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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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'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 ...

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 ...