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Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is a lawyer, political commentator and best-selling novelist. He is a former chairman of Common Cause and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Articles by Richard North Patterson

November 24, 2020 5:30 am

Trump’s GOP is Increasingly Racist and Authoritarian—and Here to Stay

Having already forsaken Republican principles and policies, his supporters are now willing to forsake reality, too.
Richard North Patterson
November 18, 2020 5:30 am

What a President Biden Could Do with a GOP-Controlled Senate

The art of the possible.
Richard North Patterson
November 7, 2020 8:19 pm

A Good Man for a Wounded Country

After years of Trump, Biden’s decency and normality are a balm. Now he must turn toward the enormous challenges ahead.
Richard North Patterson
November 4, 2020 4:06 am

Will the American Fever at Last Break?

In a blatantly anti-democratic speech, Trump demands states stop counting ballots. As of early morning, though, Biden still has a chance to win.
Richard North Patterson
November 2, 2020 5:30 am

What to Watch for on Election Night—and Beyond

The states that matter to the Electoral College count—and the chaos that may follow.
Richard North Patterson
October 26, 2020 5:30 am

How Trump Could Still Pull It Off

His re-election is not likely—but here’s how it could happen.
Richard North Patterson
October 23, 2020 5:30 am

Beyond the Debate: Trump Is Running on Empty

Instead of ideas, the president offered lies, evasions, and weapons-grade exaggerations.
Richard North Patterson
October 20, 2020 5:30 am

Where the Fight for the Senate Stands Today

A breakdown of the races most worth watching.
Richard North Patterson
October 16, 2020 5:30 am

Biden Must Stiff-Arm the Court-Packers

It’s politically savvy—and smart on the substance of judicial reform—for Biden to delay giving a definitive answer.
Richard North Patterson
October 15, 2020 5:30 am

How Trump Sealed the GOP’s Suicide

It didn’t have to go this way—with the GOP becoming a cult of personality suffused with authoritarianism.
Richard North Patterson