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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NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The NYU marketing guru swung by Times Square to discuss what's next for "The Four" tech behemoths - Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook. Among his predictions: one of them will be hit with a $10 bln-plus antitrust fine and Amazon will choose New York for its second headquarters.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - There are two things the next leader of the Federal Reserve must prepare for: a recession and a public beating. The first is a statistical likelihood. The second, however, is a bankable certainty. If there is anything predictable about President Donald Trump, it is his willingness to bully institutions with authority separate from his own. And the U.S. central bank's effectiveness relies on its independence.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Hartford is one of America's poorest cities in one of its richest states. And it's about to get worse for Connecticut's capital as Mayor Luke Bronin wrestles with a fiscal crisis that's likely to end in a bankruptcy filing. Rob Cox dropped in to hear his vision for reviving Hartford.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Procter & Gamble is counting on a variation of America's electoral arithmetic as its best hope for keeping Nelson Peltz off the board of directors. There's no particularly good reason for shareholders to deny the pushy investor, whose hedge fund Trian Partners owns 1.5 percent of the $235 billion diapers-to-shampoo conglomerate, a seat at the table. Yet as at the ballot box, a combination of voter apathy and arcane rules is likely to leave three investors holding all the cards at next Tuesday's annual meeting.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Most savvy American companies learned long ago that hangars full of private jets for personal use by executives paint an easy target for investor activists. So it's puzzling to see Donald Trump's cabinet members flying in the sort of high style formerly associated with tin-eared corporate chieftains. It makes the next personnel decision for the president, famous for his "you're fired" catchphrase, the easiest of his short, tumultuous administration.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Mark Zuckerberg's withdrawal of plans to excrete an inferior class of Facebook shares onto the investing hoi polloi should go down as an extraordinary moment in contemporary American capital markets. But the social network founder's climbdown is not an unalloyed victory for democratic capitalism. Facebook is facing other, existential, challenges that almost certainly rendered Zuckerberg's decision an expedient one. The battle to instill better corporate governance at Silicon Valley's titans will continue to rage.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The National Rifle Association isn't known for the subtlety of its messaging. But in recent months, the leading shill for America's gun industry is sounding shriller than ever. That’s despite unprecedented support from Donald Trump, the first U.S. president to speak at its annual meeting in a generation. "You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you," the commander-in-chief told the NRA's top brass and members in Atlanta in April. "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end."
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Just five minutes before Monday’s solar eclipse, hundreds of beachgoers along the Cape Cod National Seashore were donning special glasses and positioning empty cereal boxes with pinholes in them, tittering with anticipation to see the moon begin to blot out much of the sun. As a result, they missed something far more exciting some 10 yards offshore.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - There is almost nothing that the Trump administration is doing right on tax, trade, immigration, infrastructure, energy or regulatory policy. At least that's the view of economist Jason Furman, who spent eight years working for the previous White House.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Economic boycotts are usually designed to force dramatic change. They deprive enemies of income that can be used to finance armies, feed propaganda machines and sustain populations - with the hope of provoking the target's people to overthrow their leaders. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have followed much of this playbook since early June in their ostracism of Qatar, which they accuse of financing terrorism.