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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

Oct 27 2017

Brazil sees pension bill as 'starting point' in renewed talks

BRASILIA Brazil's government is sticking with its current pension reform proposal but reckons that a final decision on what could be approved and when will be up to Congress, the country's pensions secretary told Reuters on Friday.

Oct 10 2017

Head of Brazil's central bank defends bank bail-out bill

BRASILIA The head of Brazil's central bank on Tuesday defended a bill allowing the government to partially bail-out struggling banks as another step in efforts to strengthen the financial sector.

Oct 04 2017

Brazil's Meirelles has hired media team ahead of 2018 election: sources

BRASILIA Brazil's Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles has hired social media experts to boost his image ahead of the 2018 election, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday, the strongest sign yet that the former banker is seriously eyeing a run for president.

Aug 15 2017

Brazil softens budget deficit goals through 2020

BRASILIA Brazil's government loosened its budget targets for all years through 2020 on Tuesday, delaying prospects for a drop in the federal deficit after legislators repeatedly refused to raise taxes in the recession-hit economy.

Aug 10 2017

Brazil likely to raise 2017-18 budget gap goals to 159 billion reais: sources

BRASILIA Brazil will probably raise its budget deficit targets for 2017 and 2018 in an announcement planned for Monday, to cope with lower than expected tax revenues in its slow economic recovery, government sources said on Thursday.

Aug 09 2017

Brazil central bank sees rate cuts despite stronger job market

BRASILIA Brazil's job market has recovered slightly faster than expected after a deep recession, but that should not prevent the central bank from cutting interest rates in coming months, bank president Ilan Goldfajn told Reuters on Wednesday.

Jul 20 2017

Brazil raises taxes, freezes spending to meet target

BRASILIA Brazil's government on Thursday increased a spending freeze and raised taxes to cover a budget gap this year, reinforcing its commitment to fiscal discipline but dealing a potential blow to fragile economic growth.

Jul 19 2017

Brazil expects to raise $3.2 billion this year from tax hikes: sources

BRASILIA Brazil is likely to announce higher taxes on gasoline on Thursday to help meet this year's budget target during a slow economic recovery, a government source said.

Jul 19 2017

Brazil mulls gasoline tax hike on Thursday -sources

BRASILIA, July 19 Brazil is considering higher taxes on gasoline to help meet this year's budget target during a slow economic recovery, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Jul 10 2017

Brazil not discussing BNDES rate change: minister

BRASILIA Brazil's government is not discussing changes to a new benchmark interest rate proposed for state development bank BNDES despite recent criticism by the bank's recently appointed president, Planning Minister Dyogo Oliveira told Reuters on Monday.

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