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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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A must-see movie about public service that is not 'Lincoln'

December 5, 2012 Watching "Lincoln" is all the rage in Washington for its depiction of the grit and glory behind the politics of emancipation. Behold another film that should be required viewing in the nation's capital: "Burn," an adrenaline-fueled documentary about Detroit firefighters, and an ode to public service. Beginning a one-week run ...

How Two Presidents Helped Me Deal With Love, Guilt, and Fatherhood

November 30, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn Our noses were practically touching the wall. Tall, white, and seamless, it was the only thing standing between us and the president of the United States. “Stay right there,” a White House aide told me, my wife, and three children. “The president will be with you ...

Obama wins victory, but mandate is a different story

November 6, 2012 Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public. If the president begins his second term under any ...

5 reasons why Obama and Romney will get no mandate

November 6, 2012 No matter who wins tonight, President Obama or President Romney will have no mandate. Victory guarantees the president nothing more than an uphill fight to build consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public. “The mandate,” said political science professor John Altman, “is a myth.” On this, ...

The Four Traits of Highly Effective Debaters

October 16, 2012 A presidential debate is a job interview. And voters look for certain traits in people applying to be president. In Tuesday night’s debate between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, look for four attributes of successful leadership — five if you count empathy. Authenticity: President George W. Bush ...

Analysis: It’s too early to write off Romney

September 18, 2012 Take a breath, Washington. It’s too early to write off Mitt Romney. First, let’s deal with the obvious. There is no question that the GOP nominee is a flawed candidate, starting with his original sin: a history of flip-flops that belies a lack of ideological conviction. Then there is the ...

GOP mulls truncated convention

August 27, 2012 This story has been updated. With Isaac on target for New Orleans, Republican National Convention officials were considering a number of worst-case scenarios on Monday, including a quick roll-call vote and a truncated speech by Mitt Romney. No decision has been made yet and none is likely Monday, said two ...

Clinton: Bin Laden killing helps Obama deflect Romney critique

February 6, 2012 Former President Clinton says that Republican GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney can call President Obama a lot of things, but "appeaser" is not one of them. "He had one line that I think could cost him the election," the former president told students at the Clinton School of Public Service ...

Bachmann ends presidential run

January 4, 2012 Rep. Michele Bachmann ended her presidential campaign on Wednesday. An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Minnesota lawmaker, a favorite of the tea party wing of the party and a harsh critic of President Obama, realized after her sixth-place finish in Iowa's caucuses that "there was no ...

Romney's military spending catch-22

November 11, 2011 GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mitt Romney is trying to have it both ways on Pentagon spending. The top-tier Republican presidential candidate pledged Friday to cut wasteful spending from the Defense Department and use the savings to support U.S. troops and veterans. "I will not look for the military as a place ...