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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

March 2, 2021 5:30 am

When Will Progressives Accept Accomplishment?

The risks of loose talk about purging or punishing Democratic moderates like Joe Manchin.
Richard North Patterson
February 26, 2021 5:30 am

The Birth of Bidenomics?

The president wants to do to Ronald Reagan’s governing philosophy what Reagan did to FDR’s.
Richard North Patterson
February 19, 2021 5:30 am

To Save Democracy, Principled Conservatives Must Ally with Democrats

The impulse to start a new anti-Trump conservative party or GOP splinter is admirable—but the present crisis demands a different response.
Richard North Patterson
February 15, 2021 5:30 am

Time to Attack Child Poverty

It’s a moral travesty and a drag on the rest of the economy.
Richard North Patterson
February 9, 2021 5:30 am

The Reforms We Need to Reinvigorate American Democracy

Expanding mail-in voting, ending partisan gerrymandering, restoring the Voting Rights Act, and other much-needed fixes.
Richard North Patterson
February 5, 2021 5:30 am

Joe Biden’s Fast 15 Days

He is working to untie—or cut through—the political knot of the economic relief bill, even as his team moves swiftly on several other fronts.
Richard North Patterson
February 2, 2021 5:30 am

Democrats Must Run Against GOP Extremism

The Republicans have become a party of lies, hysteria, extremism, and violence. They must be forced to confront that reality.
Richard North Patterson
January 28, 2021 5:30 am

COVID Economic Relief: Go Big

Doing too little is worse than doing too much—so Democrats should use reconciliation to pass pandemic relief that’s serious.
Richard North Patterson
January 27, 2021 5:30 am

Can Democrats Abolish the Filibuster—and Should They?

The Biden agenda and the ‘tyranny of a minority.’
Richard North Patterson
January 26, 2021 5:30 am

The GOP’s ‘Pre-Fascist’ DNA

The term “fascist” is too often thrown around carelessly—but it can be helpful in explaining the direction of the Republican party.
Richard North Patterson