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Entries by William Bradley from 05/2013

Schwarzenegger's New USC Policy Center Takes Up Immigration Reform: Where Is This Issue Heading?

| Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

It's not all that hard to incite a Republican race to the hard right on immigration. Once undertaken, that race ends up in the same place: one of fences, exclusion and super-heated rhetoric that utterly turns off most people of color and younger voters.

Crises Also Fade

| Posted 05.03.2013 | World

Perhaps Obama should be more careful about what he calls a "red line." Dictators are not impressed by empty threats. Would there be support for a multi-national effort to secure chemical weapons stores?

What's the Meaning of Iron Man 3? (Warning: Big Spoilers)

| Posted 05.07.2013 | Entertainment

So, what is the message of Iron Man 3? That's a question with a multi-faceted answer. Even if it only refers to the political message. Be advised that there are major spoilers ahead, so proceed, or not, on your own hook.

Mad Men Gets a Bounce After Shaking Things Up

| Posted 05.08.2013 | TV

After a long span of increasingly airless personal drama, followed by last week's intrusion of a major historical tragedy, the show got back to its advertising roots with a vengeance. In fact, the show may have re-booted itself, as it did at the end of Season 3. For once again, the old Sterling Cooper etc. is no more.

California Gets a New Democrat: Defection of Recent Rising Star Among Latest Signs of Further GOP Decline

| Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

One of the strangest things about California over the past decade is how little impact Arnold Schwarzenegger's two landslide wins for the governorship had on the Republican Party.

Benghazi Blues: Massive Conspiracy or Hack Politics and Dumb PR?

| Posted 05.13.2013 | World

Obama poses an excellent question: Why put together a spin program that will fall apart in a few days? For that is exactly what happened.

Mad Men's Transitional "Plan," Ironic or Not

| Posted 05.14.2013 | TV

Another entertaining Mad Men episode brought the immediate aftermath of the precipitous merger between Don Draper's and Ted Chaough's rival agencies. This was a transitional episode, which nonetheless ended in tears, with the sudden assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

How Jerry Brown's California Budget Revision Is Playing

| Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

Championing what he calls "prudence, not exuberance," Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday rolled out the annual "May Revise" of his proposed California state budget. How's it playing? Oh, and what's the play?

Mad Men: 'Chevy Is Spelled Wrong!'

| Posted 05.20.2013 | TV

Season 2's slinky cool "The Jet Set" has been definitively dethroned as Mad Men's kookiest episode ever. We've gone from time out of mind to out of mind time.

"Going Bulworth": The First Time, and Now

| Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

Where will Obama be if his administration's conventional methods are not up to the task of cutting through controversies that are engendered, at least in part, by reliance on conventional methods? That's when things could get very interesting.

Mad Men: Change Partners

| Posted 05.27.2013 | TV

What happens on the advertising front isn't about advertising, with the exception of, er, margarine. It's about a sense of uncertainty about the precipitously merged new agency, which is still unnamed, and about personal relationships.

Obama: Falling Behind the Curve of Crisis

| Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics

If it's not one thing for President Barack Obama, it's another. Already struggling in trying to get ahead of three controversies threatening to engulf his administration, he now has heightened geopolitical crises to manage.