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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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What's Driving Democrats to Defy Obama on Iran?

January 14, 2014 This paragraph from a New York Times story on proposed new sanctions for Iran sent a chill down my spine: Behind these positions is a potent mix of political calculations in a midterm election year. Pro-Israel groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, have lobbied Congress to...

The Beginning of the End for Washington

October 1, 2013 Step back. Try for a moment to extrapolate what a government shutdown and discredited U.S. currency could do to the economy and the public's faith in government. Think beyond next year's congressional elections or even the 2016 presidential race. Factor in existing demographic and social trends. I did, and this...

Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

September 11, 2013 The good news is we're not at war. The bad news is … almost everything else about President Obama's handling of Syria--the fumbling and flip-flopping and marble-mouthing--undercut his credibility, and possibly with it his ability to lead the nation and world. As he addressed a global audience Tuesday night, liberal...

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

August 26, 2013 Forget what you’ve read about the “Me, Me, Me Generation.” Here are four things you probably don’t know about the 95 million Americans born between 1982 and 2003: Millennials, in general, are fiercely committed to community service. They don’t see politics or government as a way to improve their communities,...

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

August 2, 2013 During his first presidential race, Barack Obama pledged to "expand and fund AmeriCorps from 75,000 slots today to 250,000" volunteers, putting service-minded millennials to work on the nation's toughest problems. After just three months in office, he signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act authorizing the expansion of the...

What Detroit's Demise Says About America

July 25, 2013 My ancestors helped build Detroit. The Fourniers were fur-trappers and farmers living hard by the Detroit River until the fledgling auto industry beckoned in the early 1900s with a better deal: $5 a day and a pension. In the 1960s, my father opted out of the family business to be...

Analysis: Why the IRS Scandal Needs a Special Prosecutor

June 25, 2013 You're being spun, America. On the vital question of whether the Internal Revenue Service incompetently or corruptly targeted conservative groups, both the White House and GOP are rushing to judgment – and they want you to follow like lemmings. Don't do it. Nearly six weeks ago, President Obama responded to...

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

June 21, 2013 This is an excerpt from The Edge, the National Journal's daily look at today in Washington -- and what's coming next. The email features analysis from NJ's top correspondents, the biggest stories of the day -- and always a few surprises. To subscribe, click here. Stung by the uproar over...

Analysis: How Obama Scandals Threaten to Kill 'Good Government'

June 7, 2013 I like government. I don't like what the fallout from these past few weeks might do to the public's faith in it. First, you don't need to be a liberal Democrat to root for government efficiency, transparency and solvency. Even tea party conservatives expect certain things from Washington: a strong...

Analysis: The Bush-Obama White House Spies on Us

June 6, 2013 Welcome to the era of Bush-Obama, a 16-year span of U.S. history that will be remembered for an unprecedented erosion of civil liberties and a disregard for transparency. On the war against a tactic, terrorism, and its insidious fallout, the United States could have skipped the 2008 election. It made...

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