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05 Sep

“Banned Spotlight” Highlights Stories of Censorship

The first Spotlight features I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings’ autobiographical picture book in which she shares her experience as a transgender child.

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05 Sep

Trump Administration Considering Regulating Google Searches

On August 28, President Trump published a series of tweets expressing his belief that Google is “rigged” to suppress conservative views.

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05 Sep

Senator Bernie Sanders Calls Out Amazon

“Count to ten. In those ten seconds, Jeff Bezos, the owner and founder of Amazon, just made more money than the median employee of Amazon makes in an entire year. In an entire year,” tweeted Sanders.

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05 Sep

New Yorker Festival Cancels Bannon Event After Backlash

The New Yorker Festival’s decision to schedule an interview between Steve Bannon and New Yorker editor David Remnick was denounced by Roxane Gay, Jessica Valenti, Patton Oswalt, and more.

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04 Sep

WAMC Radio Program Features ABA CEO Oren Teicher and Bookseller Chris Morrow

On The Roundtable, Teicher and Morrow discussed bookstores as presenting an opportunity to bring a diverse community together in a divided political climate.

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29 Aug

New Economic Nexus Information Available on BookWeb

The diversity of the economic nexus laws, particularly in regard to threshold requirements, may have left businesses unclear about their state tax obligations. 

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28 Aug

The Regulator Bookshop Defaced With White Supremacist Graffiti

Co-owner Elliot Berger said he believed the store was targeted due to its reputation as a communist bookstore, despite the fact that it sells books from various viewpoints.

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21 Aug

Banned Books Week Kits Arrive in Bookstores

Indie booksellers that ordered a Banned Books Week promotion kit from the American Booksellers Association will receive their kits in the August Red Box, on its way to stores now.

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21 Aug

Trump Campaign Demands that Simon & Schuster Cease and Desist

A letter from President Trump’s legal counsel claims that Omarosa Manigault Newman’s Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House contains “confidential information and disparaging statements.”

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14 Aug

New Banned Books Week Resources Available

The Banned Books Week Coalition has created new resources to help booksellers promote this year’s annual celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29.

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08 Aug

Attorneys General File Suit to Challenge Association Health Plans

On August 2, attorneys general from 11 states and the District of Columbia filed suit against the Department of Labor, challenging the Trump administration’s new Association Health Plan rule.

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08 Aug

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Addresses Small Business Concerns Following Wayfair Decision

The hearing included remarks and testimony from retailers, advocates for tax reform and for small business, and legislators.

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08 Aug

ABFE, Free Expression Organizations Condemn White House’s Attack on Press Freedom

The groups sent a letter to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders concerning reports that the White House had barred CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from covering a press event on July 25.

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31 Jul

What Does South Dakota v. Wayfair Mean for Retailers?

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states can legally collect tax from remote retailers deemed to have “economic nexus.”

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24 Jul

ABA’s E-Fairness Timeline: A Long and Winding Road to Success

A new E-Fairness Timeline available on ABA’s Advocacy page shows the many ups and downs throughout the long fight to sales tax fairness in which independent booksellers played a leading role.

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