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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 04 2018

Breakingviews - Starbucks boss seeks smoother second shot at exit

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Howard Schultz is finally quitting Starbucks, the company he built into an iconic $80 billion global coffee brand. He’s turning in his corporate email address and planning new ventures – maybe even running for U.S. president. But he stepped away once before and had to return. If he’s to leave Starbucks for good this time, the coffee chain will need ideas that stay fresher for longer.

May 01 2018

Breakingviews - Squeezed Facebook is set to squeeze others

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Facebook’s developers are worried the newly responsible approach to data confidentiality touted by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will dent their business. Meanwhile WhatsApp co-founder and boss Jan Koum has quit and is leaving Facebook’s board. Users of the encrypted-messaging service may need reassurance they aren’t the $500 billion social network’s next product.

Mar 13 2018

Breakingviews - Rexit shrinks White House talent pool, welcome mat

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - No wonder Rex Tillerson was willing to diverge from his boss on Monday and call out Russia directly for the alleged poisoning of a former double agent living in Britain. The U.S. secretary of state already knew President Donald Trump might sack him, according to press reports. The former chief executive of Exxon Mobil may not have been in Trump’s inner circle. But his exit on Tuesday shrinks the already shallow White House talent pool – and America’s welcome mat to the rest of the world.

Mar 05 2018

Breakingviews - U.S. simplifies Qualcomm decision by complex means

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Washington has waded into Broadcom's effort to buy rival chipmaker Qualcomm for $117 billion. America’s foreign-investment watchdog has told Qualcomm to delay by 30 days its annual shareholder meeting, previously set for Tuesday. The agenda includes director elections that could give board control to nominees of Singapore-based Broadcom. It’s a surprising twist in an already tangled situation. But it may remove a big unknown from the equation.

Feb 09 2018

Breakingviews - Uber’s Waymo deal recasts existential question

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Uber Technologies is handing Waymo at least a partial victory in the driverless-car race. The ride-hailing service is paying Alphabet's self-driving unit $245 million in equity, ending a legal fight over trade secrets. More importantly than the money, though, the settlement recasts an existential question about Uber.

Jan 24 2018

コラム:「FOMO」という仮想通貨の危うい土台

[ニューヨーク 22日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS] - 新規仮想通貨公開(ICO)による資金調達は、これまでに40億ドル(約4420億円)近くに達した。その大半が、ブロックチェーン関連の開発資金集めが名目だ。

Jan 10 2018

Breakingviews - Wells Fargo, Under Armour may attract activists

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Activist investors deployed a record $62 billion campaigning for corporate change in 2017, according to Lazard – more than double the amount a year earlier. They’ll still be at it this year, and among possible targets could be Wells Fargo and Under Armour, according to two informal Breakingviews polls on Tuesday.

Jan 02 2018

Breakingviews - Ant's MoneyGram fail becomes America First symbol

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Jack Ma made early friends with Donald Trump. He visited the U.S. president-elect almost a year ago to tout how his e-commerce giant, Alibaba, could help small American businesses create 1 million new jobs. Now, though, Ma’s Ant Financial offshoot has failed to secure approval for its $1.2 billion purchase of cash-transfer outfit MoneyGram International.

Dec 20 2017

Breakingviews - Five possible triggers of the next market shock

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - What will cause the next market downturn? It takes a catalyst to trigger one, and other reagents to sustain it. Breakingviews runs through a few more and less obvious elements to watch.

Dec 18 2017

Breakingviews - U.S. will miss out on infrastructure again in 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Every week is infrastructure week, the wags in Washington say. But the effort promised by President Donald Trump to revitalize everything from airports to schools to toll roads keeps being pushed back. It will still be up in the air in 2018.

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