Ron Fournier

Ron Fournier Ron Fournier is the Senior Political Columnist and Editorial Director of National Journal. Prior to joining NJ, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington Bureau Chief. A Detroit native, Fournier began his career in Arkansas, first with the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and then with the Arkansas Democrat and the AP, where he covered the state legislature and Gov. Bill Clinton.
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How Trump’s Supporters Understand His National Security Views

July 21, 2016 Imagine that President Obama summoned the New York Times to the Oval Office and demeaned the United States, declared his support for an authoritarian leader, threatened to expose U.S. allies to Russian control, and offered a one-word solution to a globe afire: “Meetings.” Donald Trump’s head would explode. Obama hates...

Flint and the Case for Open Government

February 20, 2016 FLINT, Michigan—I can’t stop thinking about Lawrence White. In January, at a downtown coffee shop, I chatted with the 43-year-old state employee and owner of a small security firm about the poisoning of his city. Then I squeezed his thinking into one paragraph of a column on government dysfunction. “I’m...

Rick Snyder Concedes Flint Is His 'Katrina,' and Is a Failure of Leadership

January 19, 2016 Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder con­ceded Monday that his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hand­ling of the Flint wa­ter crisis is a stain on his leg­acy, re­flects poorly on his lead­er­ship, and is aptly com­pared to Pres­id­ent Bush’s mis­hand­ling of Hur­ricane Kat­rina. “It’s a dis­aster,” he said when asked about the com­par­is­on some crit­ics have...

GOP Candidates Try to Scare the Hell Out of America

January 15, 2016 They’re com­ing to kill you, Amer­ica. Dirty bombs. Cy­ber­at­tacks. Elec­tro­mag­net­ic pulses. Ir­an. Dodd and Frank. “Strong, power­ful young men.” Between skir­mishes over Ted Cruz’s eli­gib­il­ity, Don­ald Trump’s leg­al au­thor­ity, Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cred­ib­il­ity, Chris Christie’s RINO­ism, Bernie Sanders’s so­cial­ism, and Barack Obama’s pat­ri­ot­ism, the GOP pres­id­en­tial field tried Thursday night to...

How America Can Get Its Mojo Back

December 1, 2015 Capt. Seth Moulton left the Mar­ines in 2008 after four tours in Ir­aq and found him­self on the cam­pus of Columbia Uni­versity, watch­ing pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates Barack Obama and John Mc­Cain dis­cuss their shared pas­sion for na­tion­al ser­vice. Moulton was the rare mil­it­ary vet­er­an in a crowd of Peace Corps and...

A Horrible Day for American Leadership

November 18, 2015 Monday was a hor­rible day for Amer­ic­an lead­er­ship. First, our petu­lant, tone-deaf pres­id­ent showed more an­ger to­ward his polit­ic­al crit­ics than to­ward IS­IS. Second, the Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial hope­fuls turned their backs on Syr­i­an war refugees in a xeno­phobic frenzy. At a news con­fer­ence in Tur­key for the G-20 sum­mit, Barack...

Creating Terror Is Easier Than Fighting It

November 16, 2015 Pres­id­ent Obama hor­ribly un­der­es­tim­ates IS­IS. He called the Is­lam­ic State a “JV team” be­fore it be­headed Amer­ic­ans. He claimed IS­IS was “con­tained” be­fore it at­tacked Par­is. Now he al­lows his for­eign policy/pub­lic-re­la­tions team to say IS­IS lacks the cap­ab­il­ity to at­tack the United States be­fore … God-knows-what. So this column...

Biden to Clinton and the Rest of DC: Stop the Madness

October 21, 2015 “I be­lieve we’re out of time,” Joe Biden said Wed­nes­day of his op­por­tun­ity to seek the Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion. Then the vice pres­id­ent warned Wash­ing­ton’s polit­ic­al class that its time was run­ning out. Stop fight­ing, he said. Stop the mad­ness. “I be­lieve that we have to end the di­vis­ive par­tis­an...

Hillary Clinton: Come Clean or Get Out

September 23, 2015 If the Demo­crat­ic Party cares to sal­vage a sliv­er of mor­al au­thor­ity, its lead­ers and early state voters need to send Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton an ur­gent mes­sage: Come clean or get out. Stop ly­ing and de­flect­ing about how and why you stashed State De­part­ment email on a secret serv­er—or stop...

Republicans Imperil Obama Legacy With National Service Cuts

June 19, 2015 A national service program seeded by President George H.W. Bush, launched by President Clinton and expanded by President George W. Bush faces drastic cuts under President Obama, posing a new threat to his legacy. Republicans in Congress are taking an ax to budgets of the AmeriCorps family of programs, and...

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