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Jonathan Stempel

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

Sep 20 2017

Tusk-smuggling case ends in prison for Canadian ex-mountie :U.S. judge

A retried Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was sentenced on Wednesday by a U.S. judge to five years and two months in prison, after pleading guilty to 10 money laundering charges related to a scheme to smuggle Arctic narwhal tusks.

Sep 20 2017

U.S. expects Madoff $4 billion fund payout to start this year

NEW YORK The U.S. government expects this year to begin payouts from a $4 billion fund for Bernard Madoff's victims, ending their nearly nine-year wait to begin recouping losses from his Ponzi scheme.

Sep 20 2017

Buffett calls pessimists about United States 'out of their mind'

NEW YORK Uncertainty about how the United States will cope with growing tumult in the world has not dampened Warren Buffett's optimism for the country's prospects over the long term -- even 100 years into the future.

Sep 19 2017

Judge says Texas mortgage companies owe $296.3 mln to U.S. government

NEW YORK, Sept 19 A federal judge ordered two Texas-based mortgage companies and their chief executive to pay $296.3 million to the U.S. government after a jury found them liable for inducing the government into insuring risky home loans, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

Sep 19 2017

Lawsuit over debunked Rolling Stone rape article revived on appeal

NEW YORK A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a defamation lawsuit brought by three University of Virginia graduates against Rolling Stone magazine over a now-retracted article describing an alleged gang rape at their fraternity.

Sep 18 2017

Wine maven Kurniawan, convicted of fraud, loses bid for freedom

The convicted Indonesian wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan on Monday failed to persuade a U.S. judge to set aside his 10-year prison term for counterfeiting an estimated $30 million of wine.

Sep 18 2017

Ex-SAC trader says he forgot facts, seeks to void insider trading plea

NEW YORK A former trader at billionaire Steven A. Cohen's former hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors LP wants to withdraw his 2013 insider trading guilty plea, saying he had forgotten about two instant messages that show he committed no crime.

Sep 18 2017

Ex-SAC trader says he forgot the facts, seeks to void insider trading plea

NEW YORK, Sept 18 A former trader at billionaire Steven A. Cohen's former hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors LP wants to withdraw his insider trading guilty plea, saying he had forgotten about two instant messages that show he committed no crime.

Sep 15 2017

Dr. Seuss company loses fight to block 'parody' of 'Grinch'

NEW YORK A New York playwright has convinced a federal judge that his new play is a parody of Dr. Seuss' classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" and that in this legal fight, he was in the right.

Sep 15 2017

U.S. judge will not dismiss accused Mexican drug lord El Chapo's indictment

NEW YORK A U.S. judge on Friday rejected an effort by Joaquin Guzman, the accused Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo," to dismiss a massive international narcotics conspiracy indictment on the ground he was extradited improperly to Brooklyn.

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