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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

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Venezuela evangelical candidate pushes Christian values in midst of crisis

CARACAS A Venezuelan evangelical pastor who is running for president said on Wednesday that religious leaders have earned the right to enter politics in Latin America due to the failure of politicians in the region, where Protestant candidates are on the rise.

Feb 16 2018

Hyperinflation meets tech: Cash-scarce Venezuela sees boom in payment apps

CARACAS Widerven Villegas and his brother wash some 30 cars a day at a parking lot in Caracas. Despite charging less than 50 cents, nobody pays them in cash. | Video

Feb 07 2018

Venezuela sets presidential vote for April 22 after talks crumble

CARACAS Venezuela on Wednesday set a presidential election for April 22 after mediation talks between the leftist government and an opposition coalition collapsed, setting the stage for the likely re-election of President Nicolas Maduro.

Jan 29 2018

Venezuela's Maduro launches election campaign with more reggaeton, less Chavez

CARACAS Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, who pitched himself as the "son" of Hugo Chavez to appeal to voters ahead of his 2013 presidential win, has all but scrubbed mention of the late socialist leader from his campaign for re-election this year.

Jan 24 2018

Venezuela's presidential battle begins, Maduro favorite

CARACAS Venezuela's presidential election race has begun with favorite and incumbent Nicolas Maduro signaling a nationalist, "anti-Trump" campaign while his demoralized foes scramble to find a viable candidate for a vote they predict will be unfair. | Video

Jan 24 2018

Venezuela's presidential battle begins, Maduro favorite

CARACAS Venezuela's presidential election race was underway on Wednesday, with favorite and incumbent Nicolas Maduro signaling an "anti-Trump" platform while demoralized foes scrambled for a candidate and feared an unfair vote.

Jan 15 2018

Venezuela says five 'terrorists' arrested, others killed after shootout

CARACAS Venezuelan authorities on Monday arrested five members of a "terrorist cell" linked to self-proclaimed rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez, and killed several other militants during a shootout in a poor area outside Caracas.

Dec 07 2017

Global murder hot spot? No problem, let's stroll around Caracas!

CARACAS The murder and kidnap rates rival a war zone. Streets often shake to violent political protests. The poor scavenge garbage for food, while the rich go around with armored cars and bodyguards. | Video

Nov 10 2017

Venezuelan crisis spawns boom in gambling

Players line up beside a small kiosk in a poor neighborhood to choose animals in a lottery game that has become a craze in Venezuela even as the oil-rich country suffers a fourth year of brutal recession. | Video

Oct 30 2017

Major Venezuelan opposition parties to boycott local polls

CARACAS Three of Venezuela's largest opposition parties vowed on Monday to boycott mayoral polls later this year in protest at an election system they say is biased in favor of President Nicolas Maduro's ruling socialists.

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