Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is a lawyer, political commentator and best-selling novelist. He is a former chairman of Common Cause, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative, a bipartisan group dedicated to defending the principles of liberal democracy at home and abroad.


Articles by Richard North Patterson

September 17, 2019 5:21 am

Democrats Should Run Against the Trump Economy

Trump's only "strength" is also a weakness.
Richard North Patterson
August 28, 2019 5:02 am

Trump Exposes the Peril of Presidential Power Grabs

Congress has been yielding lawmaking authority for almost a century. But never before has a president abused the power of his office quite like this.
Richard North Patterson
August 21, 2019 4:55 am

Could Michael Bennet Make Us Sane Again?

He’s a pragmatist who cares about policy, and he wants to fix our political dysfunction.
Richard North Patterson
August 15, 2019 5:26 am

Why the Supreme Court Is Broken. And How to Fix It.

Can American democracy be eroding? Don’t our lives reverberate with the cacophony of engagement, anticipating the election of 2020? Isn’t…
Richard North Patterson
July 26, 2019 5:25 am

Trump’s Racist Electoral Chess Board

His racism is turning off lots of people, but mostly those who live in blue states that he lost in 2016.
Richard North Patterson
July 12, 2019 5:07 am

Pete Buttigieg and the Crucible of Race

Will the Eric Logan shooting derail Mayor Pete's presidential campaign?
Richard North Patterson
July 2, 2019 5:05 am

Beto Than Advertised

Has everyone been a little too hard on O’Rourke?
Richard North Patterson
June 26, 2019 5:21 am

How the Democrats Win 2020

So how do Democrats vanquish a chief executive widely viewed as vulgar, mendacious, and psychologically debilitated—and whose approval ratings top…
Richard North Patterson
June 21, 2019 4:25 am

The Great Hack

How Cambridge Analytica and Facebook took over the 2016 election.
Richard North Patterson
June 13, 2019 5:26 am

The Case for Progressive Capitalism

How to save the free market, avoid an extremist backlash, and move America forward.
Richard North Patterson