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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.
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.
Management

Flint and the Case for Open Government

The paternalistic approach to government has run its course.

Oversight

Biden to Clinton and the Rest of DC: Stop the Madness

The vice president says four more years of status quo “may be more than this country can take.”

Management

Republicans Imperil Obama Legacy With National Service Cuts

Will the president watch another priority fall victim to the political culture he vowed to change?

Management

This Is What Functioning Government Looks Like

After an embarrassing start, public-private sector leaders get their acts together on Ebola.

Management

The 2016 Presidential Conversations Taking Place Right Now

What's on the minds of potential White House candidates tonight.

Oversight

Changing Who Runs the Senate Won't Fix Washington

As with Obama in 2012, there will be no mandate for the GOP should Republicans win the upper chamber this year.

Oversight

The Scariest Thing About Ebola: Americans' Lack of Trust in Institutions

Trust deficit runs deeper than one president—or even the presidency.

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The Secret Service's Problems May Be Older and Harder to Fix Than You Thought

Readers offer solutions that go beyond Pierson's resignation and undoing the DHS merger.

Oversight

No Joke, Here's How to Fix the Secret Service

Obama needs to fire Pierson, and Congress needs to return autonomy to the agency.

Management

How Soon We Forget the Veteran Who Attacked the White House

The story behind Friday's intrusion: a VA system failing millions like Omar J. Gonzalez.

Management

The Next President Could Find Unity Fleeting

We may never get hit again like we were on Sept. 11, 2001. But if we did, would the next president find unity fleeting?

Oversight

Is the White House Lying or Just Bad at Crisis Communications?

Ordering a cheeseburger with fries while a downed airline smolders may not have been a great decision.

Oversight

Did the IRS Really Lose Lois Lerner's Emails? Let a Special Prosecutor Find Them.

Obama needs to address this 'phony scandal' and the public trust with real transparency.

Management

Geithner Book: When Obama Blew a Dog Whistle and a Budget Deal

Former Treasury secretary adds context to behind-the-scenes White House budget machinations.

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Oversight

Obama, Congress Flunk National-Service Test

President brags about 'boldest expansion' of a program that hasn't grown (thanks mostly to the GOP).

Management

Millennials Don't See Serving in Government as the Way to Change the World

In general, they have a great sense of purpose, but see little attraction in politics and government.

Management

Analysis: How Obama and Congress Failed AmeriCorps ... and America

Program's woes follow Obama pattern: Raise hopes … hopes crushed … blame GOP.

Management

What Detroit's Demise Says About America

Detroit native calls Motown's economic and social ills a warning for the nation.

Oversight

Analysis: Why the IRS Scandal Needs a Special Prosecutor

Democratic and Republican cherry-picked findings aren't restoring public trust.

Management

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

The president tries to assure Americans he's not trampling the Bill of Rights.