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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TOKYO (Reuters Breakingviews) - Prime Minister Najib Razak says his 2018 “mother of all budgets” will propel Malaysia into the ranks of the world’s top economies. Its $1.5 billion of handouts will enrich farmers, fishermen, rubber traders and other interests. In terms of upgrading competitiveness, it falls woefully short.
TOKYO (Reuters Breakingviews) - For Abenomics fans, the results of Japan’s snap election Sunday were sweet. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition has retained a two-thirds "super majority," paving the way for him to become the nation’s longest-serving leader.
TOKYO (Reuters Breakingviews) - Few central banks have been busier over the last 22 months than Indonesia’s. Despite eight easing moves, however, growth is stuck at 5 percent, lagging China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam. Consumer spending was down an average 1.1 percent in July and August year-on-year.
TOKYO (Reuters Breakingviews) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has a bright future with Cirque du Soleil, if he can keep balance on the world's thinnest diplomatic high wire. So far his attempts to juggle competing demands from Beijing and Washington aren't paying off. Both are using the North Korean crisis to score trade concessions. Moon should get off the high wire and pursue a third way: teaming up with Japan and other Asian powers.