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05 Feb

ABFE Joins 10 Organizations in Opposing Missouri Library Censorship Bill

The act requires the creation of a parental library review board tasked with identifying and restricting sexual material considered age-inappropriate for children.

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04 Feb
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Nearly 80 Booksellers Attend Antitrust Symposium in Washington D.C.

Panelists discussed definitions of a monopoly, an overview of historical antitrust cases, the state of monopolies in America today, and who has the power to bring about concrete change.

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04 Feb

White House Pushes Back Against Publication of John Bolton’s Book

The National Security Council says the book cannot be published until the “significant amounts of classified information,” including some at the “top secret level,” are removed.

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15 Jan

Trump Administration Signs “Phase One” Trade Deal, Cutting Tariffs on Books

On January 15, as of press time, President Trump has signed a “phase one” trade agreement with China. 

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15 Jan

Understanding Marketplace Facilitator Laws

Marketplace facilitators are now required to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of third-party retailers in the 38 states with laws regarding sales tax collection for transactions on online marketplaces.

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15 Jan

Visit the Advocacy Team at the Wi15 Ask ABA Desk

Dave Grogan and Molly Bond of the American Booksellers for Free Expression and ABA’s Advocacy team will be on hand to address bookseller questions and concerns.

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14 Jan

Senate Confirms New Small Business Administrator

On Tuesday, January 7, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jovita Carranza, former deputy SBA administrator under President George W. Bush, to head the Small Business Administration.

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14 Jan
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SECURE Act Encourages Small Businesses to Offer Retirement Plans

The act increases the maximum tax credit small businesses can receive for starting plans and makes it easier for unrelated businesses to join together and offer open multiple employer plans.

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08 Jan
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

In this episode, ABA Content Director Sydney Jarrard speaks with author David Kaye about his book Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet.

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23 Dec

New “Counterspeak” Episode to Drop January 8

The January episode of Counterspeak will feature a conversation with author David Kaye about his book Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet.

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23 Dec
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Federal Judge Rules U.S. Government is Entitled to Edward Snowden’s Book Proceeds

 “Mr. Snowden preferred to risk his future royalties than to subject his experiences to improper government censorship,” said Brett Max Kaufman, a member of Snowden’s legal team.

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18 Dec
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Swedish Ambassador Charged Over Unauthorized Talks to Free Bookseller in Chinese Detention

The Swedish government has charged former ambassador to China Anna Lindstedt over unauthorized talks she initiated between Chinese men and the daughter of detained bookseller Gui Minhai.

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11 Dec

Registration for Antitrust Symposium Opens to All December 13

Those not attending Winter Institute are invited to register for ABA’s Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C., beginning this Friday.

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10 Dec
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Fourth Circuit Rules Against Maryland Online Speech Law

The law required media outlets with more than 100,000 unique monthly visitors to publish names and contact information for those who purchased online political advertisements.

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04 Dec

“Counterspeak” Podcast Celebrates First Anniversary

Throughout December, follow along with Counterspeak on Twitter and take a look back at past episodes.

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