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Political analyst William Bradley is an award-winning columnist and experienced political advisor. His New West Notes, longtime California leader in near real-time political analysis, has a 90%+ forecasting record.

Beginning as a U.S. Senate intern, 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.

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

Breaking Bad, Sherlock, and Television's Golden Age of Anti-Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:09 PM

This year's Emmy Awards proved to be very big for Breaking Bad and, at least numerically, a little bit bigger for Sherlock. The BBC's updating of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective carted away seven Emmy Awards in the miniseries and television movie categories, one more than Breaking Bad, one of...

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ISIS Crisis: Is Obama About to Reverse One of His Worst Decisions?

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:46 PM

After months of delay, with his administration finally spinning up and beginning to execute a plan against ISIS -- the world's richest terrorist outfit busily tearing apart two Middle East nations with more on the chopping block -- President Barack Obama is at last signaling that he may be ready...

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ISIS Crisis: Limits and Limited Success for Obama's Flawed Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 1:18 PM

The US has a tiger by the tail in trying to deal with Isis. President Barack Obama has a couple of successes in his air campaign. But real limits, some of them obvious, are already showing in the late-starting struggle against the Al Qaeda offshoot that effectively controls roughly a...

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Epic and Comic in Cal Governor's Race: Jerry Brown's Water Win vs Kashkari's Homeless Gag

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 2:17 PM

The epic and the comic mark what continues to be the essential non-event that is the California governor's race. Okay, it's actually a signature event, in that it will result in a record-breaking fourth term for Jerry Brown. But I wrote that a long time ago, so the race itself...

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Isis Crisis: Obama's Flawed Strategy, Hillary's Farfetched Excuse

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 7:20 PM

Well, isn't that reassuring? President Barack Obama and his famous former secretary of state, once and probably future presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, made nice Wednesday night at a chi chi Martha's Vineyard party and seemingly put an end to their blame game over responsibility for the alarming rise of Isis...

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10 Reasons Why Guardians of the Galaxy Has Turned Into A Smash Hit

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 10:52 PM

Defying a lot of early expectations, five of the most oddball characters ever to gain a mass audience the newest superheroes of the Marvelverse and, in Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the biggest hit movies of the year. It's as if five denizens of the Star Wars bar scene...

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Obama's Irrelevant Air Strikes

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 1:24 PM

After months of temporizing analysis, President Barack Obama re-engaged militarily in the fading colonial construct known as "Iraq." That he has done so in limited fashion is to be commended, though the air strikes he has ordered so far are mere pinpricks. History will probably record that the invasion of...

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The Arnold Extravaganza, 11 Years On

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:55 PM

With Jerry Brown headed for a record fourth term in the quietest governor's race in my lifetime -- the Republican candidate just spent an amusing stunt week as a homeless person, with no one noticing he was off the radar screen -- this 11th anniversary of Arnold Schwarzenegger's shock announcement...

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Why 24 Lived Another Day and Will Live Again

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:42 PM

With comments from the head of the Fox broadcast TV network this week to the effect that he is looking forward to another season, it's clear that the return of 24, which wrapped up a 12-episode limited series run last week, has been a real success. Given that the show...

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California Republicans in Focus: The Controller's Race Gets a Democrat

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 6:45 PM

The long road back for California Republicans came into clearer focus in the past few days as the Democratic candidate in the race for state controller was finally confirmed and the party's little-known nominee for governor took some ill-advised cracks at the only Republican to win two landslide elections as...

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Lousy Scenarios, Limited Options: It Mostly Just Gets Worse for Obama

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Remember those halcyon days of yore, also known as last year, when President Barack Obama's frequently challenged job approval rating was always buttressed by his ratings on foreign policy and geopolitics? Those days of yore are certainly no more, with the global portion of the president's portfolio now dragging down...

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Even With California's Legislature on Summer Vacation, Things Keep Perking in Jerry Brown World

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:15 PM

With the California legislature off on a month's vacation beginning with the 4th of July weekend, it's a period in California politics in which several matters are poised awaiting resolution; namely, policy on water, high-speed rail, and space, the state controller's race, and Governor Jerry Brown's future.

As part...

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Why Are Obama and Kerry Wasting Their Time With 'Iraq?'

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:17 PM

What we have called "Iraq" since the British and French carved up the old Ottoman Empire after World War I is obviously over. So why are President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in the midst of the unfolding Gulf War III, wasting time pretending they might save...

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Is This What Terror War Success Looks Like?

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 4:23 PM

What does success against jihadist terrorist groups look like? For all the talk of a Forever War, we might just have an answer now.


With activity in the decades-long Islamic jihadist insurgency in the Philippines down to a consistently low ebb, and an autonomy agreement now...

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If ISIS Is Such a Threat, Why No Air Strikes?

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:06 PM

If ISIS, the al Qaeda offshoot currently rampaging around Iraq, is the threat that the Obama administration says it is, why have there been no U.S. air strikes? Is it because we are once again falling for the fallacy of nation-building, a lengthy process hoping for a better result than...

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If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 6:17 PM

As the Obama administration seeks to move forward in its policy of dutiful re-engagement with an Iraq in dire crisis, it's important to realize that the devolution and dismemberment of the long defined Iraqi state has already largely occurred. So Secretary of State John Kerry, about to meet with European...

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Jerry Brown Gets His California Budget, Teachers Unions Get a Harsh Wake-Up Call

(41) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 9:16 PM

Governor Jerry Brown got another on-time California state budget with nearly everything he wanted, a regular occurrence since he exercised a first-in-history budget veto three years ago, when the state legislature voted on Sunday. And a few days before that, the state's powerful teachers unions got a jarring wake-up call...

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ISIS Beats a Brutal Counterpoint to Hillary's Happy Book Launch

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 6:12 PM

Everyone expected this to be a very high-profile week for a political actor best known by a feminine first name. What few expected was that it would be the moniker of an extreme Islamic jihadist outfit sweeping through "liberated" Iraq as it carves out a new de facto state from...

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Obama's D-Day Misfire Mirrors Other Problems

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 9:40 PM

President Barack Obama's performance in France at the 70th anniversary of D-Day was something of a disappointment. Perhaps more to the point, it mirrored some of his recent problems, including those in geopolitics.

Before getting to deeper substance, I have to say this. Obama looked a little too bored. True,...

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California Primary: Jerry Brown Romps While Republicans Dodge Their Own Silver Bullet and Other Races Intrigue

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:14 PM

California's primary election yielded several interesting results amidst what looks like a record low turnout. First and foremost, the state's reeling Republicans dodged a silver bullet of their own making on Tuesday night when former assistant U.S. Treasury secretary Neel Kashkari won a hard fight over far right state Assemblyman...

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