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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

JFK Tried to Craft a Creative Course in Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.

As usual, the commemorations of the 51st anniversary of his...

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Pivoting to Success: Is Obama's Progress in the Asia-Pacific and Elsewhere Enough?

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 11:46 PM

With his eight-day tour of the Asia-Pacific, his affirmation of equality on the Internet, and his move to block mass deportations, President Barack Obama has some big post-election actions to point to as he seeks to rebound from the disaster of the mid-term elections. It's not moving the needle in...

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Interstellar: Imperfect Epic Addresses Big Questions About the Future, Time, Human Nature, and Space Exploration

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:18 PM

"We used to look up at the sky and wonder about our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt."

Matthew McConaughey's Cooper in Interstellar


Christopher Nolan's first film since the massive success of his Dark Knight Trilogy is...

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Veterans Day: The Mission Must Merit the Sacrifice

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM

With big Democratic defeats still reverberating, President Barack Obama is off on an eight-day trip to China, Myanmar (Burma), and Australia, seeking to give a boost to his oft distracted from Asia-Pacific Pivot in geopolitics. After initially denying responsibility for his party's debacle, by the weekend Obama took responsibility, acknowledging...

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Jerry Brown's California, Barack Obama's America: Starkly Different Democratic Realities

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Looking at the political shards left over from Tuesday's election, shadowed so heavily by President Barack Obama's sharp decline from his strong re-election just two years ago, we see two starkly different realities for Democrats in the nation's largest state and the nation as a whole.

Obama, who not so...

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Jerry Brown's Final (Gubernatorial) Campaign Ends Quietly and Confidently

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 1:35 PM

In his Zen-inflected drive for a record fourth term as Governor of California, Jerry Brown had a deceptively simple approach. He would run for governor by being governor.

As a result, Brown, who has a 60 percent job approval rating, is on the verge of another landslide election win after...

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The Candidate: Election Season Classic May Ease Pain as It Entertains

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 1:25 AM

"Some good souls found The Candidate cynical. I wonder what they'll think when they read this portrait of the real-life Jerry Brown... This is the book that could force the little fox into the open." -- Jeremy Larner, author of the Academy Award-winning screenplay of The Candidate

Some people watch...

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What's Gone Wrong for/with Barack Obama?

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:52 PM

The mid-term election is still days away, but it sure isn't looking good fro President Barack Obama and Democrats. With his job approval rating down precipitously since his strong 2012 re-election performance, Democrats are on the ropes and on the run. On the run from Obama, that is, as they...

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Jerry Brown Does His Yale Law Reunion While Kashkari Keeps Attacking and Arnold Savors Paris

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Republican Neel Kashkari has intensified his attack on Governor Jerry Brown, insisting that he has uncovered "Jerry Brown's Watergate." So what does Brown do? Continue to ignore the former Wall Street bailout coordinator, and continue his drive to a record fourth term as California's governor by ... spending four days...

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Obama's Troublesome Distractions Won't Wreck His Asia-Pacific Pivot (But Not Because of Him)

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 2:39 PM

These are not good times for President Barack Obama, and they're apt to get worse before they get better. But one good thing for the president is that his Asia-Pacific Pivot -- heightened engagement with the rising region, and nascent superpower China -- hasn't been wrecked by the lengthening array...

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Mad About the '60s... Fearful Fail-Safes, Then and Now

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 1:10 AM

(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.)

Thanks to the Camelot myth, the popular sense of the early 1960s is that it was mostly a time...

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Jerry Brown Cruises (and Makes an Adjustment) As Kashkari Flails Strangely

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:09 PM

With just under three weeks left till the November 4th election, Jerry Brown is driving toward a big win in his quest for a record fourth term as governor of California.

On what may be a very bad night for Democrats nationally, Brown is poised to win very big for...

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Leon Panetta's Book, Barack Obama's Plight, and the Shreds of Statesmanship

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 4:49 PM

President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. His popularity is down. Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is teetering, and nobody wants him campaigning with them. His new war against ISIS isn't going well. Nobody much cares about his economic recovery...

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Mad About the '60s: A Hart-Like Henry Fonda in Gore Vidal's The Best Man

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 1:38 PM

"You know, those rumors about you and lady friends ... they won't do you a bit of harm."

Former President Art Hockstader to presidential candidate William Russell in The Best Man.


Note: This is one in a series of occasional pieces in the run-up to the series finale...

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Jerry Brown Closes His Final Campaign for Governor as He Began His First

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Locked on trajectory for a big win in his bid for an historic fourth term as governor of California, Jerry Brown is ending his last campaign for the office as he began his first some 40 years ago. He is running a campaign to promote an initiative drive to better...

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Amidst Claims of Intelligence Failure, Has Obama Found the Key to Defeating ISIS? (Or Is That an Illusory Goal?)

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Has the Obama administration at last found the key to defeating ISIS? The president promised as much after his long period of developing a strategy. But it's not at all clear that the administration's embattled national security apparatus has in fact identified the most important set of targets.

Let's...

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Jerry Brown in Total Command for Term 4 Five Weeks Out

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:50 PM

With just five weeks to go until the November general election, Governor Jerry Brown is in total command in his bid for an historic fourth term as governor of California. The public polls, fundraising numbers, and political dynamics all point to an overwhelming Brown victory. Despite President Barack Obama's slumping...

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14 Reasons Why Captain America: The Winter Soldier Is the Best Pop Movie of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 1:51 PM

The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier this month on disc and download reminds of what a terrific film it is. With some competition from its delightful Marvel Studios sibling, Guardians of the Galaxy, it's the best pop movie of the year.

I discussed why Guardians turned...

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Gary Hart's Waking Nightmare Marked Media Devolution

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 2:20 PM

It was several years ago when Gary Hart asked me what I thought of then-New York Times Magazine chief political writer Matt Bai. I didn't know Bai, but did know of him as a straight-shooting substantive journalist, part of the East Coast network of journalists styling itself the national press...

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Six Big Problems With Obama's New Anti-ISIS Strategy (Or, Why It May Already Be Too Late)

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Nearly a week has passed since President Barack Obama at last announced his tardy strategy for dealing with Isis, the jihadist organization Obama now calls a huge threat only months after dismissing it as the "junior varsity" of jihadism. There's been no shortage of activity, as distinguished from action, from...

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