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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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - This time AT&T got the law right. A judge cleared the telecom firm’s $85 billion Time Warner purchase, handing the U.S. Department of Justice a comprehensive defeat. It’s a win for Chief Executive Randall Stephenson, but it could come with a winner’s curse.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - On Thursday, a trade standoff turned into the start of a war. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is moving forward with steel and aluminum tariffs on Germany and other exporters. The European Union has threatened tit-for-tat levies against Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Kentucky bourbon, among other goods. That’s a smart tactic: it hits Republican leaders’ political prospects.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The Volcker Rule tweak reveals the cautious streak of the U.S. Federal Reserve under Jerome Powell. Big banks hoping for an overhaul of the proprietary-trading ban will be disappointed by modest revisions that the central bank proposed Wednesday. Compliance costs may fall but Powell’s team, just like its predecessors, doesn’t want Wall Street to go back to its freewheeling ways.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The cut in the U.S. headline rate of corporation tax from 35 percent to 21 percent is a windfall. But to whom? Some companies say they will share the wealth with workers and communities. But there’s less to these claims than meets the eye.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Having just delivered Corporate America its biggest legislative gift ever in the form of sweeping tax cuts, it's only natural that U.S. House Speaker and self-described fiscal geek Paul Ryan might want to consider his next gig. The Wisconsin native's wonkiness wins out over his schmoozer credentials, making a high-profile job on Wall Street or as a K Street lobbyist an unlikely fit. But as this imaginary letter from a potential corporate recruiter suggests, assembling a portfolio of board directorships would be a cinch for the man who cut company taxes down to a slim 21 percent.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The U.S. tax reforms passed by Congress on Wednesday are effectively a giant bet that benefits given to companies and the wealthy will trickle down to average workers. That makes them a big risk for the Republicans who control Congress. Here are five factors to measure the policy’s success.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - A political doomsday is approaching in the United States. Republican and Democratic parties will splinter ahead of the 2018 midterm election, marginalizing moderates. More firebrand politicians increases the chances of government shutdowns, a U.S. debt default and trade wars. The economy would be collateral damage.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Donald Trump’s diagnosis of China's threat to America's economic health is still missing a remedy. In his latest complaint, the U.S. president will slam Beijing’s rising financial might as a national security threat. It may signal coming tariffs related to intellectual property and other issues. At the same time, aides say they need China’s help on North Korea. It doesn't mesh.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Alabama voters ended up putting their anger before economics. Democrat Doug Jones won the U.S. state’s Senate race on Tuesday in a stunning upset. Rival Roy Moore has unique troubles, but President Donald Trump’s approval has also fallen, despite Alabama’s decreasing jobless rate this year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Donald Trump’s rhetoric against the World Trade Organization hurts America first. The U.S. president is no friend to the global trade body, which is hunkering down for its biennial confab. Reforms are needed but America has won most of its complaints, including against China.