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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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Analysis: Why the IRS Scandal Needs a Special Prosecutor

June 25, 2013 You're being spun, America. On the vital question of whether the Internal Revenue Service incompetently or corruptly targeted conservative groups, both the White House and GOP are rushing to judgment – and they want you to follow like lemmings. Don't do it. Nearly six weeks ago, President Obama responded to ...

Analysis: Obama Gives Nod to Transparency ... in Private

June 21, 2013 This is an excerpt from The Edge, the National Journal's daily look at today in Washington -- and what's coming next. The email features analysis from NJ's top correspondents, the biggest stories of the day -- and always a few surprises. To subscribe, click here. Stung by the uproar over ...

Analysis: How Obama Scandals Threaten to Kill 'Good Government'

June 7, 2013 I like government. I don't like what the fallout from these past few weeks might do to the public's faith in it. First, you don't need to be a liberal Democrat to root for government efficiency, transparency and solvency. Even tea party conservatives expect certain things from Washington: a strong ...

Analysis: The Bush-Obama White House Spies on Us

June 6, 2013 Welcome to the era of Bush-Obama, a 16-year span of U.S. history that will be remembered for an unprecedented erosion of civil liberties and a disregard for transparency. On the war against a tactic, terrorism, and its insidious fallout, the United States could have skipped the 2008 election. It made ...

Analysis: Issa Stirs Echoes of McCarthy in IRS Probe

June 3, 2013 In one brief and repugnant interview, the GOP's chief congressional investigator into Internal Revenue Service abuses cherry-picked evidence, overstated his case, and violated the sacred American principle of presumed innocence. If that was not enough, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., called White House press secretary Jay Carney a "paid liar," and ...

Analysis: You Know What Really Risks National Security? Leak Investigations

May 17, 2013 A year ago, The Associated Press discovered a foiled al-Qaida plot. Worried about the safety of an informant in the case, the CIA asked the AP to delay publishing the story until their spy could be secured. The AP agreed. Five days later, the CIA told the AP that their ...

Analysis: Benghazi, IRS Storms Threaten Obama's Credibility

May 13, 2013 When two storms collide, the weather gets hairy. For President Obama, the IRS and Benghazi stories converged this weekend for a self-inflicted tempest that threatens his credibility. His people can’t get their stories straight. Internal Revenue Service officials denied for months the targeting of conservative political groups for reviews of ...

Analysis: Obama's Amazing Speech (and Why You Probably Missed It)

April 29, 2013 After quoting Marx ("Groucho, not Karl”) to squeeze one last laugh out of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, President Obama abruptly stopped joking. Hundreds of politicians, celebrities, journalists, and corporate sponsors fell silent as he dropped a 607-word morality bomb: “We can do better,” Obama told the elites. “If ...

Analysis: 'No Politics' Doesn't Mean 'No Accountability'

April 25, 2013 “Who’s playing politics with the Boston bombing?” That question was posed by many journalists, including me, almost immediately after the marathon attack, when a few Washington politicians tried to exploit the tragedy. Some Republicans said the terrorist strike should raise questions about immigration reform. Certain Democrats said “sequestration” spending cuts ...

Analysis: George W. Bush Is a Good Man

April 23, 2013 White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer walked into the media cabin of Air Force One on May 24, 2002, and dropped identical envelopes in the laps of two reporters, myself and Steve Holland of Reuters. Inside each was a manila card – marked by a small presidential seal and, in ...