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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

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U.S. plans to allow contentious elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe

Hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe can now bring trophies of their hunt back to the United States under a new rule proposed by the Trump administration that outraged animal activists but the White House said was the result of review ordered in 2014.

Nov 15 2017

Mourners of Texas church shooting victims urged to move beyond anger

FLORESVILLE, Texas A family that lost members of three generations when a man with an assault weapon opened fire at a rural Texas church this month asked about 3,000 mourners at a funeral on Wednesday to bask in the love the victims showed and not dwell in anger.

Nov 14 2017

Arkansas town reaches settlement in 'debtors' prison' lawsuit

An Arkansas town has agreed not to jail defendants who cannot afford to pay court fees after it was sued by civil rights groups who charged it ran what amounted to a modern-day debtors' prison.

Nov 09 2017

Pastor may demolish Texas church where massacre took place

AUSTIN, Texas The pastor of a rural Texas church sprayed with gunfire in a shooting rampage that killed 26 people is considering demolishing the building and putting a memorial in its place, a Southern Baptist Convention official said on Thursday.

Nov 09 2017

Pence pays tribute to fallen and heroes from Texas massacre

FLORESVILLE, Texas U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled on Wednesday to rural southeastern Texas, where he paid tribute to the victims and heroes from a church massacre that stands as the deadliest gun violence ever committed in a U.S. place of worship. | Video

Nov 09 2017

Texas church gunman escaped mental facility in 2012 while facing court-martial

The former U.S. serviceman who committed the deadliest mass shooting on record in Texas escaped from a mental hospital in 2012 as he faced court-martial on domestic violence charges for which he was later convicted, a police report revealed on Tuesday. | Video

Nov 09 2017

U.S. Vice President Pence pays tribute to fallen and heroes from Texas massacre

FLORESVILLE, Texas U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travelled on Wednesday to rural southeastern Texas, where he paid tribute to the victims and heroes from a church massacre that stands as the deadliest gun violence ever committed in a U.S. place of worship.

Nov 09 2017

A Texas school is devastated by church shooting

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas It was heartbreaking for Jennifer Berrones to explain to her 7-year-old daughter Kaylee that her friend and classmate Emily was not coming back to school after Sunday's church massacre in rural Texas.

Nov 08 2017

Texas church gunman escaped mental facility in 2012 while facing court-martial

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas The former U.S. serviceman who committed the deadliest mass shooting on record in Texas escaped from a mental hospital in 2012 as he faced court-martial on domestic violence charges for which he was later convicted, a police report revealed on Tuesday. | Video

Nov 08 2017

Family strife, threats preceded Texas church massacre by former U.S. airman

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas A former U.S. serviceman who shot 26 worshipers to death during Sunday prayers in Texas was embroiled in a domestic dispute with his in-laws and had sent threatening text messages to his wife's mother before the massacre, officials said Monday. | Video

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