Beijing (AFP) - A "lucky" mobile phone number has sold for a whopping 2.25 million yuan ($300,000) after hundreds of people vied online for the right to use the apparently auspicious string of digits.The number ends in five eights, a sought-after combination in China as the word "eight" in Mandarin sounds similar to the word for "prosperity".The number was among assets seized and ordered auctioned by a court in Beijing, and an online sale attracted more than five thousand bids between Saturday and Sunday.Phone users in China -- especially companies seeking to impress clients and business partn...
In an exclusive interview with TMZ, Dr. Mehmet Oz is going to run for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. The Republican doctor made the decision after Donald Trump-endorsed candidate Scott Parnell was accused in court of domestic violence and the judge in the case took his children away.
TMZ cited "sources with direct knowledge," noting that the doctor has already purchased a "multi-million dollar media buy" in the state that will push his candidacy.
Dr. Oz's medical advice has come under scrutiny over the past several years, namely when he agreed with former President Donald trump that the anti-Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for COVID-19.
Oz will likely be forced to step back from his show to run his campaign. TMZ said that Oz would declare his intentions to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening.
It's unknown if Oz has reached out to Trump and received his blessing yet. The celebrity doctor will have a plethora of television appearances with medical advice, lawsuits, and products that will likely fall under greater scrutiny.
Oklahoma National Guard soldiers are 'roadkill' for Gov. Kevin Stitt's political career: Rachel Maddow
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow updated the battle between Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) and the Department of Defense and commander in chief.
Stitt told National Guard soldiers in his state to ignore the national vaccine requirement set by the Pentagon and the National Guard.
"I told you this was going to go badly. It's going badly," said Maddow. "Today the Pentagon gave them a formal response. This is a letter from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma. It was obtained by NBC News. It says, 'All members of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard, regardless of duty status, must follow the directions of the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air Force, respectively, for specific instructions and may jeopardize the member's status in the National Guard.'"
Maddow explained that the letter means that the request was denied to Oklahoma.
"If members of the Oklahoma National Guard defy the federal order that they have to get vaccinated, then they may very well lose their jobs as members of the National Guard. That's what the rule means. A spokesperson for Oklahoma's governor tells the Oklahoma newspaper tonight that Gov Stitt maintains his position that the governors, the commander in chief, are all members of the National Guard while they are all Channel 32 status, meaning they are not actively deployed on a federal mission or training. So, neither side is backing down."
She said that her team called the Oklahoma National Guard to see what it would mean, and they said that as far as they know, their orders are still coming from the governor.
"But as far as the Pentagon and federal government are concerned, people are going to get kicked out of the National Guard if they don't comply with the vaccine requirement because the National Guard participants in all these federal things," Maddow explained. "It's ultimately commanded by the commander in chief, who is President Biden."
At the hand-off to Ali Velshi, the two hosts discussed the two sides that are putting soldiers between them.
"I remember thinking to myself, wow, there is this free vaccine that could save my life from a deadly virus," Velshi recalled from last year. "It did not occur to me a year ago that we could be having discussions you had, that people are still hesitant about a vaccine that is still killing people."
"And the governor of Oklahoma is giving wrong advice to people if they don't get it and what he is discouraging them from getting," Maddow replied. "When you think of all the heroism from National Guard members who have stepped up to distribute the vaccine, to do so much on COVID, and then for them to be roadkill for this governor."
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Rep. Pet Aguilar (D-CA) revealed that over 250 witnesses were interviewed, so far, by the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
Speaking to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday, Aguilar explained that people like Steve Bannon, Jeffrey Clark, and former Donald Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows are outliers in those willing to come forward and speak to the committee.
"We've said all along we want to tell the full and complete story, and in order to do that we're going to need documents and interviews," said Aguilar. "So, clearly that is what's helpful about the document requests and national archives request. We're pleased with the timeline the court is addressing this, and Doug Letter and the team here will be arguing that before the Court of Appeals tomorrow. So, we're excited to move to that next step, but it's helpful and important to the work that we need to have those documents."
Maddow asked about those few members of the Trump inner circle who have refused to testify and what the next steps will be for those people.
"Mr. Clark is in a small group that has continued to stonewall us," Aguilar said of the former Justice Department deputy who penned a kind of guide to justify Vice President Mike Pence refusing to certify the 2020 election. "He has not produced any documents. He came to the deposition but refused to answer questions and exerted both executive privilege and attorney-client privilege, which is a little confusing. And so we're going to proceed, and so that's what the business committee meeting on Wednesday evening will be about is referral of the criminal contempt. We feel that he has shown just an unwillingness to come forward and to testify, and we feel that over 250 people have come before us and given -- submitted interviews and this should be no different, including his two superiors at the time, acting Attorney General [Jeff] Rosen and Deputy Attorney General [Richard] Donahue, so we've received a lot of information."
He went on to note that the Senate Judiciary Committee report detailed Clark's attempts to delegitimize the election and that he should be willing to talk to them as well.
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