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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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No Joke, Here's How to Fix the Secret Service

October 1, 2014 The Secret Service is a joke. That's harsh, I know—and it's unfair to Secret Service agents who unflinchingly risk their lives for the president and for their country. But it's true, and it needs to be fixed. Here's how. First, fire Director Julia Pierson. Her agency covered up a 2011 ...

Waging War for Peace at the United Nations

September 24, 2014 One hundred years ago, a pacifist president reluctantly led the United States into World War I. Woodrow Wilson eventually won "the war to end all wars," but failed to achieve his greatest desire: a new world order. That would wait until after World War II. Faint echoes of Wilson sounded ...

How Soon We Forget the Veteran Who Attacked the White House

September 22, 2014 When a deranged man jumps a 9-foot fence and storms into the White House, the most obvious questions involve security—and so these were among Monday's headlines: "The Secret Service Considers Bigger White House Buffer" (The Washington Post) and "White House May Check Tourists Blocks Away" (The New York Times). Beware ...

The Risks and Rewards of Obama's 'No Ground Troops' Pledge

September 8, 2014 It's rare to hear a U.S. president take military action off the table, as Barack Obama did Sunday. "This is not going to be an announcement about U.S. ground troops," he told Chuck Todd of Meet the Press. Those are assuring words for Americans worn weary by post-911 wars in ...

The Summer of Obama's Caution and America's Discontent

September 2, 2014 Wow. That was some summer. The Islamic State that President Obama dismissed as "JV" proved to be a virulent varsity—gobbling up gobs of the Middle East, beheading an American journalist, and threatening the United States. Russia invaded Ukraine. Ferguson burned. Obama shrugged. "The truth of the matter is that the ...

The Next President Could Find Unity Fleeting

August 11, 2014 Thirteen years ago this month, President George W. Bush was vacationing at his Texas ranch when his daily briefing included a memo titled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S." Al-Qaida struck a month later, and the nation was at war. No memos are needed today. ISIS is communicating ...

Why Obama Should Roll Heads at the CIA

August 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Heads should role at the CIA, but not for the obvious reasons. Let's review the cacophony of issues raised by the brutal post-911 interrogation program, including the CIA's lies, cover-ups, and a Constitution-bending spying operation against Senate staffers. 1. An exhaustive Senate Intelligence Committee investigation has determined beyond reasonable doubt ...

Why Benjamin Netanyahu Should Be Very, Very Worried

July 28, 2014 Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday asked Benjamin Netanyahu whether he was worried about "a third intifada." The Israeli prime minister replied that Hamas "wants to pile up" Gazan casualties in hope of instigating an uprising. In other words, he ducked the heart of the question. Netanyahu should be worried. ...

Is the White House Lying or Just Bad at Crisis Communications?

July 21, 2014 President Obama's decision to stick with his schedule of fundraisers and photo opportunities amid twin foreign policy crises elicited one of the strangest statements you'll ever see from a White House. "It is rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show, when the situation can ...

Did the IRS Really Lose Lois Lerner's Emails? Let a Special Prosecutor Find Them.

June 16, 2014 A sloppy mistake, the government calls it, but you couldn't blame a person for suspecting a cover-up—the loss of an untold number of emails to and from the central figure in the IRS tea-party controversy. And because the public's trust is a fragile gift that the White House has frittered ...