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04 Mar

ABFE Calls on U.S. State Department to Demand China Release Bookseller Gui Minhai

The letter comes as Gui, a Chinese-born Swedish national, was sentenced to 10 years in Chinese jail on February 24. 

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04 Mar
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New “Counterspeak” Premieres on YouTube Tonight

Guest Patrick Eddington is trying to determine the extent to which FBI domestic surveillance is collecting national security or intelligence records on such domestic organizations as media outlets, organizations dedicated to the Bill of Rights, and immigration policy groups.

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26 Feb

Bookseller Gui Minhai Sentenced to 10 Years in Chinese Jail

The court charged Gui with “illegally providing intelligence” overseas. According to the court, Gui pleaded guilty and will not appeal the sentence.

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26 Feb
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A Guide to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs)

Recent rule changes to HRAs may provide an opportunity for small business owners to help their employees buy health insurance.

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19 Feb
19 Feb
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“Counterspeak” Podcast Now on YouTube

Each month, Counterspeak features interviews with experts on the First Amendment and free speech, as well as discussions on relevant current events. 

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19 Feb
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“Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos” Streaming Now

The PBS documentary features interviews with Amazon executives, former employees, industry insiders, regulators, and notable Amazon critics who touch on a number of different topics relating to Amazon. 

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12 Feb
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Upcoming PBS FRONTLINE Documentary Examines Amazon and Jeff Bezos

The documentary looks at “Amazon and Jeff Bezos’ ascent to power — and his ability to shape everything from the future of work, to the future of commerce, to the future of technology.”

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05 Feb

New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

In this month’s installment, ABA Content Director Sydney Jarrard talks with Daphne Keller, director of intermediary liability at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society.

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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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