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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

Have the Republicans Gone Overboard Already?

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 3:51 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 | 1:16 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 | 12:52 PM

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 | 11:52 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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Pax Americana at Presidents' Day: How Go Our Wars? (And How Many Are There, Anyway?)

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 12:53 PM

At the high-water mark of the Victorian Age British Empire, Her Majesty's Poet Laureate Alfred Austin was asked to share his conception of Heaven. It was, Lord Austin declared, to sit in an English garden receiving alternating messengers bearing reports of British victories at sea and British victories on land.

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Obama Looks to Expand the Wars

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 12:52 PM

At a time when it's not easy to say how many wars we are already involved in, President Barack Obama is considering more: A proxy war in Ukraine against Russia, if the latest ceasefire fails to hold. And expansion of the war against Isis, now in control of much of...

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While Jerry Brown Focuses On Term 4 Challenges, a Senate Race Starts to Shape Up

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 12:53 PM

For the first time since the first George Bush was president, California Democrats are having a competition for a seat in the U.S. Senate. And the early leader is the only candidate on the 2010 statewide Democratic ticket who nearly didn't win.

That's Kamala Harris, a friend of President Obama...

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No Remittance: Romney's Comeback and Fade-Out Illuminate a Curious Republican Presidential Race

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 1:16 PM

How strange is it that Mitt Romney suddenly announced at the end of last week that he's out of a third presidential run he'd only recently spun up? No stranger than getting back into the fray in the first place.

Romney had made no formal announcement of candidacy, of course,...

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Obama Makes Some Progress In His Passage To India Before the Big Kowtow in Saudi

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:55 PM

President Barack Obama made some progress on his agenda in his passage to India. But events in the Middle East and Washington demonstrated again how hamstrung his administration continues to be.

With Republicans stronger in Congress now than they have been since the first election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in...

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How American Sniper Became a Surprise Mega-Hit Honoring America's Martial Culture and Highlighting the Futility of the Iraq War

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 12:07 AM

A funny thing happened on the way to a big opening for Clint Eastwood's mostly critically acclaimed American Sniper; it turned out to be a monster, record-breaking opening for the month and the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, and Eastwood himself. A Marvel-style opening, actually, about a real-life...

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Star Trek's Troubling 50th Anniversary

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 1:28 PM

There was some heartening news over the holidays for those of us who are longtime Star Trek fans. And there was some alarming news, none of which has been mitigated since.

The next Star Trek film in the rebooted franchise now has a launch date in its 50th anniversary year...

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The Trouble With Charlie...

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 11:51 PM

Last week's murderous radical Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris, centering on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, were an utter outrage to humanity. The perpetrators and other conspirators deserve the most aggressive and terminal responses available.

Sunday's gigantic rally in Paris, proceeding down Boulevard Voltaire -- named for the French philosophe,...

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Jerry Brown's Big Green Inaugural Week

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 12:40 AM

"Toward that end, I propose three ambitious goals to be accomplished within the next 15 years: Increase from one-third to 50 percent our electricity derived from renewable sources; Reduce today's petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent; Double the efficiency of existing buildings and make heating...
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Mario Cuomo: The Greatness and the Fallacy

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 11:53 PM

"We Democrats believe in something else. We Democrats believe that we can make it all the way with the whole family intact, and we have more than once. Ever since Franklin Roosevelt lifted himself from his wheelchair to lift this nation from its knees -- wagon train after wagon train...
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On the Eve of Another Low-Key Inaugural, Jerry Brown Heads Into a High-Key Term 4

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Governor Jerry Brown enters his low-key yet historic January 5th inaugural for a fourth term as California's governor with recent progress on major fronts.

There's more progress on the state's once disastrous budget front, with revenue running a few billion ahead of forecasts. Brown's imperative in good times is to...

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Mad About the '60s ... Goldfinger at 50 and Bond Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2015 | 1:09 PM

(Note: This is one in a series of occasional pieces in the run-up to the series finale of Mad Men with cultural relevance to the period of the show and today.)

Mr. Bond, all my life I have been in love. I have been in love with gold. I love...
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Pre-Holiday Jerry Brown Preps for Term 4

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 11:42 PM

Governor Jerry Brown was resolute when I raised the latest disappointing round of UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru with him. "California will lead the way," he declared. "Have no doubt."

Brown is not nearly so emphatic about his latest low-key Inaugural celebration, even though it is a record fourth...

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Obama's Big Move: Time to Bring Cuba Through the Time Tunnel

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 1:54 PM

It's hard to believe that Cuba has been a hot button for so long, more than half a century, but it has. That President Barack Obama's decision to recognize the Cuban regime and begin normalizing relations with the Caribbean island nation 90 miles from Florida is drawing some sharp opposition...

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Mad About the '60s ... Wild Dr. Strangelove at 50 Reassures That Irrationality Is in the Past (Or Does It?)

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:03 PM

(Note: This is one in a series of occasional pieces in the run-up to the series finale of Mad Men with cultural relevance to the period of the show and today.)
General "Buck" Turgidson: Mr. President, we are rapidly approaching a moment of truth both for ourselves as human beings...
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At the Last, Feinstein Finds Trouble in the Secret World

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 11:54 PM

It's safe to say that Senator Dianne Feinstein has been anything but a boat-rocker during her six years as chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. Indeed, she's widely regarded as having been a reliable ally of the alphabet soup intelligence community during her many years as a member of...

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