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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 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 Al Jazeera analyst.

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 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 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

Bonding Before Spectre: Thunderball at 50

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 11:57 PM

The latest Bond extravaganza will be upon us in just a few weeks. Following on the massive commercial and critical success of the 50th anniversary Bond film, 2012's Skyfall, the new film promises to tie the previous three films of the Daniel Craig incarnation of the timeless British superspy into...

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Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 11:36 PM

We may look back on this week just passing as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations, impossible to ignore. It is a particular low point...

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Obama's China Syndrome

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 11:45 PM

President Barack Obama's Washington summit and White House state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping marked one of the administration's last big attempts to place U.S.-China relations on a good track. With China's secretive and troubled massive economy affecting others in ways we're still learning, growing American concern over cyber-espionage...

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Mad Men's Emmy Finale, and History

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 11:55 PM

After its very satisfying series finale, it looked like Mad Men might just end up with another near perfect finale, this time at the Emmy Awards in the form of a record-breaking fifth Emmy as Best Dramatic Series. But, with the Emmy voting changed -- something that would have been...

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The Sanders Saga: Why Is 'A Half-Baked Version of Tom Hayden' Beating the Clintons?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 11:45 PM

Last month, with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire primary polls and getting closer but still well behind in first-in-the-nation caucus state Iowa, I asked an old Clintonista how it could be that "a half-baked version of Tom Hayden" had a shot at beating the Clintons....

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Can the Democrats Lose California?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 1:46 PM

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?

Considering that I began as a columnist 28 years ago this month by asking if the Democrats can win California -- Sí,...

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9/11 Plus 14: The Morphing Long War Bloodily Meanders On

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 1:32 PM

How is it even possible that the jihadist situation is even more screwed up now than it was right after the 9/11 attacks? Because two successive presidencies, seeming and mostly real political opposites, have pursued deeply incoherent and ultimately profoundly counter-productive strategies.

The only way the policies pursued by George...

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Obama, Jerry Brown and Climate Change: From the Arctic to the Arabs and the Oil Empire at Home

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

"The trouble with this country is that you can't win an election without the oil bloc, and you can't govern with it."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown have both been pushing the envelope of efforts to bring climate change under control and running up against...

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V-J Day at 70: China Mangles History and Projects A More Doubtful Future

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 8:18 PM

There were only a few things wrong with the massive parade today in Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, Victory over Japan Day. The folks doing the celebrating only tangentially represent the Chinese who most actively resisted the Japanese invaders. And the celebration itself, meant to signify China's...

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Turner's Timeless Show of Light, Color and Wonder

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 10:57 PM

We on the West Coast of the United States have been privileged this year by having available to us the largest showing of Britain's arguably greatest artist, J.M.W. Turner, ever seen on Pacific shores. More than 60 paintings in oil and water color by Turner have been on exhibition here....

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Surprise and the Summer Genre Picture

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:02 PM

A summer movie season with more than a little surprise factor to it is winding down now with its latest surprise unfolding. Terminator Genisys, mostly critically derided, a domestic box office disappointment, is, ah, morphing into a global box office hit following a blitz of China by former Governor Arnold...

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 10:24 PM

Hillary Clinton's been having a rather rough time of it for months now. Not so much because of her performance as a candidate this year as because of the overhang of a few old decisions. The most recurring of those being her decision to run all her e-mail as US...

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Trump's Big Mouth/Big Money Campaign Is All Too Emblematic of the Era

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 1:37 PM

Donald Trump keeps on saying stupid, hateful things. About Mexicans, women, John McCain, Megyn Kelly... And he keeps on leading the Republican presidential race. Gosh, could there be a correlation?

If anything, Trump has consolidated a sizable lead in the Republican race since the big debate earlier this month, as...

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Don't Look Now, But the Next Bush Wants Us In Another New War in the Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 11:55 PM

It could be the Summer of Trump that's responsible. Our already easily distracted media culture is on tilt from the advent of "The Donald" as Republican presidential frontrunner.

The rise of his Big Mouth/Big Money campaign not only speaks volumes about the devolutionary state of our politics, it's created a...

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The Atomic Bomb at 70: Its Fearsome Impact, Frightful Legacy, and Potential Stellar Redemption

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 2:09 PM

Perhaps the most horrifying thing about the nuking of Hiroshima 70 years ago is that it did not end World War II. The event that ultimately did lead to the end of the war came three days later, on August 9th, 1945 when another American B-29 dropped a slightly larger...

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Mission: Impossible at 50 (ish)

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:58 PM

"Hunt is the living manifestation of destiny, and he has made you his mission!"

-- Alec Baldwin as the CIA director in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise owes Lucille Ball a great debt of gratitude. For that matter, so do we all. The legendary I Love...

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Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Gray Davis? Which Governor Spearheaded California's Climate Change Program?

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 2:53 PM

It's like deja vu all over again. The Governor of California, with global efforts on climate change seemingly stalled and the concurrence of nations dangerously lacking, is talking up the role of subnational governments and California's pioneering programs, signing international agreements with some and appearing with concerned international leaders.


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Jerry Brown's Climate Road Show Meets Up With the Pope in Rome

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 12:48 AM

Governor Jerry Brown, pressing the California agenda on renewable energy and climate change, followed up his successful appearance earlier this month at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto with what looks like an even more successful appearance at the Pope's summit on Tuesday and Wednesday in Rome.


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Mad Men Has A Decent Shot At A Record 5th Best Drama Emmy, But Should It Win?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 3:49 PM

The Emmy nominations at the end of last week brought good news for Mad Men. The 11 nominations for its final season marked a return to form after a few down years in the awards sweepstakes. And after reading a number of forecasts by various entertainment outlets, it looks to...

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Trump Finally Performs A Public Service (And Poses A Hard Question for Republicans)

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2015 | 11:50 PM

For most of my adult life, this semi-literate, mega-rich egomaniac out of New York called Donald Trump has pretended to be an important public figure, making an endless array of half-baked public pronouncements, slapping his name on things, and generally giving narcissistic personality disorder a bad name. Naturally, our devolutionary...

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