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Heather Timmons

Heather Timmons is the Asia Correspondent for Quartz, based in Hong Kong, where she writes about everything from ramen to derivatives to censorship. Previously she spent 10 years with The New York Times in London and New Delhi, where she covered finance and markets and the Indian economy. She co-founded and ran India Ink, the NYT's first-ever country specific news journal, which provides in-depth news and analysis of the world’s largest democracy and of India’s global diaspora. Before the Times, Heather was the banking editor at BusinessWeek in New York, where she covered the perils of the big bank business model and the danger of banks’ expansion into risky lending, corruption on Wall Street, and a post-9/11 city. She began writing about banking and finance as a reporter with the Daily Deal and American Banker.
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Hurricane Harvey May Have Destroyed Trump’s Mexico Wall Before a Single Brick Is Laid

August 30, 2017 Rain is still falling on the US’s gulf coast as Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm, hovers over Texas and Louisiana. Record-breaking flooding is expected to continue through the week, levees are crumbling, refineries are submerged, and thousands of stranded people may be need to be airlifted from hotels,...

One of the Two Agencies That Probes Meddling in U.S. Elections is Broken

August 14, 2017 The by-now infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer in June 2016 has become a focus for the FBI’s probe into last year’s US election campaign. The agency has assembled a grand jury and issued subpoenas to examine evidence related to the meeting, which the president’s son,...

Trump’s FBI Pick Testified That He’s Been 'Too Busy' To Learn About Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting

July 12, 2017 All of Washington has been transfixed by the emails revealing that Donald Trump, Jr. took a meeting with a lawyer said to have ties to the Russian government to get dirt on Hillary Clinton during his father’s election campaign last year. All, that is, except—apparently—for Christopher Wray, US president Donald...

Congressman Steve Scalise Shot When a Gunman Opened Fire During Baseball Practice

June 14, 2017 A US Congressman and three of his staff members were injured after a gunman opened fire on a baseball practice outside Washington DC on Wednesday morning. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip and a Republican from Louisiana, was shot in the hip, Fox News reported, while one of his aides...

What To Expect From Ex-FBI Director James Comey’s Senate Testimony About the Russia Probe

June 6, 2017 Ousted FBI director James Comey will publicly testify about the events that led up to his firing this Thursday morning, June 8, to a US Senate committee, and already US politics wonks and curious overseas observers alike are stocking up on the popcorn. “Comey mania about to take over Washington,”...

As Trump Criticizes Response to London Attacks, Key U.S. Security Jobs Remain Vacant

June 5, 2017 Following a tragic terror attack in London over the weekend, US president Donald Trump took to Twitter to berate the city’s Muslim mayor, praise his own “travel ban,” and call for the US to “get down to the business of security for our people.” The business of security against terrorism...

Leakers in the Trump Administration May Have Trouble Invoking Obama’s Whistleblower Protections

May 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. President Donald Trump continues to rail against press coverage of leaks from his administration and government agencies, most recently accusing the news media—offering no evidence—of reporting on lies and calling them leaks. But there’s no sign the leaks are going to slow down. Government employees in agencies that face...

Leakers in the Trump Administration May Have Trouble Invoking Obama’s Whistleblower Protections

May 31, 2017 President Donald Trump continues to rail against press coverage of leaks from his administration and government agencies, most recently accusing the news media—offering no evidence—of reporting on lies and calling them leaks. But there’s no sign the leaks are going to slow down. Government employees in agencies that face steep...

As Investigations Rock the Trump Administration, Government Employees Are Lawyering Up

May 26, 2017 U.S. president Donald Trump has retained an attorney to represent him in the various ongoing probes into his campaign’s possible ties with Russia—Marc Kasowitz, a long-time advisor with little political experience and ties to a Russian bank. But Trump isn’t the only one lawyering up. Washington, DC law firms say...

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Trump White House Intern?

May 22, 2017 The Trump administration is now accepting applications for its first round of interns, who will start on Sept. 6 and work until Dec. 6. The full-time positions are open to college students, college graduates, or military veterans age 18 or over, as long as they are willing to work from...