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
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Turkey’s currency crisis was easy to predict. What is more surprising is how weak the global response has been. The old world financial order is badly missed.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The Great Moderation – snicker, snort. Surely, the idea that modern economies have no need for economic cycles was killed off by the great financial crisis of 2008. Like the “end of history” proclaimed after the fall of the Soviet Union, this notion seems to belong in the dictionary of utopian follies.
DANVILLE, Vermont (Reuters Breakingviews) - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a poster child for radical left-wing politics in the United States. The young New York candidate for the House of Representatives has a small army of enthusiastic fans, who last month helped her win the Democratic nomination over an established veteran.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - It’s time for governments to accept a basic truth of the 21st century political economy: Children are an economic drag for parents. Political authorities can take some comfort, however. Low birth rates do not cause serious economic problems.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Sports fans consider the World Cup to be a showcase of bitter competitive rivalry. Passions run so high that the soccer championship sometimes seems like a substitute for war. Yet the matches are basically peaceful. Moreover, the ritual conflicts are merely the visible surface of a great structure built on strong and deep foundations of cooperation. This combination of sharing and fighting has a parallel in the economy – competitive markets.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The euro is doomed. That claim was first made as soon as a European single currency was officially suggested in 1970. Predictions of disaster have come steadily ever since. The actual appearance of the currency in virtual form in 1999, the euro zone banking crisis that started in 2010, and now a new eurosceptic Italian government have all spurred warnings of inevitable woe.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - As an American political story, the surprise victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a New York Democratic Party primary election is a pretty big deal. But the 28-year-old Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx may have done something even more impressive than win against a better-funded incumbent. She may have discovered, or rediscovered, a key to substantial social and economic change.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Tayyip Erdogan has done what all authoritarian leaders want to do – he has won an unfair election. His Sunday victory in Turkey’s presidential ballot, under the new constitution he devised, makes him a near-absolute leader. Of course, he still cannot overpower global financial markets or economic reality. But the economy is a secondary concern to him – as it is to other “will of the people” leaders.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Societies work best if everyone helps out. Two new studies suggest that many big companies in developed economies are shirking. They are taking too much in profit and paying too little in tax.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Is it time for Rome to leave the euro in order to take back control of its fiscal policy? Both parties in the new Italian government have been flirting with that idea for some time. The right-wing League has nationalist reasons, while the radical 5-Star Movement has more nihilist motives. Does returning to the lira make any sense?