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

July 13, 2020 5:30 am

Trump Is Cornered. Here’s Why.

The pandemic. Race relations. Unemployment. And more—including his own unlikable self.
Richard North Patterson
July 8, 2020 5:07 am

The Racial Tribulations of Trump Agonistes

Why is America so unfair to Our Great President?
Richard North Patterson
July 1, 2020 5:30 am

How Has Donald Trump’s Mental State Affected His Presidency?

What we knew about his psychology four years ago, and what we know today.
Richard North Patterson
June 25, 2020 5:30 am

The Huge Challenges Facing Biden

The presidential race is far from over, but the former vice president is already thinking about the stakes of governing after Trump and the 2020 crises.
Richard North Patterson
June 15, 2020 5:30 am

How Far Can Trump Push America’s Military?

The president, the generals, and the very real possibility of a constitutional crisis.
Richard North Patterson
June 9, 2020 6:55 am

Crises and Competence

How the decades-long gutting of government—worsened by Trump’s failings—exacerbated the pandemic, the protests, and more.
Richard North Patterson
June 5, 2020 2:52 pm

Trump’s Authoritarian Impulse

We’ve had a painful, vivid reminder of the danger of giving power to someone with Trump's pathologies. There's only one remaining check on this president—us.
Richard North Patterson
June 4, 2020 5:30 am

Trump and the American Idiocracy

Contempt for intellectuals and experts worsened the U.S. response to the pandemic and bodes ill for the current racial crisis.
Richard North Patterson
May 26, 2020 5:30 am

Break Up Facebook

For the sake of our civic and political health, the social media giant should be split up.
Richard North Patterson
May 20, 2020 5:30 am

Break Up Amazon

The actions of the monopolistic giant are dangerous and anticompetitive.
Richard North Patterson