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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Jun 22 2017

Brazil top court ruling potentially undercuts Temer investigation

BRASILIA Brazil's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday it has the right to reject plea bargains made in corruption probes, potentially undercutting investigations that have threatened President Michel Temer's government, prosecutors said. A majority of the court said plea bargains, such as those made by dozens of executives at the world's largest meatpacker JBS SA and construction firm Odebrecht [ODBES.UL], could be evaluated by the full court and rejected if they rule that a state's witness lied or withheld information. However, the court ruled that it did not have the right to change the benefits that prosecutors give a person who turns state's witness.

Jun 22 2017

Fate of graft probe rests on Brazil top court vote on plea deals

BRASILIA Brazil's Supreme Court is expected to rule on Thursday whether terms of plea bargains struck in the nation's sweeping corruption probes can be revised by the full court, a move critics worry could sharply weaken the most potent weapon prosecutors wield in rooting out graft.

Jun 22 2017

Fate of graft probe rests on Brazil top court vote on plea deals

BRASILIA, June 22 Brazil's Supreme Court is expected to rule on Thursday whether terms of plea bargains struck in the nation's sweeping corruption probes can be revised by the full court, a move critics worry could sharply weaken the most potent weapon prosecutors wield in rooting out graft.

Jun 20 2017

Brazilian police deliver graft investigation against Temer

BRASILIA Brazil's federal police on Tuesday delivered to a top court justice the bulk of their investigation into allegations that President Michel Temer took bribes in exchange for political favors doled out to the world's largest meatpacker, JBS SA.

May 28 2017

Brazilian prosecutors make new leniency fine offer to J&F

SAO PAULO, May 28 Brazilian federal prosecutors on Sunday made a new offer to JBS SA's controlling shareholder, J&F Investimentos, that it pay a 10.99 billion real ($3.37 billion) fine for its role in massive corruption scandals.

May 19 2017

Brazil plea-bargain testimony says president took $4.6 million in bribes

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA Brazil's top court released plea-bargain testimony on Friday accusing President Michel Temer and his two predecessors of receiving millions of dollars in bribes, the most damaging development yet in a historic political corruption probe.

May 11 2017

Lula graft testimony fails to lift his Brazil presidential hopes

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's combative testimony before a federal judge this week did little to dismantle the graft case against him and improve his chances of securing a new term in office.

Apr 30 2017

Poll shows former Brazilian leader Lula a favourite in 2018 vote

SAO PAULO Brazil's ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remains a favourite for the 2018 presidential election, according to a poll published Sunday, despite the five separate corruption trials he faces.

Apr 28 2017

Brazil protesters, police clash in first general strike in decades

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA Brazilian protesters torched buses, clashed with police in several cities and marched on President Michel Temer's Sao Paulo residence on Friday amid the nation's first general strike in more than two decades. | Video

Apr 28 2017

Brazil faces nationwide strike threatening to paralyze country

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO, April 28 Brazilian unions called nationwide strikes on Friday to protest President Michel Temer's efforts to reduce social security benefits and weaken labor laws, with disruption expected to road and rail transport, factories and schools.

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