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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In a joint press conference that followed Monday’s closed-door summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president refused to blame the Russian president for any meddling in the 2016 presidential election, accepted Putin’s denial of interference – and cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies, just two days after a federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian military officers for conspiring to interfere with the election.
Podcast: The growing rift between Trump and his intelligence agencies, and why it’s cause for concern
Even before he took office, Donald Trump was denigrating the U.S. intelligence community – in large part because of its investigation into Russian influence on the presidential election, which challenged the integrity of his victory. That relationship has continued to sour, through Trump’s controversial speech at CIA headquarters and his attack on leaks that helped lead to National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation.
FBI Director James Comey, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and other witnesses are expected to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday in the first public hearing on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The U.S.-backed offensive to crush Islamic State in its last major stronghold in Iraq has entered its second month – and the battle to retake the city is making slow progress. Opponents of the hardline Sunni group sought finally to seal off Mosul from all sides after an elite army unit, the Counter Terrorism Service, breached the city's eastern limits two weeks ago. But other army units have yet to enter from the northern and the southern sides.
A Reuters Special Report explores how Islamic State fighters are operating in besieged Mosul. Text messages from inside the Iraqi city, along with interviews with senior Kurdish officials and recently captured Islamic State fighters, offer an unusually detailed picture of the extremist group and its leader's “intemperate” state of mind as militants make what may be their last stand in Iraq.
The fight for Mosul is fraught with risks. The long-awaited battle began Monday morning, when U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces launched an offensive to drive Islamic State from Iraq’s second-largest city and the group’s last major stronghold in Iraq. It is the biggest operation in Iraq since the 2003 American-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
On Thursday the Syrian government and its allies conducted air strikes on a hospital in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, killing 27 people. The victims included three children and the city’s last remaining pediatrician.
There’s also a risk that wiping out an entire species could have unintended consequences, and a negative impact up and down the food chain.
There is no law that would require you to put out your cigarette. When we have contact with the police, there are ways to escalate and de-escalate the situation. Bland clearly was annoyed that the trooper was asking her to do that.
On Thursday Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, with 298 people on board, was shot down over Grabovo, Ukraine, by what officials have described as a Russian-made antiaircraft missile. As investigators uncover details of the attack -- including the origins of the missile -- Russian President Vladimir Putin’s role in the Ukraine crisis will come under renewed scrutiny.