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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

Mad Men: Why the Ending Is Far Better Than the Speculation (And No Sell-Out)

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:19 PM

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few."

-- Shunryu Suzuki
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Mad Men is over. Yet life goes on for its characters. This is not at all what a great many critics and fans...

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Lack of Media Context Skews View of Obama's Gulf Arab Summit

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 2:12 PM

You'd think that more than 40 years of fixation on the Middle East, often to the exclusion of more important areas of the world, would at least enable sophisticated media coverage of Middle Eastern politics as it impacts American politics. But no. Maybe that's a reason why we're so bogged...

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Mad Men: One Journey, One Redemption, One Ending

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:59 PM

Don Draper has been shedding quite a few things this season. His marriage and his hot girlfriends, his home and household possessions, a large part of his wealth, his illusions about his profession.

So it makes sense that he ends the penultimate episode in the epic novel for television that...

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Britain's Shock Election: Labour's Big Defeat Seeded in the Sands of Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:48 PM

The shock results from the British election at the end of last week will reverberate for a long time. Rather than the near dead heat between the Conservatives led by Prime Minister David Cameron and the Labour Party led by Opposition Leader Ed Miliband, the actual vote resulted in a...

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Mad Men: Horizons Lost and Not Yet Found

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:50 PM

The third-to-last episode of Mad Men ever, "Lost Horizon," was another fine episode in a fine final run of episodes, but perhaps unnecessary. Neither we nor the characters learn anything we don't already know.

With just two episodes left after this one in the life of the series, most...

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Allies: Why Japan, Rather Than Israel, Should Be the New Britain

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 10:58 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's just completed trip to Washington, D.C. and California points up Japan's new status. Our bitter enemy of the mid-20th century is poised to become America's most important ally in the early 21st century.

It's a status that Abe certainly seems to embrace. In his address...

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The New Devolution: Hillary's Troubled Launch and the Latest Drone Fiasco and Bush Antics

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:07 PM

Think of it not as a new deal but a new devolution, an ongoing decline of quality substance, concern, and even basic awareness in public life. With three unfortunately good examples on current display.

First, we have the troubled ongoing roll-out of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Now, it may well...

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Mad Men: What's in a Name? Or, Don Draper Looks to the Horizon

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:38 AM

Sterling Cooper is no more. And Don Draper is a free man, a rich man, able to pursue whatever version of a more fulfilling life occurs to him. Spoilers, naturally, are ensuing.

That's the upshot of the latest episode, "Time & Life," a word play on the building which contains...

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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"

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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