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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: Secret memos expose Obama's double-standard on 'targeted killings'

February 5, 2013 Where is the outrage? For all the anger over Bush-era torture policies, where is the commensurate condemnation over President Obama’s justification for killing American citizens with no due process, no transparency, and no accountability? An administration memo uncovered by NBC reporter Michael Isikoff strips the veil from the Obama’s oft-Orwellian ...

Analysis: What I learned covering Hillary Clinton

February 1, 2013 I stopped betting against Hillary Rodham Clinton 23 years ago when I watched her crush one man’s ambitions to preserve her husband’s career. Summoned to a Capitol rotunda news conference by Tom McRae, an earnest Democrat challenging then-Gov. Bill Clinton for re-election, I heard the click, clack, click of the ...

If you want a friend in Washington, don’t call John McCain

January 31, 2013 In the real world, when somebody calls you an old friend, it matters. You can take them at their word. In Washington, ground zero for hypocrisy and posturing, "friend" is a 4-letter word. "Old friend" is double trouble. "I'm pleased to see an old friend in front of the committee," ...

Chastened by his times, Obama seeks to unite nation in inaugural address

January 21, 2013 Tempered by his times, President Barack Obama called a bitterly partisan nation to “collective action” Monday, knowing his second-term agenda will be too ambitious for many and too meek for others. “Americans,” he declared in his inaugural address, “we are made for this moment, and we will seize it -- ...

In Congress, Compromise Is a 4-Letter Word

January 17, 2013 Janice Hahn swirls 20-year-old port in a wineglass and raises it to her lips. “Ooh,” she purrs, “that’s good.” Sitting to her left, Reid Ribble excavates a scoop of vanilla ice cream from his bowl and plops it on her plate with a fork. She smiles and mouths a thank-you. ...

'No Labels' Adds Washington Muscle to Reform Washington

January 14, 2013 The grassroots advocacy group No Labels on Monday threw more Washington muscle behind its bid to reform Washington. Two years after launching as a centrist-minded counter to hyper-partisanship, No Labels is also shifting its focus away from ideology and toward a pragmatic agenda to get Washington leaders working together to ...

Analysis: Obama and the Perils of Being Aloof

January 8, 2013 There is a delicious scene in the movie "Lincoln" in which the first couple discuss an upcoming dinner party at the White House. Mary Todd Lincoln can't figure out why her husband, a famed loner who openly loathes Washington society, invited rival Democrats and radical Republicans to his home. Suddenly, ...

Does it matter if Hillary's thinking 2016?

December 13, 2012 I was at funeral in Arkansas this week when a long-time friend and associate of Hillary Rodham Clinton leaned into me and whispered, "She's going to run." Run for what? "President. 2016," the pal replied. "I'm sure of it." After the services, I pressed the good-intentioned source about how he ...

In a Crisis, Be Like Eliot Spitzer, Not Anthony Weiner

December 12, 2012 In Masters of Disaster: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control, authors Chris Lehane, Mark Fabiani, and Bill Guttentag provide case studies that explore the right and wrong way to respond to crises. WRONG WAY: BP, which downplayed the environmental impact of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. "BP's damage ...

Tips for Surviving Email Crises From Clinton's 'Masters of Disaster'

December 12, 2012 Your boss is an ass. You know it, your pal knows it, and now your entire company knows what you think of the Big Guy, including the jerk himself, because you just sent an angry missive -- totally and horrifyingly -- "Reply-All." What do you do? Call the "Masters of ...