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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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How Washington Looks to Sun Tzu for Leadership

March 8, 2013 President Obama has reversed course to adopt a Leadership 101 tactic that he and his advisers ruthlessly mocked: Get to know the opposition. The president extended a rare invitation Wednesday night for Republican lawmakers to join him for dinner at a restaurant near the White House. He ate lunch Thursday ...

Adult Leadership Required to Clean Up the Mess in Washington

March 5, 2013 Funny what our leaders could learn by sweeping the stairs. This thought occurred to me the other day while I was morosely mulling the state of politics in Washington, and found an analogy in my living room. Actually, my wife found it -- clumps of dirt on the steps, tracked ...

Washington in 3 Words: Dumb, Arbitrary, and Inexcusable

March 1, 2013 Dumb. Arbitrary. Inexcusable. Those are words President Obama used Friday to describe the $1.2 trillion in federal cuts that Washington imposed on America. What the president didn't do was accept any responsibility for the so-called sequestration that took effect Friday. Nor did House Speaker John Boehner, the leading Republican in ...

Obama to Shift Focus Back to Jobs, Economy in State of the Union Address

February 11, 2013 Job one for President Obama in his State of the Union address will be to convince Americans that his top priority is their jobs. White House officials tell me they feel stung by coverage of the Inaugural Address. Reporters highlighted the president’s left-leaning stances on immigration, gun control, climate change, ...

Analysis: John Brennan Offers Few Details on 'Targeted Killings'

February 7, 2013 Maybe it’s the difference between New Jersey and Nebraska, or the blunt talk of a hardnosed terrorism expert and ruminations from a foreign-policy think-tanker. Maybe John Brennan just looked good because Chuck Hagel, nominated as defense secretary, seemed so hapless and hesitant during his confirmation interrogation last week. The optics ...

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. ...