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The art of no deal!

| So much for "I alone can fix it." The self-proclaimed lets-make-a-deal artist went down in flames this afternoon when Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from the floor before a vote that he knew he would lose. more

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The big, big box

| I'm a fan of online ordering since the early days of Amazon.com when they sold mostly books and packed a free travel mug in each box as a thank you gift. more

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Mystery "fence"

| A few months ago, a mysterious fence appeared around a 1/2 square mile of the desert bounded by Mission Lakes Blvd, Little Morongo Rd, and Indian Canyon. And a strange fence it is, too. more

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| After eight years of voting to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, the Republicans finally hold control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, so it was time to put up or shut up. It would have been better to shut up, because the newly unveiled American Health Care Act is not about Health, nor Care, nor is it very American. It is an act — a mean betrayal of those millions who voted for Donald Trump and his promises to "take care of everybody" with a beautiful plan. more

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Amazon has shipped my Apple iPhone

| On Monday I received a remarkable notice from Amazon.com, informing me that my "Apple iPhone 7 AT&T 128 GB (Jet Black) Locked to AT&T" has shipped. Remarkable because I had not ordered an iPhone. more

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Photos by Rene Koster of a voyage to the South Pole: "I traveled with a sailing ship which was built in 1911; the same period the last great expeditions left for the unknown continent. Thoughts of frozen ships trapped in ice-covered seas cross my mind, images of the photographers who joined these expeditions to report of the unexplored. Fascinated by their stories I head for the same circumstances as those of the early twentieth century. A journey of longing, to a time that once was. An heroic saga; filled with hardship and adventure, in an infinite, barren land."
The stunning results of a photographer’s epic journey to the South Pole (Washington Post)