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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WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - AT&T has unintentionally thrown a bone to the U.S. antitrust watchdog. The Justice Department faces high hurdles in appealing a harsh ruling that cleared the telecom group’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. But AT&T may be a little too complacent: it raised some customer prices.
HONG KONG, WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Enter the trade war corporate welfare state. As China and the United States ratchet up tariffs, politicians are trying to reassure anxious executives with talk of targeted exemptions and subsidies. That just leads to unhealthy and lasting government influence over industry.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - America’s "Back to the Future" trade war lacks Ronald Reagan’s vision. President Donald Trump is using 1980s tactics to hit China with tariffs. The Gipper did the same thing to curb Japanese chips, computers and TVs. But Reagan also helped kick off global talks that created the World Trade Organization.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Donald Trump gives his team too long a leash when it comes to shady behavior. Scott Pruitt survived a rash of ethics scandals before finally resigning as head of the U.S. environmental watchdog on Thursday. His departure shows there are limits, but others facing questions, like commerce chief Wilbur Ross, needn’t worry yet: the bar is high.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Businesses will cheer the prospect of another conservative on the Supreme Court, but it has a dangerous downside. U.S. President Donald Trump gets to name a replacement for Anthony Kennedy, who said on Wednesday he will retire from the nine-member panel. It’s Trump’s second pick for the Supreme Court – and it could cause lasting damage.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - This time AT&T got the law right. A judge cleared the telecom firm’s $85 billion Time Warner purchase, handing the U.S. Department of Justice a comprehensive defeat. It’s a win for Chief Executive Randall Stephenson, but it could come with a winner’s curse.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - On Thursday, a trade standoff turned into the start of a war. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is moving forward with steel and aluminum tariffs on Germany and other exporters. The European Union has threatened tit-for-tat levies against Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Kentucky bourbon, among other goods. That’s a smart tactic: it hits Republican leaders’ political prospects.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The Volcker Rule tweak reveals the cautious streak of the U.S. Federal Reserve under Jerome Powell. Big banks hoping for an overhaul of the proprietary-trading ban will be disappointed by modest revisions that the central bank proposed Wednesday. Compliance costs may fall but Powell’s team, just like its predecessors, doesn’t want Wall Street to go back to its freewheeling ways.
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Having just delivered Corporate America its biggest legislative gift ever in the form of sweeping tax cuts, it's only natural that U.S. House Speaker and self-described fiscal geek Paul Ryan might want to consider his next gig. The Wisconsin native's wonkiness wins out over his schmoozer credentials, making a high-profile job on Wall Street or as a K Street lobbyist an unlikely fit. But as this imaginary letter from a potential corporate recruiter suggests, assembling a portfolio of board directorships would be a cinch for the man who cut company taxes down to a slim 21 percent.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The cut in the U.S. headline rate of corporation tax from 35 percent to 21 percent is a windfall. But to whom? Some companies say they will share the wealth with workers and communities. But there’s less to these claims than meets the eye.