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Obama's Troublesome Distractions Won't Wreck His Asia-Pacific Pivot (But Not Because of Him)

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

One good thing for the president is that his Asia-Pacific Pivot -- heightened engagement with the rising region, and nascent superpower China -- hasn't been wrecked by the lengthening array of Obama administration distractions, including his troubled and tardy war against Isis.

Mad About the '60s... Fearful Fail-Safes, Then and Now

William Bradley | Posted 10.19.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The popular sense of the early 1960s is that it was mostly a time of light and celebration which came to an abrupt end with the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But the reality, as most Mad Men viewers know, is much more complex.

Jerry Brown Cruises (and Makes an Adjustment) As Kashkari Flails Strangely

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With just under three weeks left till the November 4th election, Jerry Brown is driving toward a big win in his quest for a record fourth term as governor of California.

Leon Panetta's Book, Barack Obama's Plight, and the Shreds of Statesmanship

William Bradley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. The last thing he need is one of his former top officials feeding attack lines to his enemies. So naturally, that's what he has.

Jerry Brown Closes His Final Campaign for Governor as He Began His First

William Bradley | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Locked on trajectory for a big win in his bid for an historic fourth term as governor of California, Jerry Brown is ending his last campaign for the office as he began his first some 40 years ago. He is running a campaign to promote an initiative drive to better the state.

Jerry Brown in Total Command for Term 4 Five Weeks Out

William Bradley | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Despite Obama's slumping popularity, all that remains in question is the final margin of victory, the outcome of key initiatives important to Brown's future plans, the size of Democratic majorities in the state Senate and Assembly, and whether there will be another Democratic sweep of all statewide offices.

14 Reasons Why Captain America: The Winter Soldier Is the Best Pop Movie of the Year

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier this month on disc and download reminds of what a terrific film it is. With some competition from its delightful Marvel Studios sibling, Guardians of the Galaxy, it's the best pop movie of the year.

On the Road To Term 4, Jerry Brown Dispenses With Kashkari and Rolls With Arnold Schwarzenegger

William Bradley | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After kicking off the fall campaign with his latest Labor Day weekend tour, Governor Jerry Brown ... wait. That didn't happen. I don't know what Jerry Brown did on Labor Day weekend, but it wasn't that.

The Arnold Extravaganza, 11 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

How will Schwarzenegger and his governorship -- easily the most surprising thing in a surprising life -- be seen in the end? That depends on a number of things, not the least of which is himself.

California Republicans in Focus: The Controller's Race Gets a Democrat

William Bradley | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The long road back for California Republicans came into clearer focus in the past few days as the Democratic candidate in the race for state controlle...

Even With California's Legislature on Summer Vacation, Things Keep Perking in Jerry Brown World

William Bradley | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With the California legislature off on a month's vacation beginning with the 4th of July weekend, it's a period in California politics in which several matters are poised awaiting resolution; namely, policy on water, high-speed rail, and space, the state controller's race, and Governor Jerry Brown's future.

Jerry Brown Gets His California Budget, Teachers Unions Get a Harsh Wake-Up Call

William Bradley | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In a society in which capital has disproportionate power over labor, and in which organized labor is on the decline as a proportion of the labor force, it's incumbent on leaders of organized labor not to make it easy for their enemies to make them the issue.

California Primary: Jerry Brown Romps While Republicans Dodge Their Own Silver Bullet and Other Races Intrigue

William Bradley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Though the election was largely a bore, it did have some interesting outcomes, not only in the statewide races but also in some district level races for Congress and state Assembly and even local office.

California Says 'Welcome Aboard' to Obama's Big Climate Move

William Bradley | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Today's executive order from President Barack Obama, directing power plants to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, vindicates California's 2006 decision to move forward on its own to cut greenhouse gas emissions through a comprehensive program.

California Primary: Devolution and the Republican Race to Lose to Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just a few days remain till California's primary election. Will California Republicans, whose share of the state's electorate dropped more than seven percent over the past decade, veer even further to the right with their standard-bearer for governor?

Jerry Brown Aims Elsewhere As Republicans Careen Toward California Primary

William Bradley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In truth, it doesn't really matter for Brown which Republican he wallops in November. He will win a record fourth term as California's governor in a landslide, his third in four gubernatorial runs. What difference does it make how much he wins by?

Jerry Brown Makes Big Budget Moves While the Republican Race To Lose To Him Intensifies

William Bradley | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With less than three weeks until California's primary election, Governor Jerry Brown continues to campaign for a record fourth term by acting as governor while the race for the right to lose to him in November between a pair of little-known yet sharply contrasting Republicans continues to intrigue in an oddly low-key sort of way.

California Primary: Republican Fight to Lose to Jerry Brown Still Unsettled One Month Out

William Bradley | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In the absence of big initiative battles or high-profile, big money candidates slugging it out, we are left with, what we are left with. Primarily, that's the question of which little known Republican will emerge from the open primary into the November run-off with Governor Jerry Brown.

62 Reasons to Love the Cup

Christopher Caen | Posted 06.24.2014 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

You may not know it from the cricket chorus bursting forth from City Hall, but things are moving along smartly to finalize the plans for the next edition of the America's Cup.

What Jerry Brown's Big Lead Means

William Bradley | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With less than eight weeks to go till the California primary election, Governor Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead over the multi-partisan field.

California's 'Up-Wing' Governors: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis

William Bradley | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown, Schwarzenegger, and Davis are not so much left-wing figures or right-wing figures as they are up-wing figures, i.e., political leaders who place a special emphasis on big think/think big future-oriented policies that position California on the global cutting edge.

California Republicans Struggle to Prep for Primary 11 Weeks From Now

William Bradley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

California Republicans gathered over the weekend just past for the first of their two annual state party conventions, this one conveniently located for a quick getaway near the San Francisco airport.

Feinstein vs. CIA Fight Points Up Need for A New 'Church Committee'

William Bradley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If the CIA becomes regarded as monstrous and out of control by not just the usual critics but also by much of the mainstream in the U.S. and around the world -- and they are on that cusp right now -- some of the most important tools in protecting the United States and its interests short of war become, at best, decidedly double-edged swords.

Now That the Future's Back in California, What's Up and Why with Jerry Brown, Democrats, and Republicans

William Bradley | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Is it because of Jerry Brown's leadership skills, his "insider's knowledge and outsider's mind?" Is it because California Democrats have their act together? Is it because California Republicans have run their party into the ground? Or some combination thereof?

Putin's Gambit and Obama's Recurring Russia Problem

William Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama and Russia, again. It's an ongoing storyline, President Barack Obama's chronic problem in properly reading Russia and in particular, President Vladimir Putin. We're shocked that Putin would intervene militarily in Crimea. Why?