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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

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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Jerry Brown Gets the Final Count and Looks Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 1:07 PM

As he contemplates some fights to come in his record-setting fourth term as Governor of California, Jerry Brown finally got the final count on his re-election. Late absentees and provisional ballots boosted Brown more than a full point from his standing the morning after, to 60.0 percent. A stunning result,...

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Hagel and Beyond: Obama's Pentagon Problem Is More A White House Problem

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:54 PM

"No Democratic president can go against military advice, especially if he has asked for it. So just do it. Do what they said."

-- Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta, in Bob Woodward's Obama's War's


More than a week after his sudden ditching of Defense Secretary...

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Mad About the '60s ... 50th Anniversary of Coup Classic Seven Days In May

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 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.)


Today we think of the 1970s as the heyday of the conspiracy thriller, a genre which received...

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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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