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Early Signpost of The Trump Era: Heinlein's 'Future History' and Asimov's 'Foundation' at 75

William Bradley | Posted 01.06.2017 | Entertainment
William Bradley

As the bizarre, toxic yet darkly fascinating year 2016 has faded completely into an unknown 2017, a question or two occurs with relevance to the next ...

Some Thoughts On Our First Trump Christmas

William Bradley | Posted 12.23.2016 | Media
William Bradley

President-elect Donald J. Trump. Christmas 2016. Deal with it. Deck the halls. Nah, I'm not that harsh. Far from it. Though I do feel rather distant ...

Star Trek's Disappointing 50th Anniversary Coincides With the Deflating End of the Obama Era

William Bradley | Posted 12.06.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The dramatic rebooted revival of 'Star Trek' coincided with the beginning of the Obama Era. There was clear synchronicity, as new President Barack Oba...

Trump Adjusts "Reality" As His Reality Emerges

William Bradley | Posted 11.22.2016 | Media
William Bradley

So, just how clever are Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and the rest of the pirate crew which imploded the "Blue Wall" of the electoral ...

Donald Trump, New Moves on National Security, and One of Our Oddest Veterans Day Weekends

William Bradley | Posted 11.14.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Is America in eclipse? After a strange Veterans Day weekend, it is decidedly unclear. As I feared for more than a year, a deeply troubled and profoun...

The Unsurprisingly Surprising President-elect Donald Trump

William Bradley | Posted 11.09.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Well, as I wrote all along on the innumerable occasions when the media declared the race over (see my archive link below), this presidential election...

Neil Young: A Timely, and Timeless, Appeal

William Bradley | Posted 10.27.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"The end of this war? The end of this war is when we solve the energy problem. This war is going on for a long, long time. This war will not go away u...

Hillary Plays Into Hands Of Trump With 'Basket Of Deplorables' Remark

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Trump knows that white blue-collar voters will overlook his economic portfolio if they think he understands their values and needs rather than trying to imitate them.

Bourne, Again: Leftish Spy Thriller Scores While Other Summer Tentpoles Fall

William Bradley | Posted 08.30.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

In this year of mostly misfiring big budget genre films, the rather belated return of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to the 'Jason Bourne' espionage franchise is a rare solid success.

Sanders, Clinton and All Dems and Progressives Need To Get Real, Right Now

William Bradley | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

People need to get this through some rather thick skulls. It can happen here. Donald Trump can be elected president. This country can become a much bigger mess than it already is.

The Moment A Kid Named Obama Realized A Black President 'Can Happen'

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the winter of 1983, as he considered running for president in the Democratic primary, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. didn’t see himself as ...

Hillary's Big State Dominance Is the Key To the Democratic Nomination

William Bradley | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton's very impressive New York primary victory over Bernie Sanders points up some of her most significant strengths as a political figure. She generally performs quite well on a big stage. And there are few bigger presidential primary stages than that of New York.

Trump, Sanders and the Theory of the Race: Could It Really Be "Economic Nationalism?"

William Bradley | Posted 03.15.2016 | Media
William Bradley

The constant media frame for the shocking-to-many success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders is that both campaigns represent the rejection of elites in favor of populism, albeit contradictory populisms of the right and left. Would that it were so simplistic.

In the Sanders-Clinton Battle, It's the 1970s vs. the 1990s

William Bradley | Posted 02.19.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Generally presented as some sort of out-of-the-blue challenge to the orthodoxy of our financialized politics, the Sanders vs. Clinton battle actually has deep roots in decades past.

You Say You Want a Revolution ...

William Bradley | Posted 02.11.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Trump's New Hampshire primary triumph vindicates his media-centric campaign and again emphasize the dominance of Trumpism -- his effective hijacking of the aggregated bloc of angry reactionaries largely assembled by Fox News, which ironically now cannot take him down -- in the Republican Party as a whole.

On the Eve of Iowa

William Bradley | Posted 02.01.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Voting is finally about to begin in the Republican and Democratic presidential primary contests. That's exciting. But it may not last.

For Hillary Clinton, Three Problems and A Solution

William Bradley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Elections take place in the now, not the long-term, especially in an ahistorical American era. And the now these days in this ADD/hyper-partisan media environment is short-term and savagely prone to character assassination.

Can the Democrats Lose California?

William Bradley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Last week's legislative defeat for a couple of key items in Governor Jerry Brown's climate and energy agenda suggests a question: Could the Democrats lose control in California?

Can Joe Biden Save the Democrats? (and Do the Dems Need Saving?)

William Bradley | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary's e-mail controversy is a real nagging problem. Why not just carry two devices, one for the official address and one for the private address? It's a curious unforced error. But the smoke signals haven't amounted to a smoking gun.

In Politics, It's All About Timing

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

An effective Presidential candidate must strike at the right time with an image and message that resonates for that election cycle.

The Sanders Paradox: Could Hillary Really Be In Trouble?

William Bradley | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Could Hillary Clinton really be in trouble in the Democratic presidential primaries against a self-described socialist senator from tiny Vermont? She could. But not yet.

Is Silicon Valley Charting the Future While All the World's Pols Play Small Ball?

William Bradley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As we contemplate our present and future around the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, are we being myopic? Is our politics focused mainly on marginalia while real change, big change, is being prepped elsewhere?

Revelation of Special Forces Misuse Points Up the Need for A Hard Assessment of the Long Wars

William Bradley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

It turns out that it's not only drones which are being overused in our still far too secret "long wars" around the globe. A New York Times investigation revealed over the weekend that our most famous special forces unit is being used on an amazingly ad hoc basis, with no oversight to speak of.

Is O'Malley the Hart of '16? Is Sanders the Dean? Is Obama Jew-ish?

Mark Green | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

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Hastert shocking... but Alter recalls how he sleazily pocketed millions when legislation enhanced his private property. Alter-Matalin debate how Pope wants to phase out fossil fuels while many Catholic Republicans are in big oil's pockets. Then: Is O'Malley Hart and Hillary Mondale? Is Obama Jew-ish?

Mad Men: Why the Ending Is Far Better Than the Speculation (And No Sell-Out)

William Bradley | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Mad Men began and ended with Don Draper in silhouette against an iconic backdrop. In the beginning, the richly cluttered urban canyons of Manhattan in the show's evocative opening titles. In the end, the seemingly limitless horizon of the Pacific Ocean.