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Debate Over Taxing Internet Sales

The Senate is likely to move ahead this week on a bill that would allow states to tax Internet sales. All but four states require brick and mortar retailers to charge their customers sales tax. Online retailers have been exempt. Customers who buy on the internet are supposed to be keeping track of their on-line purchases and paying taxes due on their own, but this happens rarely. Opponents of the law argue it would be an administrative nightmare for small online sellers to comply with the all the different state sales tax rules and an added expense for consumers. Please join us to discuss the pros and cons of taxing internet sales.

WAMU 88.5

Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

WAMU 88.5

Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

NPR

In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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