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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.

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Jan 01 2018

U.S. military to accept transgender recruits on Monday: Pentagon

WASHINGTON Transgender people will be allowed for the first time to enlist in the U.S. military starting on Monday as ordered by federal courts, the Pentagon said on Friday, after President Donald Trump's administration decided not to appeal rulings that blocked his transgender ban. | Video

Dec 29 2017

Mattis sees larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that he expected to see a larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria, including contractors and diplomats, as the fight against Islamic State militants nears its end and the focus turns toward rebuilding and ensuring the militants do not return.

Dec 27 2017

Coalition has no plans to target Islamic State in Syrian government-controlled areas

WASHINGTON Despite saying that the Syrian government is not doing enough to stop Islamic State militants from moving through its territory, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group does not intend to target militants in those areas, a senior coalition official said on Wednesday.

Dec 23 2017

Myanmar, accused of crackdown, invited to U.S.-Thai military exercise

WASHINGTON The Myanmar military, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority, has been invited back as an observer in a major multinational military exercise next year led by the United States and Thailand.       

Dec 11 2017

U.S. military must accept transgender recruits by Jan. 1, judge rules

Transgender recruits will be able to join the U.S. military as of Jan. 1 after a federal judge on Monday denied a request by President Donald Trump's administration to enforce his ban on transgender troops while the government appeals an order blocking it. | Video

Dec 05 2017

Yemen humanitarian situation likely to worsen with Saleh death: Mattis

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh would, in the short term, likely worsen an already dire humanitarian situation in the country.

Dec 04 2017

U.S. defense chief urges Pakistan to redouble efforts against militants

ISLAMABAD U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met Pakistan's civilian and military leaders on Monday and urged them to "redouble" their efforts to rein in militants accused of using the country as a base to carry out attacks in neighboring Afghanistan.

Dec 02 2017

Mattis eyes moving away from arming Syrian Kurdish fighters

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that as offensive operations against Islamic State in Syria entered their final stages, he expected the focus to move towards holding territory instead of arming Syrian Kurdish fighters. | Video

Nov 28 2017

U.S. Air Force failed to report dozens of cases to gun database

WASHINGTON The U.S. Air Force said on Tuesday there were at least several dozen cases of serious crimes involving its personnel which it failed to report to a federal database used by licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on firearms purchasers.

Nov 28 2017

U.S. general sees no change in Pakistan behavior despite Trump tough line

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan's support for militants so far, despite President Donald Trump taking a tougher line against Islamabad.

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