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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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20 Dec
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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
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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 form and $20 bills

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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06 Dec

FCC Chairman Shuts Down Senators’ Call to Delay Net Neutrality Vote

The Federal Communications Commission said it will move forward and vote on whether to roll back the rules to the 2010 regulations on December 14.

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21 Nov
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New Small Business Coalition Opposes Tax Reform Proposals

According to a tax policy expert, the current tax reform bills in Congress favor large businesses over small ones. The matter was discussed during a telephone town hall hosted by Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform.

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15 Nov

Indies Believe They Are Better Positioned Than Chains to Weather Amazon’s Growth

A new survey from the Advocates for Independent Business reports that as bricks-and-mortar retail faces new stresses, the impacts appear to be playing out differently for independent retailers than for chains.

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15 Nov
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Defense Bill Could Provide Amazon With $53 Billion Government Procurement Market

A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act could secure Amazon significant government purchasing power; ABA is urging Senate and House leadership to remove the provision before the bill is signed.

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14 Nov

15 Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of South Dakota Sales Tax Fairness Petition to Supreme Court

A number of groups have filed briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a petition that urges the revision of a 1992 decision that defines which retailers are liable to collect and remit a state’s sales tax.

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08 Nov

Polls Reveal Public’s Shrinking Support for First Amendment Rights

Washington Post reporter James Hohmann’s recent blog post cites polls conducted since Donald Trump became president that show eroding public support for the First Amendment.

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08 Nov
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ABA Files Amicus Brief in Support of South Dakota Petition to U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Nexus Definition

ABA has filed an amicus brief in support of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg, a petition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to revise a 1992 decision that defines which retailers are liable to collect and remit state sales tax.

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25 Oct

Revolution Books Stands Up to the Alt-Right

Revolution Books in Berkeley, California, has been standing strong in the face of attacks by alt-right activists attempting to intimidate the store’s customers and staff.

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24 Oct

Overstepping Its Bounds: Amazon’s HQ2 Location Search Lures Desperate Lawmakers and Prompts Media Criticism

Amazon’s search for a location for its second headquarters has prompted a discussion about the practical wisdom of offering corporations huge tax incentives and subsidies.

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