec

FCC Vote Rolls Back Net Neutrality Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission's 3-2 vote to repeal net neutrality regulations was met with significant outcry from legislators, advocacy groups, and consumers.

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11 Dec

Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform Hosting Telephone Town Hall

The December 13 telephone Town Hall will give booksellers a crucial opportunity to ask questions about tax reform relative to their business.

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06 Dec

Tax Reform Could Harm Small Business, Advocates Contend

“Business owners need to speak out right now,” said Rhett Buttle of Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform. “Members of Congress need to hear from you that you oppose the bill in its current form.”

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