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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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The Misleading Math in the Trump Administration’s ‘Foreign Terrorists’ Report

10:58 AM ET Donald Trump has turned to data to argue for stricter immigration policies. According to a report his administration released yesterday, more than 70% of people convicted of “terrorism-related charges” from 2001 to 2016 were born outside the US. “This report is a clear reminder of why we cannot continue to...

Trump Administration Criticized for Misleading Math in Its 'Foreign Terrorists' Report

9:50 AM ET Donald Trump has turned to data to argue for stricter immigration policies. According to a report his administration released Tuesday, more than 70 percent of people convicted of “terrorism-related charges” from 2001 to 2016 were born outside the United States. “This report is a clear reminder of why we cannot...

All the Key Department of Homeland Security Positions Trump Has Left Unfilled

December 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Homeland Security is tasked with keeping the US safe, from securing the country’s borders to protecting against attacks on its electrical grids and thwarting terrorism attacks. One of its biggest challenges in recent months has come from the White House itself: Since Donald Trump took office in...

All the Key Department of Homeland Security Positions Trump Has Left Unfilled

December 18, 2017 The Department of Homeland Security is tasked with keeping the US safe, from securing the country’s borders to protecting against attacks on its electrical grids and thwarting terrorism attacks. One of its biggest challenges in recent months has come from the White House itself: Since Donald Trump took office in...

Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Make New York City Commuters Even More Vulnerable To Attacks

December 12, 2017 New York is more reliant on public transportation than other US cities and the attempted attack in the Port Authority this morning highlights the city’s vulnerability, security experts say. The Trump administration’s priorities, and the president’s on-going battle with America’s big cities over immigration, could make things more dangerous. About...

Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Make N.Y.C. Commuters Even More Vulnerable to Attacks

December 11, 2017 New York is more reliant on public transportation than other U.S. cities and the attempted attack in the Port Authority Monday morning highlights the city’s vulnerability, security experts say. The Trump administration’s priorities, and the president’s on-going battle with America’s big cities over immigration, could make things more dangerous. About...

Facebook Failed to Make Good on a Promise Because it Has Too Much Faith in Its Tech

November 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In February, Facebook said it was taking a strong stand against discrimination, and forbidding its millions of advertisers from excluding users based on race, sex, gender and other criteria. It also said it would not run housing, employment, or credit ads that were targeted at or excluded certain races. Such...

These Are the Lending Scams CFPB Has Stopped Recently

November 28, 2017 The US federal agency created in 2010 to protect consumers from predatory lenders, unscrupulous debt collectors, and deceptive banks is in the midst of a heated political battle that could ultimately cripple it. Appointed by Donald Trump, Mick Mulvaney took over as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) acting head on...

The Tiny, Passionate Group Battling Google, Facebook, and Amazon’s Grip on US Minds and Wallets

November 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google, Facebook, and Amazon are controlling Americans’ minds and wallets, and they need to be stopped before they destroy the US economy and democracy itself. That was the message from a dimly-lit, packed conference room in a nondescript Washington DC hotel near the train station last week. Nearly 200 tech...

The Most Important Questions Jeff Sessions Couldn’t Answer During His House Testimony

November 14, 2017 U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions was grilled in front of Congress Tuesday about everything from wiretapping to Donald Trump’s pardoning power to Sessions’ knowledge of communications between Trump campaign members and Russia. Just as when he testified in front of the Senate in June, Sessions had difficulty recalling events that...