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
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The wedding-industrial complex tries to convince couples to celebrate their nuptials every year with a traditional gift. The quality of each present increases with longevity. In year one it’s just paper for the spouse. After 50 it’s glittering gold, and so on. The same could be said for commemorating financial crises: The further away from the anniversary, the more valuable the lesson to be learned.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - After vacillating for years, Facebook, Apple, Alphabet and other Silicon Valley stalwarts finally took the hateful rantings of Alex Jones and Infowars off their platforms. As private companies with standards - they call them “community”, not editorial - to uphold, that’s their right. But their actions, seemingly in concert, raise fresh regulatory and business risks.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - After reading a Breakingviews column in January arguing that Sergio Marchionne’s successor as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive would struggle to defend the car maker’s lead when he retired, Marchionne fired off an email: “This is considered thinking?” It was the kind of challenge I had come to expect since first interviewing him in 2006.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - In the 126 years after Thomas Edison established General Electric, it became too unwieldy to manage effectively, insufficiently accountable to stakeholders and financially undisciplined. New boss John Flannery’s solution is to break GE up, creating “simpler, stronger and more focused” companies from the once-sprawling industrial and financial conglomerate. If GE can do that, why not the United States of America?
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Donald Trump has many fans among the world’s great democracies. He has admirers in the parliaments of France, the Netherlands, Germany and Japan. But no government of a developed country has mimicked the U.S. president’s iconoclastic communications style, broken conventions and put forward radical economic, trade and immigration policies like the new Caesars ruling Italy.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Carlo Cottarelli talks about how he nearly led a caretaker government after President Sergio Mattarella last month rejected a euroskeptic finance minister put forward by the parties that won March elections. The former IMF economist has some advice for Italy’s new bosses.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters Breakingviews) - The marriage of politics and finance in Italy regularly produces strange offspring. But a suggestion, floated over the weekend in the country’s most-respected newspaper, of a James Bond-style plot by some big investors to sink Italian financial markets added a new twist. More curious was the theory’s abrupt disappearance by Monday. The episode highlights the degree to which Europe’s most chaos-resilient economy has entered a risky new paradigm with the arrival of the most populist government since the Italian Republic’s founding in 1946.
MILAN (Reuters Breakingviews) - Italy’s new government says it’s not quitting the euro. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, speaking to the parliament that gave him the nod earlier this week, said his administration had no plans to leave the single currency: “We have to reiterate it, leaving the euro has never been considered and it is not being considered.” Not everyone is taking Conte at his word.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - It has been years since a daily email from Gawker graced my inbox. Sometimes I feel my days could be brightened by one of the now-defunct website’s absurd stories, like “How Did a Juggalette End Up Twerking on This Guy's Enormous Belly?” A potential buyer of the brand might revive it out of bankruptcy to focus on positive news. But mostly, the world is a better place without Gawker reporting on the sex lives of public figures, like wrestler Hulk Hogan, and private citizens alike.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Ever since 1633 when Galileo was found guilty of heresy for arguing the earth rotates around the sun, the Catholic Church has gotten a bad rap over its approach to science. So it’s somewhat surprising to see a group of nuns and church officials leading a campaign to harness technology and science to help resolve America’s tragically exceptional level of gun violence.