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.
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Milan (Reuters Breakingviews) - In the year since Britain voted to leave the European Union, cities as diverse as Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and even scrappy Wroclaw, Poland, have pitched their attractions to banks, investment funds and multinational companies pondering whether to shift all or parts of their operations to the continent. Milan is a relative laggard. But fashionable lateness is a Lombard charm, and there are others that make the Italian city a dark-horse candidate in the race for post-Brexit prominence.
MILAN/LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The list of what ails Uber is long – and has grown longer in virtual lockstep with the tenure of the ride-hailing application's founder, Travis Kalanick. His departure as chief executive amid pressure from other shareholders in the company ends the first leg of Uber's journey from startup to $70 billion enterprise to, eventually, public company. That the private firm was able to jettison its controlling shareholder suggests a small, but welcome, modicum of market discipline in startup world.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump suggested the United States revisit the gold standard. So did his rivals Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Ben Carson. Why are Americans so obsessed with the precious metal, both as a store of value and an investment? James Ledbetter swings by Times Square to discuss his new book, "One Nation Under Gold."
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Infowars came to my hometown three years ago. Dan Bidondi, who identified himself as a reporter for the website that hawks extremist views and fake news, arrived with a video camera at the municipal center of Newtown, Connecticut, to cover a routine Board of Education meeting. Bidondi wasn't interested in hearing how a New England hamlet of 27,000 was dealing with bus schedules or budget priorities.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - General Electric has seen the future: it is both stateless and globalist. With the anointment of John Flannery to succeed Jeffrey Immelt as chief executive, the $255 billion industrial titan appears to be doubling down on a strategy that transcends its American roots. Flannery has spent much of his career engineering growth abroad. He's also no stranger to restructuring.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - It was 50 years ago that the Beatles started one of the greatest industrial booms of the 20th century. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released in the United States on June 2, 1967, kicking off three decades of explosive growth in recorded-music sales. Though the industry has faded in and out, the LP's simple messages still resonate, even in the broader world of business. As Warren Buffett and other executives have argued, if not quite so lyrically, by working together, experimenting and fixing holes, things get better all the time.
SHANGHAI (Reuters Breakingviews) - Ford Motor’s many flubs under Mark Fields were becoming existential for the $43 billion carmaker’s founding family. Two weeks ago, a majority of those shareholders not named Ford voted to abolish the family's super-voting stock. The Fords took the hint, and the chief executive is now leaving. But naming a 62-year-old from the furniture trade to replace him hints at how unprepared the family was for a revolt.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - What would Mike Pence do? That's the question global investors may ponder amid the woes of U.S. President Donald Trump. There is a whiff of impeachment in the air in Washington following the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the FBI's probe into Russian government ties with the real-estate developer's electoral campaign.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Sometime around the age of six, I remember wishing my name was Archibald, or Archie for short. I have never understood why - I didn't even like the Archie comics. With President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, I now have a theory. Archibald Cox (no relation) was the special prosecutor who stood up to Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal, which provided nightly dinner-table conversation at my home back in 1973.
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters Breakingviews) - Amid a crowd of 20,000 technology enthusiasts jammed into the New Orleans convention center, Matt Rogers stands out. And not just for his sunny demeanor and colorful socks. In many ways, the co-founder of Nest Labs is an object of aspiration for the startup kids, venture capitalists and wannabe moguls attending the Collision conference in the Big Easy hoping to capitalize on the next big thing.