TikTok-Oracle deal and a potential US ban: Everything you need to know


The Trump administration pushed back a ban on new downloads of TikTok to Sept. 27.

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TikTok, known for quirky short videos of people dancing and lip syncing, has been caught in the crosshairs of a geopolitical clash between the US and China.

The US Department of Commerce had threatened to bar new downloads of TikTok last week, but the potential ban was pushed back after President Donald Trump approved a deal “in concept” over the weekend between TikTok, Oracle and Walmart. The parties now have late Sunday to finalize an agreement that satisfies the US. 

“If they get it done, that’s great,” Trump told reporters. “If they don’t, that’s okay, too.”

Chinese tech company ByteDance owns TikTok, sparking concerns the video app could be used by

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Oregon Department of Education issues ban on hate symbols in public schools

The Oregon Department of Education issued a temporary ban on hate symbols — including the Confederate flag, swastikas and nooses — in public school classrooms in the state, officials said.

The “All Students Belong” rule was adopted unanimously by the state Board of Education on Thursday. Colt Gill, the director of the Department of Education, said the move came as a response to student calls for a ban.

“Our students called us out and into action,” Gill said in a statement. “The Oregon Department of Education is committed to ensuring that Oregon’s schools are safe and inclusive for all students and staff, and the All Students Belong rule is an important step in that process.”

The rule, which took effect immediately, requires school districts to implement policies by Jan. 1 that prohibit the hate symbols, except as part of the teaching curriculum. Officials said that many districts already had similar

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What does ban on TikTok and WeChat mean for users? – U.S.

The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday.

President Donald Trump has cited concerns about Chinese government snooping as his administration prepares to follow through on executive orders that could make it increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for Americans to use the apps.

Trump has also floated a potential way out, at least for TikTok, which on Friday he called an “amazing company” that is “very, very popular.”

Here are some questions and answers about the deal.


The order disallowing TikTok and WeChat from smartphone app stores takes effect Sunday, as do additional restrictions on the use of WeChat.

A broader ban on the use of TikTok will follow on Nov. 12 unless its Chinese parent company ByteDance is able to persuade U.S.

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Improve Racial Education, Don’t Ban It | Opinion

Amid an ongoing cultural reckoning that’s spotlighted anti-Black racism in the U.S, educators around the country are searching for new ways to teach Black history in their classrooms. To this end, many public school districts are incorporating the New York Times’ “The 1619 Project” into their curriculum. The 1619 Project is an interactive project (originally consisting of essays, poems, fiction, and photos, now adapted into a podcast and free online curriculum) that reexamines U.S history by centering African slavery in our understanding of America’s past and present, beginning in 1619 — the year the first slave ship arrived on America’s shores. The effort positions slavery — often woefully mistaught in U.S schools — and its legacy as critical to understanding wide-ranging aspects of American society and history.

The 1619 Project being incorporated into schools has drawn outrage and criticism from Republican lawmakers. In July, Senator Tom Cotton ’98 (R-Ark.), a

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Biden drilling ban would cost 1M jobs and cause $700B drop in GDP: Industry study

Joe Biden’s pledge to block oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters would force the United States to rely more on foreign energy sources, cost nearly 1 million jobs by 2022, and cause carbon emissions to increase by prompting a rebound in coal.

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That’s according to a study Wednesday from the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry’s largest trade group.


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The study does not name Biden, but the Democratic nominee has consistently pledged to ban new federal oil and gas leasing and development on public lands and waters.

It’s one of the centerpieces of his agenda to tackle climate change.

API’s study, prepared by the energy consulting firm OnLocation, finds a federal drilling ban would cause U.S. GDP to fall by a cumulative $700 billion through 2030. U.S. oil imports would increase by 2 million barrels a day, while

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