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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

Dec 13 2017

Brazilian senator casts doubt on pension vote this year

BRASILIA A Brazilian Congress vote on a major pension overhaul has been postponed to next year, the government's Senate leader said on Wednesday, although cabinet ministers said they were still looking to hold the vote next week.

Dec 12 2017

EU stalls on new Mercosur trade offers, delaying deal: source

BUENOS AIRES/BRASILIA Trade talks between the European Union and South America's Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year after European negotiators said they needed more time to respond to improved offers, a source close to Mercosur negotiators said on Tuesday.

Dec 12 2017

Brazil appeals court schedules early decision on Lula appeal

BRASILIA A Brazilian appeals court on Tuesday said it would decide on Jan. 24 on an appeal by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against a corruption conviction that could bar him from running in the 2018 presidential race.

Dec 11 2017

Venezuelan migrants pose humanitarian problem in Brazil

BOA VISTA, Brazil Last August, Victor Rivera, a 36-year-old unemployed baker, left his hometown in northern Venezuela and made the two-day journey by road to the remote Amazonian city of Boa Vista, Brazil.

Dec 09 2017

Brazil's PSDB picks Sao Paulo Gov. Alckmin to lead it into 2018 race

BRASILIA The centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party, or PSDB, elected four-time Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin as its leader on Saturday, making him its most likely presidential nominee in next year's elections.

Dec 05 2017

Mercosur sees more than 70 percent chance of EU trade deal: official

BRASILIA South America's Mercosur trade bloc is confident a framework agreement with the European Union will be announced next week despite resistance from farmers in Europe to permit tariff-free beef imports, a Mercosur official said on Tuesday.

Dec 02 2017

Brazil environmentalist Marina Silva to run for president in 2018

BRASILIA Former Brazilian senator and environmental minister Marina Silva said on Saturday that she would seek her party's nomination to run for president next year.

Nov 27 2017

U.N. asks Brazil for peacekeepers for Central African Republic

BRASILIA The United Nations has asked Brazil to send troops to join its peace mission in the Central African Republic, said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the U.N.'s head of peacekeeping operations, in an interview on Monday.

Nov 23 2017

Venezuela's indigenous Warao decamp to uncertain future in Brazil

PACARAIMA, Brazil An indigenous tribe that journeyed hundreds of kilometers to flee the economic crisis in Venezuela has been trapped in limbo near the border in Brazil, after it was moved off the streets of the Amazon city of Manaus.

Nov 08 2017

Brazil moves to dilute unpopular pension reform bill

BRASILIA Brazilian congressional leaders will meet on Thursday to agree on a watered down version of an unpopular pension reform bill after the government conceded it cannot muster enough support for its proposed belt-tightening.

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