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

Beginning as a U.S. Senate intern before the Senate's decline, Bradley has been a senior advisor, special advisor and special consultant 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 Post 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 on-air Al Jazeera analyst and consultant.

A U.C. Berkeley grad and U.S. Navy vet, Bradley is USC's first senior fellow for online journalism and has been a National Merit Scholar, VISTA Volunteer, Royal Society of Arts and Royal Geographical Society 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, mainly for his presidential campaign work, during his twenties. His New West Notes has a 90%+ forecasting record.

The summa cum laude grad and 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. An Eagle Scout and multi-sport and multi-event athlete in high school and college, he has a 1st degree black belt in karate.

Bradley is an analyst on national radio and international television. A permanent student of the dynamics of history, he enjoys the cavalcade of events in these dark and fascinating times.

Entries by William Bradley

Trump Flounders As The Stakes Get Bigger

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2016 | 11:00 PM

Donald Trump has to be feeling the heat now. With polls a week ago showing essentially a dead heat for president between him and Hillary Clinton (new network polls show her moving back into a slender lead after receiving her Bernie Sanders endorsement), the billionaire bully boy waffled...

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Can Bernie Sanders Make A Big Difference For Hillary Clinton?

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 11:56 PM

The latest polls, and the latest terrorist attack, make it appallingly clear that Donald Trump really can be elected president. Though many are still in denial about that, the sense that things are increasingly out of control and established elites can't be trusted to handle them plays right into Trump's...

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Tony Blair's Ruination, And Hillary Clinton's Real Problem

(9) Comments | Posted July 10, 2016 | 10:58 PM

For the past seven years, the British government has done something the Obama administration opted against, mounting a painstaking official inquiry into the origins and conduct of the Iraq War. On Wednesday morning, the report of the Iraq Inquiry landed in London with the impact of a political...

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Jerry Brown's Concerns Reflect Hillary Clinton's Vulnerability

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 11:58 PM

Governor Jerry Brown has signed another California budget essentially along the lines he proposed, once again thwarting the designs of some legislative Democrats for expansive new and renewed programs. Not that Brown hasn't had some expansive programs of his own, especially in education, health care, energy and the environment, and...

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Brexiting: Clinton And Warren Look Like Strong Casting While Brit Pols Are Just Casting About

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 11:57 PM

Brexiting: Clinton and Warren Look Like Strong Casting While Brit Pols Are Just Casting About


There's a lot of calculation at work when a presidential candidate picks a running mate. As the first female presidential nominee of a major party looks for a hoped-for vice president, there are...

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Brexit and Us: Voters Frightened by Chaos Choose ... More Chaos

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 11:56 PM

Does Hillary Clinton get it?

The Democratic presidential candidate, for whom Bernie Sanders now says he will vote in November, reacted to the British referendum to withdraw from the European Union in much the same fashion as, well, the EU bureaucrats just rejected by voters much like those driving Trumpism...

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How Bernie Sanders Is Mangling His Media Moment

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2016 | 3:28 PM

Things haven't gone so smoothly for Bernie Sanders since the primary season ended with a cascade of victories for Hillary Clinton. His big speech at the end of last week on the future of his campaign and movement was marked by network cutaways when he declined to acknowledge Clinton's insurmountable...

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Orlando's Complexity Shows Why We Have To Resist Trump-Driven Snap Judgments

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 11:57 PM

At first blush, very first blush, it seemed cut and dried. America's new record-setting mass murder, and I'll refer to him only by his terrible acts and not his deservedly forgettable name, had claimed he carried out the worst mass shooting in our history as a jihadist for Isis. Then...

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Behind Hillary Clinton's Big California Win and the Promise/Peril of the Bernie Sanders Movement

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 11:55 PM

Poor Bernie Sanders. He made his big post-primary return to Washington Thursday, meeting with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Senate Democratic Leader Reid, ending the day with a rally at RFK Stadium. But to look at the media coverage, it's as though all that barely happened, as the Vermont...

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How Well Is Hillary's Attack on "Duce" Donald Trump Working?

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 2:09 PM

Hillary Clinton has finally done herself some real good with her big speech late last week in San Diego going after Donald Trump's aggressively ignorant and dangerous approach to geopolitics and national security affairs. And just in the nick of time, for his unhinged response to her tough remarks --...

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'For What It's Worth': Bernie, Hillary, Jerry Brown, and A Colorful California Primary

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 11:52 PM

"There's something happening here What it is ain't exactly clear ..."

Stephen Stills
"For What It's Worth"
Buffalo Springfield
January 1967


Bernie Sanders had quite a Memorial Day. First, he addressed a spirited rally of more than 20,000 people in downtown Oakland, then he and...

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Reflections for An Uneasy Memorial Day: Obama's Mystery Achievements, Trumping Dangerous Nonsense

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 10:52 PM

On the final Memorial Day weekend of the Obama administration, the soon to be astonishingly young ex-Commander-in-Chief has some recent successes to savor on the security front. But, as usual, he has to worry that his message isn't getting through a cacophonous environment and wonder if any of his geopolitical...

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Phasing Forward: 'Captain America: Civil War' Proves a Smashing Departure in Marvel's Big Novel for the Big Screen

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 1:57 PM

Maybe it's not a totally ADD media culture after all. Captain America: Civil War, a critical smash, is proving to be a massive popular hit here in the US and around the world. And it's doing it by imaginatively knitting together elements from the dozen earlier films in the so-called...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 12:58 AM

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 global effort to rein in climate change can still be easily destroyed and the world can become...

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Is the Obama NSC as Realistic About the World as It Is About the Media?

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 11:55 PM

Every once in a while in the endless spin cycle that makes up politics in a hyper-mediated era, a key operative provides some actual clarity. That is what happened over the weekend when the apparent other lobe of President Barack Obama's brain for communicating geopolitics, known as Deputy National Security...

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Will the California Primary Matter?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 1:33 PM

There's been a lot of chatter that the California primary may at last matter in the presidential race. Sorry to say that this dyed-in-the-wool California enthusiast doesn't think so. Not in terms of calling the turn on either party's nomination, that is. In each party, the likely nominee is clear;...

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Obama's Saudi Problem Overshadows His Gulf Arab and Western European Summits (and the Next Administration)

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 2:07 PM

President Barack Obama had some real problems last week in Riyadh during his visit with Saudi King Salman and summit with Gulf Arab leaders that overshadowed both his trip to the Gulf and his just held Western Europe summit in Hannover, Germany.

It's a far less soaring and arguably chastened...

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 11:44 PM

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.

Clinton's latest victory was her...

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What Sanders Is and Is Not Accomplishing

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2016 | 11:50 PM

The big and brawling debate Thursday night in Brooklyn revealed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders are pretty well sick of one another. And that they are each actually pretty darn good at what they do.

It's the pragmatist supreme vs. the idealist supreme....

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The Bernie-Hillary Hand-Off Gets a Big Delay

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 1:46 PM

By now, most professional Democrats expected the party's pivot to the general election to be getting underway in a bit way. It's not really happening. That's in large because the media loves a fight, even one that has a clear underlying dynamic contrary to the contest storyline. And in part...

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