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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 national, 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

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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Mad Men: Clearing the Decks for 'New Business'

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:57 PM

In a sense, the title of the latest episode of Mad Men, "New Business," is a misnomer. For most of it concerns old business. Yet dispensing with old business as good a way as any to get on with the new, and this episode clears the decks of much that...

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Franklin Roosevelt 70 Years On: America Never Really Recovered From FDR's Passing

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

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that...
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Civil War at 150: Appomattox Was Not the End

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 1:41 PM

"There was a great humorless arrogance about him, for he had never been blessed with a moment of self-doubt. He liked to say that he was in morals, not in politics. From this the logical deduction was that people who opposed him, numerous though they undoubtedly were, must be willfully...
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Mad Men : Don Draper's Back On Top and Having Fun, But Is That All There Is?

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 1:56 PM

And we're back.

Don Draper's power move has worked. With Sterling Cooper & Partners now a subsidiary of McCann Erickson, he's restored his central creative role in the agency, rid himself of a hateful rival, and further enriched himself. And with second wife Megan in the rear view mirror...

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In Greenhouse California, the Hissing of Summer Lawns Fizzles While Races for Senator and Governor Quietly Take Shape

(69) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

She could see the Valley barbecues From her window sill See the blue pools in the squinting sun Hear the hissing of summer lawns

Joni Mitchell
"The Hissing of Summer Lawns"
1975

One of the most curious staples of suburban American living, the lawn, seems to have had...

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Getting Real on Iran, and Israel

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 11:55 PM

It looks like we're going to see just how serious Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu really is about what he has been calling an "existential threat" to Israel for more than 20 years.

That would be the ever-impending, at least in Netanyahu's eternal estimation, advent of a nuclear weapon in...

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Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:55 PM

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

Yemen isn't obscure. It's the back of beyond. Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab...

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Jerry Brown Perks Up On Presidential Politics 35 Years After One of His Best and Most Disastrous Speeches

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 1:52 PM

Governor Jerry Brown made something of a stir last weekend with a crisp appearance on Meet the Press. After months of repeatedly saying he's not running for president, the four-term governor of the nation's largest state allowed as how, if he were 10 years younger, as host Chuck Todd put...

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Mad Men: The End Is About to Begin

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 11:18 PM

Monday's unveiling of a Mad Men sculpture outside Manhattan's Time-Life Building, site of the fictional headquarters of Sterling Cooper & Partners, reminds that the final season of the landmark television series set in the New York advertising world of the 1960s is nearly upon us. April 5th marks the beginning...

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Netanhyu's Big Come-From-Behind Win Inflames Many Situations

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 2:50 PM

"Right-wing rule is in danger. Arab voters are streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations."

Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanhyu on election day in Israel.


"I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands is giving attack grounds to radical...

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Jerry Brown Drops Out of Stealth Mode In Washington to Talk Presidential Politics

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Governor Jerry Brown, who can go for weeks without holding a public event, dropped his latest stealth mode with a trip over the weekend to Washington where he held private meetings at the White House and State Department and attended the annual semi-off-the-record Gridiron media dinner. In addition to his...

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Why Hillary Is Not Imploding

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Is Hillary Clinton really in serious trouble?

You can sure get that impression from the moment to moment coverage of her still undeclared second presidential campaign.

There's a whole litany of things being bandied about ... The vague and dull book, the awkward break with President Barack Obama, the poorly-done...

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What's the Impact of Netanyahu's Brash Address to Congress?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 12:01 PM

"If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."

Friedrich Nietzsche


The incredible spectacle of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's speech to Congress -- in which he appeared as much as the leader of the political opposition to the Obama administration as...

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Have the Republicans Gone Overboard Already?

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 2:51 PM

You can pretty much count on our two main political parties to go overboard when they retake Congress or the White House. Remember 2009? The Democrats supposedly had a permanent new majority. A new wave of liberalism would sweep all before it. The Republicans? Old and out of it, their...

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Exit Antonio: Will Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa, Now Out of the Senate Race, Run At Last for Governor?

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 12:16 PM

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's announcement earlier this week that he will not run next year for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Barbara Boxer came as something of a surprise, at least at this early date. Key associates of his had passed word that he...

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American Sniper Leaves Oscar Weekend Behind Without Top Prizes But With Larger Laurels

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:52 AM

American Sniper may not have come out of Oscar weekend with any of the top prizes, but it did come away with a new cumulative box office of more than $320 million. That's by far the highest of any war film in history, not to mention more than all the...

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Obama's Social Work Summit on "Violent Extremism" Misses the Root

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 10:52 PM

Will social work solve the problem of "violent extremism?" Well, it has the virtue of not having been tried.

But that's probably because it's largely beside the point.

Unfortunately, social work, broadly defined, was the conceptual focus of President Barack Obama's ballyhooed international conference on "countering violent extremism" held this...

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