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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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Here’s the FBI’s Warning Signs of a Mass Shooter

November 13, 2018 For years, law enforcement, anti-terror experts, and emergency responders have been compiling information on who commits mass shootings in the US. Because such shootings are so frequent, there’s plenty of data to collect. Their reports show that active shooters often share characteristics and exhibit similar behavior in the weeks and...

The Pentagon, Soldiers And Taxpayers Will Pay For Trump’s Border-Troops Order

November 1, 2018 Donald Trump’s dispatch of thousands of U.S. military troops to the southern border is a hastily planned campaign stunt that takes soldiers from other duties and leaves the Pentagon with the bill. That is the assessment of current and former federal and congressional staffers and civilian military analysts who spoke...

Analysis: By Sending Troops To The Mexico Border, Trump Repeats a Costly Obama Mistake

October 29, 2018 Donald Trump plans to send 5,000 troops to the country’s southern border, a massive increase from the 800 originally planned, in order to secure legal ports of entry, the Wall Street Journal reports. The troops are expected to remain there through mid-December, as a caravan of migrants seeking asylum from...

How U.S. Law Enforcement Tracked Down Cesar Sayoc Jr. So Quickly

October 29, 2018 Cesar Sayoc Jr. was tracked down swiftly as the FBI joined forces with New York City police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and officers in Florida, Justice Department officials said Friday. The 56-year-old former soccer player is in FBI custody and has been charged with sending bombs to prominent Democrats...

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...