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David Callahan

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

Jan 12 2012

To bridge the deficit, collect some taxes

A new study shows the U.S. government is losing hundreds of billions a year in uncollected taxes. If Republicans were serious about reducing debt, they'd help the IRS go after tax cheats by increasing its budget rather than working to slash it.

Nov 24 2011

A new party won’t necessarily be more pure than our existing two

One irritating thing about rich people nowadays is their boundless faith that they can solve society’s most daunting problems – whether it’s underperforming schools or the AIDS epidemic. Yet just because someone made a bundle trading stocks or developing software doesn’t mean they’re equally brilliant in other areas.

Nov 09 2011

We won’t save money by cutting education

The more we prepare young people to be productive and create wealth, the more we will shield seniors from hardship down the line.

Oct 27 2011

The income mobility myth

Top Republicans have a simple answer to surging public concern about America’s vast wealth divide: More income mobility. Too bad it won’t work.

Oct 14 2011

The politics of America’s wealth chasm

Economic inequality – the meta concern of the Wall Street protesters – is not an issue that typically gets much traction in American politics. Suddenly, though, the rich are once more under attack, with protesters even marching this week on the swanky Upper East Side digs of JP Morgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon. What happened?

Oct 05 2011

Occupy Wall Street’s message: more than a sound bite

If you’re like most people who are uneasy with the outsized power of finance, chances are you can’t boil down your concerns to a pithy sound bite. So why is there such ridicule of the protesters “occupying” Wall Street for lacking a coherent message?

Sep 27 2011

The reason the GOP keeps sticking up for the wealthy

With polls showing strong public support for tax hikes on the rich, Republicans should hardly relish a fight with President Obama over “class warfare.” And yet, for weeks, GOP leaders have been bashing the White House for a tax plan that affects just 2 percent of U.S. households and lets the rest of us off the hook.

Sep 22 2011

Why the wealthy don’t object to Obama’s “class warfare”

Here in the egalitarian paradise of the United States, there is apparently nothing worse than “class warfare” – which is why Republicans are trying to affix this damning label to President Obama’s new plan to raise taxes on the rich. One hitch, though, is that the billionaire Warren Buffett is not alone in his willingness to pay higher taxes.

Sep 09 2011

The jobs proposal ignores economics

It’s a cruel fact for millions of unemployed Americans that the jobs plan President Obama unveiled last night will never be fully enacted by Congress. What’s even crueler, though, is that the least effective elements of the plan have the best chance of passage.


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