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  • CNN reports that Mike Pence was on standby to temporarily assume the powers of the presidency during Donald Trump's unannounced, mysterious visit to Walter Reed Hospital last fall. Simultaneously, #TrumpStroke is trending after reports that Trump has suffered a series of "mini-strokes."
  • Apropos of nothing in particular, Trump ranted about a baseless conspiracy theory that powerful people in the “dark shadows” are controlling Joe Biden's campaign and the protests in Kenosha, and also compared police shooting people to golfers who “choke” when trying to sink “a three-foot putt.”
  • Vanity Fair has a very powerful, very emotional essay about a novelist whose husband died at the start of the pandemic and the grief she's gone through since.
  • Nearly 200 airline passengers are self-isolating after multiple people tested positive for COVID-19 after a flight from Greece to Wales that was filled with “selfish ‘covidiots’ and an inept crew.”
  • Author Dan Brown's real life is basically a Dan Brown novel come to life: "To gain access to his recording studio, where he has a synthesizer hooked up to a computer, he presses the corner of a painting — a canvas depicting a Victorian woman sitting in a garden — and a hidden door swings open."
  • An UWS man is trying to grow corn on the street.
  • Current and former workers at Carta, a Silicon Valley fintech company, tell the Times they were belittled, excluded and punished if they spoke up.
  • Curious headline of the day: "Ohio woman calls cops to probe penis-shaped meat from store."
  • NBA players realized the power of protest with last week’s strike. Where does it go from here?
  • Watch the music video for "Campfire," the first single from Kevin Morby's upcoming album Sundowner.
  • And finally, here's an example of a good neighbor: