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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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Dec 08 2017

Trump signs temporary spending bill as budget talks intensify

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation to fund the federal government for two weeks, giving congressional negotiators more time to work out budget priorities through next September and other thorny policy matters.

Dec 08 2017

Franken and Franks resign as misconduct charges batter Congress

WASHINGTON U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday after facing a series of sexual misconduct allegations, and Republican Representative Trent Franks also said he was stepping down as he too was hit with ethics charges. | Video

Dec 07 2017

Congress averts government shutdown for now

WASHINGTON The U.S. Congress moved rapidly on Thursday to send President Donald Trump a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown this weekend, leaving fights over budget priorities and a range of other controversial issues for the coming weeks. | Video

Dec 07 2017

Under pressure, Democratic U.S. Senator Franken to address calls to step down

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 Democratic Senator Al Franken will announce his decision to remain in or resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday after facing intense pressure from members of his own party to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Dec 06 2017

Trump warns of government shutdown threat ahead of meeting with lawmakers

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday again raised the possibility of a U.S. government shutdown - blaming Democrats for that possible outcome - one day before he is due to host Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on spending bills. | Video

Dec 06 2017

Democrats flex muscles as Congress confronts a government shutdown

WASHINGTON Democrats have a rare chance to win major concessions in a U.S. Congress they do not control by taking advantage of a battle within the Republican Party over keeping the government open. | Video

Dec 05 2017

U.S. Democrats flex muscles as Congress confronts a government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 Democrats have a rare chance to win major concessions in a U.S. Congress they do not control by taking advantage of a battle within the Republican Party over keeping the government open.

Nov 30 2017

Conyers defiant as Democratic leaders call on him to resign

WASHINGTON The three top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called on Democratic congressman John Conyers on Thursday to resign in light of the sexual harassment allegations he faces, but Conyers' attorney said he was not thinking of stepping down.

Nov 30 2017

Trump's call for military buildup hits bump in Congress

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump's push for a major military buildup suffered a setback on Thursday when the House of Representatives put plans on hold to fully fund the federal government through next Sept. 30 and instead resorted to temporary measures freezing spending at current levels.

Nov 29 2017

Democratic Representative Gutierrez hints at 2020 U.S. presidential run

WASHINGTON U.S. Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez, who has announced he will not seek re-election to Congress in 2018, said on Wednesday he wanted to concentrate his energies "on the national level" and indicated he might be interested in a presidential run in 2020.

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