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The government wants to start sending millions of Americans a check. Here’s how to use it wisely

The government wants to start sending millions of Americans a check. Here’s how to use it wisely

Finance
AndreyPopov | Getty ImagesSome good news – in the form of money – may be coming to Americans soon.On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that the Trump administration plans to move "immediately" to send money to Americans as the coronavirus cripples the economy."Americans need cash now," Mnuchin said, indicating checks could come in the next two weeks.The announcement follows much discussion over how the government could act to help shore up American workers' bank balances now, with so many businesses temporarily closed or operating at reduced capacities.A thousand dollars for everyoneSen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said this week that he wants the government to send every adult $ 1,000.Details on how big the checks the Trump administration hopes to deploy have not been disclosed. Of
Esper: U.S. never discussed, considered sending 14K more troops to Middle East

Esper: U.S. never discussed, considered sending 14K more troops to Middle East

Business
Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Reports that the U.S. is considering sending an additional 14,000 troops to the Middle East are "flat out wrong," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a statement Friday. "As the Department has stated repeatedly, we were never discussing or considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East," Esper said in the statement. "Reports of this are flat out wrong. DOD will always stand ready to respond to future actions by our adversaries if and when they arise, but the Pentagon is not considering sending 14,000 troops to CENTCOM. This report is false." On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported the administration is considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East, a claim Pentagon officials have denied since. But on Thursday, John Rood, under...
Bond market close to sending biggest recession signal yet

Bond market close to sending biggest recession signal yet

Finance
Scott Olson | Getty ImagesAs Wall Street economists up the odds for a recession in the coming year, the bond market is sending its own scary warning about an economic downturn.Various parts of the yield curve have been inverted, but the traditionally watched 2-year to 10-year spread looks set to invert any day now, with the curve at its flattest level since 2007.The 10-year yield, at its low yield of 1.64% Monday came less than 6 basis points above the 2-year yield, which was at 1.58% in afternoon trading. The spread broke below 10 basis points last week. An inverted curve simply means a shorter-term interest rate is higher than the longer-term one that it is being compared too, and that inversion has been a reliable recession signal. "It's the whole idea that the Fed is making a mistake. ...
Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, astronaut says

Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, astronaut says

Science
One of the first men to orbit the Moon has told BBC Radio 5 Live that it's "stupid" to plan human missions to Mars.Bill Anders, lunar module pilot of Apollo 8, the first human spaceflight to leave Earth's orbit, said sending crews to Mars was "almost ridiculous".Nasa is currently planning new human missions to the Moon.It wants to learn the skills and develop the technology to enable a future human landing on Mars. Anders, 85, said he's a "big supporter" of the "remarkable" unmanned programmes, "mainly because they're much cheaper". But he says the public support simply isn't there to fund vastly more expensive human missions."What's the imperative? What's pushing us to ...
Samsung phones 'randomly sending pics to contacts'

Samsung phones 'randomly sending pics to contacts'

Technology
Samsung phones are sending photos to their owner's contacts without their permission, according to reports. Samsung says it is investigating the issue, which may be caused by an update to the texting app Samsung Messages.Frighteningly, the app doesn't even show users that the files have been sent - they're only finding out when they get a response from the recipient of the random photos."Last night around 2.30am, my phone sent [my girlfriend] my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app," one Reddit user complained.They added that they had enabled a setting allowing pictures to be automatically backed-up to Google, and suspected that the leak occurred because of an update to the Samsung Messages app.Additional owners of the Galaxy S9, S...