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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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Trump urges change to Senate rule as shutdown enters second day

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for legislation to advance, but top Republicans immediately dismissed the idea.

Jan 20 2018

U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

WASHINGTON The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans, locked in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security, failed to agree on a last-minute deal to fund its operations. | Video

Jan 20 2018

U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

WASHINGTON The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans, locked in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security, failed to agree on a last-minute deal to fund its operations. | Video

Jan 18 2018

Republicans scramble for votes in Congress to keep government open

WASHINGTON The White House on Wednesday threw its support behind a Republican proposal to avert a government shutdown at week's end with a one-month extension in funding, but it was unclear whether there were enough votes to pass it in Congress. | Video

Jan 17 2018

U.S. senators rip Trump over his attacks on the media

WASHINGTON Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake castigated President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his attacks on the media, saying Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and inspired modern-day authoritarians. | Video

Jan 17 2018

U.S. senator compares Trump's attacks on media to Stalin

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 U.S. Senator Jeff Flake on Wednesday castigated President Donald Trump for his attacks on the media, comparing his fellow Republican to former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and charging that Trump inspires modern-day authoritarians.

Jan 16 2018

House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set

WASHINGTON House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children. | Video

Jan 12 2018

Political risk looms over Republicans' welfare tinkering

WASHINGTON Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.

Jan 12 2018

Despite political risk, U.S. Republicans tinker with welfare

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.

Jan 10 2018

'Drain the Swamp' Trump suggests reviving 'earmarks' in Congress

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump unexpectedly suggested on Tuesday that bringing back congressional "earmarks," spending habits that were banished six years ago from the federal budget process, might help an often deadlocked U.S. Congress get things done. | Video

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