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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LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - It has not been Theresa May’s week. Having corralled her cabinet into agreement on a softened Brexit strategy last weekend, two senior ministers noisily quit. Then on Thursday Donald Trump overshadowed the early pageantry of his visit to the United Kingdom with an interview in the Sun newspaper. The U.S. president tore into the British prime minister’s plans for leaving the European Union and praised Boris Johnson, one of the ministers who resigned, among much else. So it’s a crumb of comfort that May can at least claim her country has a soft-power edge over the United States – for now.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK will include a dinner at Blenheim Palace on Thursday with business leaders. Corporate bosses stateside have achieved mixed results – from public praise to Twitter blowback – after public appearances with Trump. Breakingviews offers some advice to the bosses of BP, Shell, Barclays and other domestic peers invited to attend the event.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Howard Schultz is finally quitting Starbucks, the company he built into an iconic $80 billion global coffee brand. He’s turning in his corporate email address and planning new ventures – maybe even running for U.S. president. But he stepped away once before and had to return. If he’s to leave Starbucks for good this time, the coffee chain will need ideas that stay fresher for longer.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Facebook’s developers are worried the newly responsible approach to data confidentiality touted by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will dent their business. Meanwhile WhatsApp co-founder and boss Jan Koum has quit and is leaving Facebook’s board. Users of the encrypted-messaging service may need reassurance they aren’t the $500 billion social network’s next product.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - No wonder Rex Tillerson was willing to diverge from his boss on Monday and call out Russia directly for the alleged poisoning of a former double agent living in Britain. The U.S. secretary of state already knew President Donald Trump might sack him, according to press reports. The former chief executive of Exxon Mobil may not have been in Trump’s inner circle. But his exit on Tuesday shrinks the already shallow White House talent pool – and America’s welcome mat to the rest of the world.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Washington has waded into Broadcom's effort to buy rival chipmaker Qualcomm for $117 billion. America’s foreign-investment watchdog has told Qualcomm to delay by 30 days its annual shareholder meeting, previously set for Tuesday. The agenda includes director elections that could give board control to nominees of Singapore-based Broadcom. It’s a surprising twist in an already tangled situation. But it may remove a big unknown from the equation.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Uber Technologies is handing Waymo at least a partial victory in the driverless-car race. The ride-hailing service is paying Alphabet's self-driving unit $245 million in equity, ending a legal fight over trade secrets. More importantly than the money, though, the settlement recasts an existential question about Uber.
［ニューヨーク ２２日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS］ - 新規仮想通貨公開（ＩＣＯ）による資金調達は、これまでに４０億ドル（約４４２０億円）近くに達した。その大半が、ブロックチェーン関連の開発資金集めが名目だ。
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Activist investors deployed a record $62 billion campaigning for corporate change in 2017, according to Lazard – more than double the amount a year earlier. They’ll still be at it this year, and among possible targets could be Wells Fargo and Under Armour, according to two informal Breakingviews polls on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Jack Ma made early friends with Donald Trump. He visited the U.S. president-elect almost a year ago to tout how his e-commerce giant, Alibaba, could help small American businesses create 1 million new jobs. Now, though, Ma’s Ant Financial offshoot has failed to secure approval for its $1.2 billion purchase of cash-transfer outfit MoneyGram International.