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Political analyst William Bradley is an award-winning columnist and experienced political advisor. His New West Notes is the longtime California leader in near real-time political analysis with 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, and Royal Society of Arts fellow. 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, Naval Postgraduate School and 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

Obama Finally Gets Back to the Asia-Pacific

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 7:50 PM

The Obama Administration is turning its focus back to the Asia-Pacific, and President Barack Obama's big trip there, beginning with a state visit to Japan on Wednesday and Thursday before proceeding to South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Is the Ukraine crisis settled? That would be, er, no....

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Mad Men: More Hope and Some Change

(22) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 7:24 PM

Valentine's Day 1969 finds not much romance amongst the Sterling Cooper crew and no little consternation over work. But there are some definite green shoots of hope and change popping up amidst the confusion and anger.

The biggest change comes for Don Draper in this episode in which Jon Hamm...

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Does the Sudden Ukraine Deal Clear the Decks for Obama's Asia-Pacific Tour?

(25) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 5:37 PM

After spending Thursday in Geneva negotiating with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, and Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia, Secretary of State John Kerry came away with a deal that may defuse the present crisis in Ukraine. A deal that comes just in time...

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As Mad Men's Ending Begins, So Does a Shift to Shangri-LA

(44) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 6:34 PM

Mad Men made a very welcome return to our screens Sunday night with its 7th season opener, "Time Zones." Now only 13 episodes, split between this spring and next year, remain in this great novel for television.

Opening with a suspiciously brilliant pitch for a watch ad by Freddie Rumsen,...

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Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

(12) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 9:51 AM

What a week it was, of saber rattling across the globe, from the Potomac to the Persian Gulf, from the Black Sea to the Pacific.

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John...

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What Jerry Brown's Big Lead Means

(33) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:30 PM

With less than eight weeks to go till the California primary election, Governor Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead over the multi-partisan field in the latest Field Poll. Brown is at 57 percent. Far right Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, currently best positioned to make it out of the...

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California's 'Up-Wing' Governors: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis

(35) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 6:46 PM

Governor Jerry Brown has just turned 76. An increasingly timeless figure, as focused on the future of civilization today as the nation's oldest governor as he was when he was its youngest after his first election 40 years ago, Brown is getting a tremendous amount of credit, mostly deserved, for...

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'Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn't Mean...' Putin Paranoia Borne Out by U.S. Attempt at 'Color Revolution' in Cuba

(7) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 5:38 PM

You know the old saying. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

When I wrote the other day that the Ukraine crisis is complicated by the Russian view that Western intelligence agencies used do-gooder Western agencies and non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to spin up...

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John 'Quixote' Kerry Tilts for the Impossible With Russia and Israel

(54) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:57 PM

There are times these days when Secretary of State John Kerry seems like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills in trying to teach Russian President Vladimir Putin diplomatic manners and get right-wing Israeli leaders to accept a peace deal with the badly split Palestinians.

Kerry spent weeks railing against the Russians...

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What's in a Name? Captain America: The Winter Soldier

(15) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 8:23 PM

These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. -- from The American Crisis by Thomas Paine,...
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Obama: Good Talk, Loose Talk in Summiteering on Loose Nukes, Uptight Russia, the Asia-Pacific Pivot, and America's Problematic Image

(131) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 10:19 PM

It's the middle of a big week for President Barack Obama, one in which he tries to move from reactor to actor on the world stage. He's certainly hitting the venues for it -- the Hague, Brussels, Rome -- but settings only overwhelm substance for the unwary. His lauded though...

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Obama, Putin and Ukraine: No Charge of the Light Brigade But A Big Unnecessary Crisis

(51) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:57 PM

Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the Valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

from The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, then Poet Laureate of Great Britain, commemorating a disastrous cavalry charge against Russian forces...

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California Republicans Struggle to Prep for Primary 11 Weeks From Now

(10) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 6:23 PM

Governor Jerry Brown continues to have the "luck of the Irish" on this St. Patrick's Day.

California Republicans gathered over the weekend just past for the first of their two annual state party conventions, this one conveniently located for a quick getaway near the San Francisco airport. After reports from...

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Feinstein vs. CIA Fight Points Up Need for A New 'Church Committee'

(18) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 9:07 PM

This week we have seen a dramatic break in what till now has seemed the united front between Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein and the intelligence community. Feinstein has backed the NSA's vast global surveillance apparatus but now says the CIA has spied on her committee, hacked its computers,...

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Now That the Future's Back in California, What's Up and Why with Jerry Brown, Democrats, and Republicans

(9) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 8:37 PM

California still has some big problems, as pretty much always, but as observers across the spectrum and around the world have noted, the state's political system, long mired in gridlock has become increasingly functional. Especially compared to national politics and governance and the ongoing clown show that Washington has become.

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Putin's Gambit and Obama's Recurring Russia Problem

(120) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:11 PM

Obama and Russia, again. It's an ongoing storyline, President Barack Obama's chronic problem in properly reading Russia and in particular, President Vladimir Putin. We're shocked that Putin would intervene militarily in Crimea.


My gut reaction on the Ukraine crisis was that of course Vladimir Putin would react...

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Going for Term Four, Jerry Brown Gets It In Gear

(19) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 9:49 PM

If you had asked me 40 years ago -- when I first ran for governor -- what I would be doing in 2014, I could never have guessed. Nor could anyone else. Yet, by the grace of God and habits of perseverance instilled in me by my family, the Dominican...
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Inevitable Hillary?

(49) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 8:02 PM

"Walter F. Mondale now holds the most commanding lead ever recorded this early in a Presidential nomination campaign by a nonincumbent, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll." -- New York Times front page, February 28, 1984

(The same day that Gary Hart crushed Mondale in...

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Thinking 2016: At the 30th Anniversary of Gary Hart's Iowa Breakthrough, Could It Be Done Again?

(73) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 7:30 AM

It's 30 years since the 1984 Iowa presidential caucuses, in which then dark horse Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart broke though to the front ranks of presidential contenders with a "shock" second place finish.

Could such a lightly funded candidate running against what the New York Times described as the...

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Marveling: With Resistance Quite Evidently Futile, What Might Marvel's Cinematic Universe Mean?

(12) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 7:42 PM

It's all happening at the zoo.

For Marvel and its ballyhooed cinematic universe, that's clear enough after seeing the brand new trailer for arguably the riskiest of its comic book extravaganzas, the rather zany Guardians of the Galaxy, opening August 1. When you've got a trigger-happy talking raccoon ("Rocket Raccoon,"...

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