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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

Jul 24 2017

WebMD gets second opinion on rollup strategy

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - WebMD's rollup strategy finally got a second opinion. Back in 1999, the online healthcare-information publisher united with another fledging rival in a deal that was backed by Microsoft, Intel and others. KKR is now buying the dot-com survivor for $2.8 billion, far less than the internet-frenzied stock-swap valuation. This fresh merger with Internet Brands may work out better.

Jul 20 2017

Viewsroom: Why U.S. tax reform is doomed, too

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Republicans’ failure to replace Obamacare throws into doubt Washington’s ability to keep other high-profile election promises, not least cutting corporate levies. Meanwhile, President Trump’s fuzzy agenda for reforming NAFTA could give Canada and Mexico more bargaining power.

Jul 17 2017

Netflix triggers shareholders’ Pavlovian response

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Netflix has proved again that it has a way of triggering a Pavlovian response from its shareholders. The video-streaming service on Monday unveiled second-quarter results that show it added more subscribers than expected. It also grew operating income faster than revenue. That sent shares soaring, even though expected profitability falls a long way short of being able to justify the stock’s fairy-tale multiple.

Jul 13 2017

Viewsroom: Elon Musk’s Down-Under wager

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Tesla’s CEO is putting the firm’s reputation, and $50 mln, on the line in a deal to quickly provide energy storage to South Australia. Over in Texas, a battle is brewing between investment icons Warren Buffett and Paul Singer over a long-suffering and oft-wooed energy company.

Jul 11 2017

コラム:FBとグーグルに挑む米新聞業界の「戦術ミス」

[ニューヨーク 10日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS] - 米紙ウォールストリート・ジャーナルやニューヨーク・タイムズらは、インターネット交流サイト(SNS)大手フェイスブックやアルファベット傘下の検索大手グーグルとの戦いにおいて、誤った戦術を追及しつつある。

Jul 06 2017

Viewsroom: How China changed Hong Kong

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - It’s 20 years since the British handed the island and adjacent territory back to the mainland. Breakingviews’ Asia columnists explain how Hong Kong’s economy and society have changed and ask whether this once-dominant regional financial center can regain some of its lost luster.

Jun 29 2017

Viewsroom: Blue Apron’s debut leaves bad taste

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The meal-kit delivery firm had an unappetizing IPO, barely opening above its much-reduced price of $10 a share. Investors are starting to wise up to fluffy concoctions with little meat. The more discerning environment will make it difficult for half-baked companies with high risk. Listen to the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/reuters/blue-aprons-debut-leaves-bad

Jun 27 2017

Cable guys' Sprint lurch bound for crossed wires

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - A lurch by U.S. cable giants Comcast and Charter Communications into mobile telephony is bound for crossed wires. The two dominant operators are in talks with wireless carrier Sprint that may include a range of options from the use of airwaves to an outright acquisition. Wherever they end up, a ménage-à-trois involving moguls John Malone, Brian Roberts and Masayoshi Son is likely to be ungainly.

Jun 22 2017

Viewsroom: Helping Uber hail a new CEO

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Filling departed founder Travis Kalanick’s seat is no easy task, so we offer some suggestions. Elsewhere, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ seemingly crazy $13.7 bln offer for struggling grocer Whole Foods has some logic. Anbang lands in hot water in China. And the lure of 100-year debt.

Jun 15 2017

Viewsroom: We need to talk about Uber 2.0

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Attempts to jump-start the ride-hailing app’s toxic culture stalled after board member and TPG founder David Bonderman’s sexist joke at a company meeting about sexism. The UK grapples with Brexit under a hung parliament. And could a Chinese invasion solve the North Korea problem?

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