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Political analyst William Bradley is an award-winning columnist and experienced political advisor.

Beginning as a U.S. Senate intern before the Senate's decline, Bradley has been a senior advisor and special advisor to presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, governors and senators, was senior advisor with Arianna Huffington of Shadow Conventions 2000, and advised leading parties in Mexico, Japan, Germany, and Russia. The HuffPost featured columnist and former chief political writer for the LA Weekly and California Business has held federal, state and local posts, co-founded a newspaper in California's capital, dabbled in Hollywood, written for a score of major international publications, hosted a national radio show on XM, and been an Al Jazeera analyst.

A U.C. Berkeley grad and U.S. Navy vet, Bradley is USC's first senior fellow for online journalism and a former national merit scholar, VISTA Volunteer, Royal Society of Arts fellow, and guest lecturer at Berkeley and Harvard. A yearly judge of the national AltWeekly Awards, he was a senior fellow of University of Colorado and Cal State University think tanks and is a member of the American Legion and Mensa.

Lauded by the New Republic in its heyday as "California's premier political analyst," Bradley was dubbed an "All-Pro" operative by Campaigns & Elections for his presidential campaign work during his twenties. His New West Notes has a 90%+ forecasting record.

The former doctoral fellow, who has done post-grad work at UCLA, USC, Oxford, Stanford, University of Virginia, and the Naval War College, earned memberships in the national honor societies of a half-dozen academic fields, as well as the overall liberal arts, and awards in advertising and public relations. A multi-sport and multi-event athlete in high school and college and a sometime track coach, he has a 1st degree black belt in karate.

Bradley is a frequent analyst on national radio and international television, and enjoys the cavalcade of events in these dark and fascinating times.

Entries by William Bradley

Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals a Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, leader of the opposition on the US Supreme Court to the legalization of same-sex marriage, revealed a bizarre sense of political geography in his bitter dissent...

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State of Play: Our Far-flung Crises

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:07 PM

"God of our fathers, known of old-- Lord of our far-flung battle line Beneath whose awful hand we hold Dominion over palm and pine ..."

from Rudyard Kipling's "Recessional," composed for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897


The velocity of events and the fragmentation of the media culture...

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Why Jerry Brown Prevailed So Quickly in the California Budget Tussle

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 2:54 PM

For weeks there were signs of a potential California budget fight between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators, with the press spinning it up a bit. The Legislative Analyst Office was estimating billions more in revenue than the Brown administration. Democratic interest groups were urging more spending on social programs....

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Jurassic Politics: Hillary, Invoking FDR, Runs Left of Obama While Jeb Bush Does Straight Remake

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 2:16 PM

Is there a certain synchronicity at work with Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush staging their big formal campaign openings just as Jurassic World oddly enjoys the biggest opening weekend of all time with its recycled plot (albeit with new bells and whistles) about the dangerous majesty of rampaging dinosaurs? It...

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Hillary Set To Move Past Prelims With Roosevelt Island Address (Are the Clintons Cynics or Realists?)

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 11:45 PM

The Clintons like to sail pretty close to the wind to gain advantage in all circumstances. If we haven't learned that about them by now, we haven't learned much. It does little for them as paragons; it may do a lot for them as powers.

Not infrequently, it ain't pretty....

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

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 1:27 PM

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...

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Republican Civil War Between Imperialists and Isolationists Has Deep Roots and Big Implications

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 11:57 PM

The Republicans' dramatic intra-party fighting over NSA domestic surveillance, which saw the likes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain having to give way to the likes of young libertarian Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul and House Republicans, points up a brewing civil...

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Patriot Games

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 1:58 PM

I'm not a big fan of libertarians or libertarian Republicans, but Kentucky Senator Rand Paul deserves tremendous credit for his brinksmanship on the Patriot Act in forcing the U.S. Senate leadership to bend on the issue of the federal government's massive, once very secret, monitoring of our private communications. Here...

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Despite Water and Climate Controversies and Urgings for Tax Hikes and Tax Cuts, Jerry Brown Scores High in New Polling

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:22 PM

The big drought has Californians worried. There are major controversies over Governor Jerry Brown's order to cut water consumption by 25 percent, not to mention some furious to-and-froing on climate change and demands for tax hikes and tax cuts. Nevertheless, Brown has the approval of nearly 60 percent of California...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:19 PM

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few."

-- Shunryu Suzuki
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind


Mad Men is over. Yet life goes on for its characters. This is not at all what a great many critics and fans...

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Lack of Media Context Skews View of Obama's Gulf Arab Summit

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 2:12 PM

You'd think that more than 40 years of fixation on the Middle East, often to the exclusion of more important areas of the world, would at least enable sophisticated media coverage of Middle Eastern politics as it impacts American politics. But no. Maybe that's a reason why we're so bogged...

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Mad Men: One Journey, One Redemption, One Ending

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:59 PM

Don Draper has been shedding quite a few things this season. His marriage and his hot girlfriends, his home and household possessions, a large part of his wealth, his illusions about his profession.

So it makes sense that he ends the penultimate episode in the epic novel for television that...

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Britain's Shock Election: Labour's Big Defeat Seeded in the Sands of Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:48 PM

The shock results from the British election at the end of last week will reverberate for a long time. Rather than the near dead heat between the Conservatives led by Prime Minister David Cameron and the Labour Party led by Opposition Leader Ed Miliband, the actual vote resulted in a...

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Mad Men: Horizons Lost and Not Yet Found

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:50 PM

The third-to-last episode of Mad Men ever, "Lost Horizon," was another fine episode in a fine final run of episodes, but perhaps unnecessary. Neither we nor the characters learn anything we don't already know.

With just two episodes left after this one in the life of the series, most...

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Allies: Why Japan, Rather Than Israel, Should Be the New Britain

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 10:58 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's just completed trip to Washington, D.C. and California points up Japan's new status. Our bitter enemy of the mid-20th century is poised to become America's most important ally in the early 21st century.

It's a status that Abe certainly seems to embrace. In his address...

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The New Devolution: Hillary's Troubled Launch and the Latest Drone Fiasco and Bush Antics

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:07 PM

Think of it not as a new deal but a new devolution, an ongoing decline of quality substance, concern, and even basic awareness in public life. With three unfortunately good examples on current display.

First, we have the troubled ongoing roll-out of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Now, it may well...

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Mad Men: What's in a Name? Or, Don Draper Looks to the Horizon

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:38 AM

Sterling Cooper is no more. And Don Draper is a free man, a rich man, able to pursue whatever version of a more fulfilling life occurs to him. Spoilers, naturally, are ensuing.

That's the upshot of the latest episode, "Time & Life," a word play on the building which contains...

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How It Was To Be: FDR and the UN's San Francisco Founding Conference, 70 Years On

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 2:16 PM

As the dignitaries and delegates from 50 nations made their way the evening of April 25th, 1945 into the San Francisco Opera House for the opening of the founding conference of the United Nations, they encountered a stage redolent of an Enlightenment aesthetic. It contained four golden pillars linked by...

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Mad Men: "The Forecast" Is Mixed

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 11:57 PM

Don Draper takes stock of the future, his own, his agency's, his family's, maybe even a bit of thought about the world.

What he finds are colleagues who have no vision beyond more of the same -- Peggy Olsen wants to be creative director, Ted Chaogh wants some more...

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Marvelverse at A Crossroads Leads the Way In A Big Year for Genre Franchises

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 3:53 PM

In a movie year marked by a raft of famous genre franchises, the Marvelverse is set once again to lead the way. What Marvel calls its interlocking "Marvel Cinematic Universe" features the return of the Avengers -- opening in the UK on April 23 and rolling out across the world,...

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