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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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Even After Trump’s Cuts At The EPA, Emergency Officials Say They’re Ready For Florence

September 14, 2018 The Trump White House assault on the Environmental Protection Agency has been brutal and well documented, including widespread staff reductions, a rolling back of rules and regulations that give the agency power, attempts to slash the agency’s budget, and efforts to undermine its very mission. That won’t affect the agency’s...

People Too Poor To Evacuate Hurricane Florence Should Ask Neighbors For Help, FEMA Says

September 13, 2018 As Hurricane Florence churns up record-breaking waves on its way across the Atlantic, warnings about the strength of the storm are getting more strident. “The time to evacuate is now,” Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery at FEMA told reporters Wednesday. “It’s a disaster,...

Trump Policies Have Left FEMA And The EPA Weaker Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

September 12, 2018 “We’re as ready as anybody has ever been” for Hurricane Florence, President Donald Trump said from the White House on Tuesday, speaking about the Category 4 hurricane that’s barreling toward the US’s southeastern shore. The storm is expected to be the worst one to hit South Carolina, North Carolina, and...

White House Chaos is Having an Impact on the Ground in Syria, and Beyond

September 10, 2018 On Sept. 7, American troops shot live weapons in southeastern Syria that weren’t aimed at ISIS or another terrorist group—they were meant to deter Russians troops from invading a U.S. base. About 100 U.S. troops were flown in by assault helicopter for live fire drills, after the Russian military threatened...

At An Event To Honor the U.S. Border Patrol, Trump Continuously Flubbed Its Name

August 21, 2018 The White House honored Customs and Border Protection, the 60,000-strong armed force that guards the U.S. borders, and the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that patrols the U.S. interior, in the East Room Monday. At the event, Donald Trump continuously referred to the border guard, known as the...

Nearly 200 Former CIA Agents, Navy Officers, Ambassadors And Justice Officials Condemn Trump’s Brennan Action

August 20, 2018 A group of nearly 200 former CIA analysts, district attorneys, Defense Department officials, FBI agents, and ambassadors have signed a public statement criticizing Donald Trump for stripping ex-CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance. “All of us believe it is critical to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure,” the...

Nearly 200 Former CIA Agents, Navy Officers, Ambassadors, and DOJ Officials Condemn Trump’s Brennan Action

August 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of nearly 200 former CIA analysts, district attorneys, Defense Department officials, FBI agents, and ambassadors have signed a public statement criticizing Donald Trump for stripping ex-CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance. “All of us believe it is critical to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure,” the...

Trump’s Interpreter Could Be Grilled By Congress’s Gang Of Eight About His Chat With Putin

July 20, 2018 Several members of the Gang of Eight, a group of Congress members who are sworn to secrecy on intelligence matters, want to know more about what Donald Trump discussed with Vladimir Putin. One way to find out: Summoning Trump’s interpreter to testify to the group. Marina Gross, a veteran State...

The House Committee Tasked With Making Sure U.S. Immigration Police Follow The Law Has Given Up

July 12, 2018 It’s been three years since the House committee tasked with legal oversight of the Department of Homeland Security actually had a hearing on the agency’s actions—a lapse that Democratic members of Congress are calling “indefensible.” The House Judiciary Committee is supposed to vet the legality of the department’s policies, including...

ICE Union Grows Disenchanted With Trump's Immigration Strategy

July 10, 2018 There’s probably no agency in the Trump administration that’s more controversial right now than ICE. The 20,000-strong Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the entity responsible for carrying out many of the White House’s hardline immigration policies, including deporting people who have been in the country for years. The ICE union,...