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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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Sep 04 2017

Pension reform in Brazil unlikely before 2019: Itaú economist

SAO PAULO Brazil is unlikely to reform its costly pension system before 2019 because President Michel Temer, hobbled by a corruption scandal, is too weak to push the measure through Congress, the chief economist of Brazil's largest bank told Reuters on Monday.

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.

Jun 13 2017

Brazil crisis should not prevent lowering of inflation goal: official

BRASILIA Brazilian President Michel Temer should move ahead with plans to reduce the 2019 inflation goal despite the political crisis that has roiled his government, a member of the administration's economic team told Reuters on Tuesday.

Mar 27 2017

Brazil's Temer resists new tax hikes to meet fiscal goal: source

BRASILIA Brazilian President Michel Temer is resisting calls from his economic team to implement hefty tax hikes to meet the government's fiscal deficit goal this year, an official familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Mar 27 2017

Brazil mulls tax hikes of $4.6 bln to meet fiscal goal -source

BRASILIA, March 27 The Brazilian government is considering 14 billion reais ($4.6 billion) in tax increases and a spending freeze of 30 billion reais for this year to meet its key fiscal savings goal, a government source said on Monday.

Apr 20 2016

Brazil bank lobby chief tops Temer's finance minister list, source says

By Patricia Duarte, Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Eduardo Simões

Mar 11 2016

Brazil cenbank not considering reducing fx swaps stock -source

BRASILIA, March 11 The Brazilian central bank is not considering reducing its currency swaps stock at the moment despite a sharp appreciation of the local currency, a senior member of the government's economic team told Reuters on Friday.

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