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I nearly sent a note to our breaking news team last week asking whether those social media videos of protests against the COVID-19 lockdowns in China were really news, or random occurrences in a giant country. I’m glad I didn’t: The domestic unrest in China has rapidly turned into the biggest story in the world, and New York Times executive editor Joseph Kahn explains his thinking about it below.
Also in this issue is my column on the shadow that hangs over one of America’s great novelists, Junot Díaz, from allegations of misconduct in 2018.
And Max Tani is, as usual, brimming with scoops about an NBC boss’s Hollywood projects and a tycoon who’s in town to survey his nervous holdings.
Also: Congress is back in session this week, to the great relief of the reporters at Semafor Principals who basically live on the Hill, Kadia Goba and Joseph Zeballos-Roig. Ease their anxiety and sign up for our morning briefing from Washington here.