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 feud between President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump over steel tariffs threatens to turn other emerging markets cold. Breakingviews columnists discuss the global impact of Turkey’s currency meltdown. Plus: A bad bank in China gets whacked by political risk.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Elon Musk has revealed a bit about his mooted buyout of Tesla, and a lot about himself. On Monday he explained why he thinks a $59 billion take-private deal is doable, and claimed that the Saudis want to finance it. But the way he has handled disclosures confirms how ill-suited he is for his public role.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - CEO Elon Musk’s tweet about wanting to take the company private is causing a stir. Unorthodoxy aside, its volatile boss and weak corporate governance means Tesla is better off the public roads. Plus, Pakistan’s likely new leader Imran Khan will have to go hat in hand to the IMF.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Elon Musk has set up a new diversion for the electric-car maker he runs. On Tuesday he announced on Twitter he is “considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” That’s not as big a long shot as it might sound. But a buyout would have to be short on leverage.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - That’s what CEO Les Moonves gets if he leaves the U.S. TV network – unless fired for cause. That’s rare in corporate America. But allegations he sexually harassed women put the board on the spot. Plus: Hong Kong battles the Big Apple for IPOs. And China faces a vaccine scandal.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Elon Musk has eked out some breathing space for Tesla. The $50 billion electric-car maker burned less cash last quarter. It also started cutting 9 percent of its workforce. Along with producing more Model 3s, the company's volatile chief executive reckons that should turn the company profitable in the second half of the year.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The sudden death of Fiat Chrysler’s CEO has robbed the car industry of one its most colorful – and successful – leaders. Antony Currie, Rob Cox and Lisa Jucca look back over his 14 years at the wheel and discuss what’s on the road ahead for his successor Mike Manley.
NEW YORK/MILAN (Reuters Breakingviews) - Sergio Marchionne leaves a massive sweater to fill. Fiat Chrysler's board replaced him as chief executive on Saturday after complications from recent surgery caused his health to deteriorate. His successor, Mike Manley, runs Jeep – the Italian-American automaker's most profitable brand that's also at the core of Fiat's new five-year plan. That ought to provide continuity. But without Marchionne at the wheel, 30 billion-euro Fiat may be a more attractive takeover target.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The search firm can easily cover the EU’s $5 bln fine for using its Android phone system to stymie rivals. But the order to stop forcing handset makers to pre-install its software could clip innovation. Plus: Goldman Sachs and Tesla put lackluster corporate governance on show.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - James Gorman has greeted the new boss at Goldman Sachs by showing him a clean pair of heels. Morgan Stanley’s chief executive beat his own earnings target again in the latest quarter – and his downtown rival’s returns, too, after stripping out surprisingly lower pay. It’s yet more confirmation that Gorman has built a strong business worthy of commanding a higher multiple than its old adversary.