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  • NASA wants to know what personal items you’d bring along with you if you got to go on a trip to the Moon.
  • You’re encouraged to tweet a pic of your “Moon Kit” with the hashtag #NASAMoonKit for the chance to be featured by NASA’s social media accounts.
  • You can choose to pick whatever items you want, or you can try to fit them into NASA’s “Expert Mode” which means you can only use as much space as a real astronaut gets for personal belongings.

Unless you’re one of the very few people that is deemed worthy of donning a NASA spacesuit, there’s pretty much no chance that you (or I) will ever be headed to the Moon. That’s fine as far as I’m concerned since I get nervous just flying a few hours and could definitely not handle a rocket launch, but NASA is still curious what items folks like you and I would take with us if we were ever to actually travel to Earth’s big pale satellite.

NASA is putting the call out for people to post their own must-have Moon kits on social media. You can post your choices along with the hashtag #NASAMoonKit for the chance to be featured by NASA’s own social media accounts. However, there are a few rules.

Click here to read the full article.

There are two “modes” you can choose from for the contest. If you don’t feel like getting too intense you can simply post a photo of your Moon Kit without worrying about the size of the items in your secret stash. However, if you want to try the “Expert Mode” you can post a kit that abides by NASA’s own rules regarding how much space an astronaut’s personal items can

By Rajesh Kumar Singh



a building that has a sign on the side of a road: FILE PHOTO: Entrance to the U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works plant is seen in Ecorse, Michigan


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FILE PHOTO: Entrance to the U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works plant is seen in Ecorse, Michigan

CHICAGO(Reuters) – President Donald Trump promised a new dawn for the struggling U.S. steel industry in 2016, and the lure of new jobs in Midwestern states including Michigan helped him eke out a surprise election win.

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Four years later, Great Lakes Works – once among the state’s largest steel plants – has shut down steelmaking operations and put 1,250 workers out of a job. A year before the June layoffs, plant owner United States Steel Corp called off a plan to invest $600 million in upgrades amid deteriorating market conditions.

Trump’s strategy centered on shielding U.S. steel mills from foreign competition with a 25% tariff imposed in March 2018. He also promised to boost steel demand through major investments in roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

But higher steel prices resulting from the tariffs dented demand from the Michigan-based U.S. auto industry and other steel consumers. And the Trump administration has never followed through on an infrastructure plan.

Michigan’s heavy reliance on the steel and auto industries puts Trump’s trade policy in sharp focus ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election in this battleground state. Democrats say they aim to recapture the votes of blue-collar workers they lost to Trump four years ago – one key factor in his victory over Hillary Clinton. Trump won Michigan by less than one percent of the statewide vote total. The competition for the votes of often-unionized manufacturing workers – who historically have voted Democratic – will be just as fierce in the battleground states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, political analysts say.



a large brick building with grass in front of a house: FILE PHOTO: U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works plant is seen behind a working-class neighborhood in Ecorse, Michigan


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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works plant is seen behind a working-class neighborhood in

LONDON (Reuters) – Five hundred of the world’s leading charities and social groups have sent a letter to the International Monetary Fund warning that its support programmes, which have had to be ramped up to cope with COVID-19, were condemning many countries to years of austerity.

The concern raised before the IMF and World Bank annual meetings next week said current programmes would see 80 countries required to implement austerity worth on average 3.8% of their annual economic output between 2021 and 2023.

An analysis by one of the 500 signatories of the letter, the European Network on Debt and Development, estimated that future fiscal consolidation would represent almost five times the resources allocated to this year’s COVID-19 packages.

More than half the projected consolidation measures — equivalent to 2% of gross domestic product — will take place next year, they added. Some 56 countries would be left with higher public debts by 2023; 30 would end up paying an additional amount equivalent to their 2020 Covid-19 packages to creditors as debt service costs rose every year.

“For 46 countries for which data is available, a decade of austerity measures will reduce public expenditures from 25.7% to 23% of GDP between 2020 and 2030,” the analysis said. The letter https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/eurodad/pages/1062/attachments/original/1601901189/statement-against-IMF-austerity-ENG.pdf?1601901189 called on the IMF to “immediately stop promoting austerity around the world”.

The IMF has responded to an unprecedented number of calls for emergency financing as a result of this year’s pandemic and lockdown measures driving the global economy into a severe recession.

More than 100 countries have requested its help so far. The IMF has doubled the access to its emergency facilities — the Rapid Credit Facility and Rapid Financing Instrument — expecting demand for support to reach about $100 billion.

(Graphic: Debt and expenditure jumps due to COVID

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We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment is approved.


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Getting more stimulus money into people’s hands through a second stimulus check seems to be a top priority for negotiators of the overarching stimulus package — and for President Donald Trump, who is currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

“Our great USA wants and needs stimulus. Work together and get it done. Thank you!” Trump’s account tweeted from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is being treated for the coronavirus.

So how much money could you get from another round of direct payments? The first stimulus payment was for up to $1,200 per adult, but a second stimulus check could be larger or smaller, especially if the qualifications for dependents are broadened or if your financial circumstances have changed since the first round in March. The new eligibility rules under consideration (among others) would shape the size of a potential payment.

Read on to see how some realistic scenarios could play out — it may also be helpful to know how your yearly taxes help determine your share of stimulus money. You can also use CNET’s stimulus calculator to get an estimate of the size of your check. This story is updated often.

How you could get less than $1,200 — or maybe more

If another stimulus bill passes and includes a second stimulus check, it’s likely that $1,200 will remain the maximum for individuals, as it was in the last stimulus bill and two proposals. For most people, calculating the total amount requires them to know their adjusted gross income, or AGI.

That’s just the start. Family circumstances, such as if you file taxes jointly with your spouse, and a