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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

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.

In...

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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.

When...

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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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Iran's Honor System Nuke Deal Solves A Problem But Begs A Question

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 1:50 PM

Let's not kid ourselves. The deal with Iran that President Barack Obama so proudly announced on Tuesday does not prevent the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power. Far from it. The unasked, and unanswered, question in all the predictable hubbub and blather is how much that matters.

Some credible...

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The Sanders Paradox: Could Hillary Really Be In Trouble?

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:32 PM

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. Still, you can see the impact already in Monday's left-tinged economic address at the New School in Manhattan, where Hillary hit a lot of atmospheric...

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Avengers 2: There May Just Be a Pop Epic Somewhere Inside Marvel's 'Disappointing' Age of Ultron Mega-Hit

(35) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 11:47 PM

For what's turned out to be one of the biggest hits of all-time -- likely finishing its first release run at number 6 on the all-time worldwide box office list and number 8 on the domestic box office list -- the not especially felicitously titled Avengers: Age of Ultron has...

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 2:20 PM

"It is dangerous to mix godlike technology with megalomaniac politics but it might be even more dangerous to blend godlike technology with myopic politics. Our politics is becoming mere administration and is giving up on the future exactly when technology gives us the power to reshape that future beyond our...
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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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