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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 1:20 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 | 1:39 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 | 12:10 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 | 2:09 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 | 3:49 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 | 12:38 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 | 1:50 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 | 2:17 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 | 1:50 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 | 12:51 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 | 1:20 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 | 12:42 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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Can Hillary Break the Clintons' Iowa Jinx?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Hillary and Bill Clinton made a ballyhooed trip to Iowa over the weekend to discuss world affairs and help fete retiring Senator Tom Harkin ... Oh, who's kidding whom? Their visit to the 37th and final annual Harkin Steak Fry in Des Moines, Hillary's first trip to Iowa in years,...

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Obama: President Who Pledged to Disengage Places U.S. on Permanent War Footing in the Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Rocked by criticism for saying "We don't have a strategy yet" on the lengthy and dramatic rise of ISIS, President Barack Obama tonight resorted to his tried and true technique lf defining events through a major speech. That the man whose 2008 presidential primaries victory was ensured by his speech...

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On the Road To Term 4, Jerry Brown Dispenses With Kashkari and Rolls With Arnold Schwarzenegger

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 4:20 PM

After kicking off the fall campaign with his latest Labor Day weekend tour, Governor Jerry Brown ... wait. That didn't happen. I don't know what Jerry Brown did on Labor Day weekend, but it wasn't that.

To the extent that he is running a campaign for his unprecedented fourth term...

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Obama: Mr. "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet" Does the Troubled NATO Summit

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:03 PM

The UK's Cardiff, Wales is the place where Doctor Who is produced. Which makes it a fine location for the NATO summit.

Largely an exercise in fantasy, like the longest-running science fiction show on the planet, NATO, since the end of the Soviet superpower erased the Cold War fear of...

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

(1) 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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