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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. 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

Post-Paris Politics: Countering and (Maybe) Defeating ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 10:56 PM

More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, our ever reliable index of...

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Another Democratic Debate Ends, With Hillary Very Much On Top

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 11:05 PM

With the holidays now approaching, the year is on the verge of ending as it began, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in firm command of the Democratic presidential race and looking rather good for the presidency itself. The weekend's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines saw her remaining...

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The Republican Anti-Enlightenment Express Rolls On In Another Goofy Debate

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:15 PM

So, another Republican presidential debate brings more confirmation of what the Republican Party has become. It's probably the most reactionary major conservative party of any in the advanced industrial world.

It can't be a coincidence that the two most aggressive know-nothings in the race, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, are...

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The Brilliant Failure Of Steve Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 10:59 PM

Steve Jobs, which I've seen three times now, is a curious and entertaining film. Until recently seen as a top Oscar favorite, it's also proved to be a shocking box office bomb, falling away to virtually nothing just now after only its third weekend in general release.

In some respects,...

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Obama Gets It Right in the South China Sea

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 12:56 AM

President Barack Obama sent the Navy in harm's way this week and it turned out fine. Having gotten what it's going to get, at least for now, from China, the Obama administration at last challenged China's absurd claim of sovereignty over far distant artificial islands it's built in the South...

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Benghazi Blues: Political and Media Non-Seriousness on Dramatic Display

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 12:57 AM

What a great dozen-day stretch Hillary Clinton has just had. First a very impressive performance in the first Democratic presidential debate. Followed by the rapid-fire sequential cessation of the presidential hopes of Vice President Joe Biden and the actual presidential campaigns of former Virginia Senator and Navy Secretary Jim Webb...

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Obama's Hard Calls: South China Sea, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Ukraine and Russia

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 12:57 AM

As he comes to grips with his failed escalations in Afghanistan and Syria, President Barack Obama should nevertheless respond to China's escalations in the South China Sea. Fortunately, all it requires is that he direct the U.S. Navy to sail where it has legally sailed for more than a century.

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Why Hillary Dominated the Democratic Debate (and Why the Race Isn't Over)

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 4:02 PM

After months of being stuck in a rather silly media box of, ironically, her own original making, Hillary Clinton at last found herself in a competitive situation in this long unfolding presidential campaign. And, free from the endless catch-22 purgatory of mostly silly chatter about her not-so-private emails, she did...

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Jerry Brown, Greening California and the Ancien Regime of Oil

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 12:43 AM

When Governor Jerry Brown signed new landmark legislation advancing California's leadership role on renewable energy and energy efficiency on October 7th, he did so amidst signs that his recently thwarted drive to cut petroleum use in California by half is proceeding on other fronts.

Last month, as...

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Bonding Before Spectre: Thunderball at 50

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 12:57 AM

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 3, 2015 | 12:36 AM

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 27, 2015 | 12:45 AM

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 24, 2015 | 12:55 AM

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 20, 2015 | 12:45 AM

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 | 2:46 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 | 2:32 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 | 1:00 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 | 9:18 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 | 11:57 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 | 3:02 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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