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The Secret Push That Could Ban TikTok

American lawmakers have tried for years to ban TikTok, concerned that the video app’s links to China pose a national security risk.Sapna Maheshwari, a technology reporter for The Times, explains the behind-the-scenes push to rein in TikTok and discusses what a ban could mean for the app’s 170 million users in the United States.Guest: Sapna Maheshwari, who covers TikTok, technology and emerging media companies for The New York Times.Background reading: A tiny group of lawmakers huddled in private about a year ago, aiming to bulletproof a bill that could ban TikTok.The TikTok law faces court challenges, a shortage of qualified buyers and Beijing’s hostility.Love, hate or fear it, TikTok has changed America.For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.


Is the world’s climate close to a tipping point?

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While many of the effects of climate change, including heat waves, droughts and wildfires, are already with us, some of the most alarming consequences are hiding beneath the surface of the ocean.

David Gelles and Raymond Zhong, who both cover climate for The New York Times, explain just how close we might be to a tipping point.

David Gelles , who reports for The New York Times Climate team and leads The Times’s Climate Forward newsletter.

Raymond Zhong , a reporter focusing on climate and environmental issues for The New York Times.


The Earth seen from a satellite.
This year had the hottest January on record in the world’s oceans, and temperatures have continued to rise since then. Credit... NASA

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