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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

Jun 28 2018

Commentary: Are central banks embracing too much risk?

Central banks are usually thought of as very conservative institutions; if they were cars they would safe, family sedans. Lately, though, some central banks have been doing the market equivalent of zipping around in a sporty convertible. In recent years, at least two large central banks have been snapping up large quantities of equities, typically considered a risky investment.

Sep 11 2013

Column: New York's election suggests the waning of identity politics

To most Americans, the results of New York City's local elections don't matter much and often shouldn't. Yes, there are City Hall occupants who manage to command a national stage, notably incumbent Mike Bloomberg, but in the 2013 race there have been no candidates even approaching his stature (or his wealth). The candidate who received the most votes in Tuesday's primary, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, is unknown outside New York City and until recently not well known inside it.

Dec 13 2011

Is Rick Santorum’s favorite Marxist quote for real?

Which is stranger: the idea that on the campaign trail GOP presidential longshot Rick Santorum cites favorably a quotation from a quasi-Marxist social critic? Or that the quotation itself might be spurious?

Nov 14 2011

Perrier wants to tell you where to go out tonight

It's rare to see a site that blends marketing and editorial like the Web site Société Perrier, which describes itself as "a global source for everything interesting in art, music, fashion, travel, nightlife and cocktail culture."

Oct 13 2011

Wait, now the right hates General Electric?

Sarah Palin has charged that GE has become “the poster child of corporate welfare and crony capitalism.” When Newt Gingrich attacked GE for paying no taxes during the Tea Party-sponsored presidential debate last month, the audience applauded—twice. How did a venerable left-wing target become an apparently convenient right-wing target?

Aug 08 2011

Think Singapore is a “low-tax” haven? Think again

In this recent video, David Cay Johnston examines the notion, often heard from U.S. politicians, that Singapore is a model of low taxation.


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