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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

14 Dec 2017

U.S. executions edge up in 2017 but stay at decades' low: study

AUSTIN, Texas U.S. executions and new death sentences rose slightly in 2017 from a year ago but remained the lowest in decades as capital punishment has declined in the country, a survey released on Thursday showed.

01 Dec 2017

Ex-priest took confession, then murdered Texas beauty queen: prosecutors

AUSTIN, Texas A former Roman Catholic priest took the confession of a Texas beauty queen, then lured her to a church rectory and killed her, prosecutors said on Thursday to start a trial for a 1960 murder that has been one of state's most notorious cold cases.

01 Dec 2017

Texas congressman will not seek re-election in wake of nude photo

AUSTIN, Texas U.S. Republican Representative Joe Barton of Texas will not seek re-election, his office said in a statement on Thursday, in a decision he made after a nude picture of him appeared on the internet earlier this month.

28 Nov 2017

Ex-priest to stand trial for 1960 murder of Texas beauty queen

AUSTIN, Texas A former Roman Catholic priest is due to stand trial this week on charges he beat, raped and strangled to death a Texas beauty queen nearly 60 years ago after hearing her last confession.

23 Nov 2017

U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

AUSTIN, Texas A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health.

21 Nov 2017

U.S. judge in California blocks Trump's order on sanctuary cities

A federal court judge in California on Monday blocked an executive order from President Donald Trump to deny some federal grants to so-called sanctuary cities, undermining the administration's crackdown on illegal immigration.

16 Nov 2017

Mourners of Texas church shooting victims urged to move beyond anger

FLORESVILLE, Texas A family that lost members of three generations when a man with an assault weapon opened fire at a rural Texas church this month asked about 3,000 mourners at a funeral on Wednesday to bask in the love the victims showed and not dwell in anger.

15 Nov 2017

Arkansas town reaches settlement in 'debtors' prison' lawsuit

An Arkansas town has agreed not to jail defendants who cannot afford to pay court fees after it was sued by civil rights groups who charged it ran what amounted to a modern-day debtors' prison.

10 Nov 2017

Pastor may demolish Texas church where massacre took place

AUSTIN, Texas The pastor of a rural Texas church sprayed with gunfire in a shooting rampage that killed 26 people is considering demolishing the building and putting a memorial in its place, a Southern Baptist Convention official said on Thursday.

09 Nov 2017

Texas church gunman escaped mental facility in 2012 while facing court-martial

The former U.S. serviceman who committed the deadliest mass shooting on record in Texas escaped from a mental hospital in 2012 as he faced court-martial on domestic violence charges for which he was later convicted, a police report revealed on Tuesday. | Video

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