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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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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 ...

Geithner Book: When Obama Blew a Dog Whistle and a Budget Deal

May 12, 2014 In his forthcoming memoir, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner captures a moment at which President Obama faced a choice between forging ahead with a promise to seek GOP compromise on the nation's debt crisis or bow to pressure from his liberal base. Obama chose surrender. This from Stress Test: Reflections ...

Obama, Congress Flunk National-Service Test

April 21, 2014 With the audacity to overreach, President Obama commemorated the fifth anniversary of the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act on Monday by calling it "the boldest expansion of opportunities to serve our communities and our country since the creation of AmeriCorps." He's wrong. National-service advocates, including Democrats otherwise loyal ...

What's Driving Democrats to Defy Obama on Iran?

January 14, 2014 This paragraph from a New York Times story on proposed new sanctions for Iran sent a chill down my spine: Behind these positions is a potent mix of political calculations in a midterm election year. Pro-Israel groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, have lobbied Congress to ...

The Beginning of the End for Washington

October 1, 2013 Step back. Try for a moment to extrapolate what a government shutdown and discredited U.S. currency could do to the economy and the public's faith in government. Think beyond next year's congressional elections or even the 2016 presidential race. Factor in existing demographic and social trends. I did, and this ...

Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

September 11, 2013 The good news is we're not at war. The bad news is … almost everything else about President Obama's handling of Syria--the fumbling and flip-flopping and marble-mouthing--undercut his credibility, and possibly with it his ability to lead the nation and world. As he addressed a global audience Tuesday night, liberal ...

Millennials Don't See Serving in Government as the Way to Change the World

August 26, 2013 Forget what you’ve read about the “Me, Me, Me Generation.” Here are four things you probably don’t know about the 95 million Americans born between 1982 and 2003: Millennials, in general, are fiercely committed to community service. They don’t see politics or government as a way to improve their communities, ...

Analysis: How Obama and Congress Failed AmeriCorps ... and America

August 2, 2013 During his first presidential race, Barack Obama pledged to "expand and fund AmeriCorps from 75,000 slots today to 250,000" volunteers, putting service-minded millennials to work on the nation's toughest problems. After just three months in office, he signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act authorizing the expansion of the ...

What Detroit's Demise Says About America

July 25, 2013 My ancestors helped build Detroit. The Fourniers were fur-trappers and farmers living hard by the Detroit River until the fledgling auto industry beckoned in the early 1900s with a better deal: $5 a day and a pension. In the 1960s, my father opted out of the family business to be ...