American Booksellers Association president slams Obama for Amazon jobs speech

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American Booksellers Association president Oren Teicher joined the chorus of booksellers and other publishing industry figures criticizing Obama for giving a jobs speech on Tuesday at Amazon’s (s AMZN) Chattanooga, Tenn. warehouse. “For more than a decade now, Amazon has flouted sales tax laws in an effort to maintain a competitive advantage over Main Street businesses,” Teicher wrote.

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