Joel B. Pollak

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large and in-house counsel at Breitbart News. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he also has a degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Cape Town. He ran for Congress in 2010 in his hometown of Skokie, IL and worked as a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, as well as speechwriter to the Leader of the Opposition in the South African Parliament. He enjoys improv comedy, rock 'n' roll, and the literature of liberal apostates and iconoclasts. His wife Julia is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Pardee Rand Graduate School and his daughter Maya is unbelievably cute.


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Kerry's Failure Points to Israel's Tough Task

Secretary of State John Kerry has, predictably, failed to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. As of this writing, the Israeli Cabinet is meeting to discuss Kerry's proposal for a seven-day temporary truce. Yet that is merely a gesture of courtesy, because Israel knows that Hamas will reject the terms: that Israeli troops remain in Gaza to complete the task of destroying the terror tunnels Hamas has dug to carry out attacks against Israel. Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM PT

Comic-Con: The Nerds Finally Get the Girls (and Some Are Boys)

SAN DIEGO -- Thousands of superheroes flocked to the San Diego Convention Center for the annual Comic-Con, a convention devoted to comic books and the media industries that have spring up around them. Though comic book conventions are held in many cities throughout the country, the San Diego convention is the most prominent because it is where Hollywood has chosen to promote its new superhero movies, with stars in tow. Jul 24, 2014 1:34 PM PT

L.A. Times Prints Front-Page Defense of Hamas Terror Against Israel

The Los Angeles Times leads Thursday with a story entitled: "Gaza's dilemma: Deadly war or suffocating Israeli embargo." According to the story, Palestinians in Gaza are left with no choice but to wage war, because if they do not fire rockets at Israeli civilians, they must accept an Israeli [sic] "embargo." The article omits the obvious point that if Hamas would stop trying to kill Israelis, neither the embargo nor the war itself would be necessary. Jul 24, 2014 5:37 AM PT

Rand Paul is the Big Political Winner in Israel-Hamas War

With the world in turmoil, foreign policy is shaping up to be one of the most important issues facing potential 2016 presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton, who enthusiastically bullied Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Secretary of State, is now trying to sound more hawkish than President Barack Obama on the Israel-Hamas conflict. The real political winner in the conflict, however, has been Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Jul 23, 2014 9:15 AM PT

30,000 Israelis Attend Funeral for L.A.'s Steinberg, Killed in Action

Los Angeles native Max Steinberg, 24, showed his love for Israel by joining the Golani brigade, one of the most elite units of the Israel Defense Force. Now Israel has returned that love, with 30,000 Israelis turning out for the Steinberg's funeral Wednesday at Israel's military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Another fallen U.S. volunteer, Sean Carmeli of Texas, received a send-off from 20,000 Israelis at his funeral earlier this week. Jul 23, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Obama: Israel's Best Enemy

Take a close look at the photo above. It was taken by a Reuters photographer on March 20, 2013, and is one of the most important photo-ops of the Obama presidency. The caption reads: "U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose with members of the Israel Defense Forces as he views an Iron Dome Battery at Ben Gurion International Airport." Jul 23, 2014 5:36 AM PT

4th Circuit Upholds Federal Subsidies for Obamacare

Just hours after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down Obamacare's subsidies on the federal insurance exchange in a 2-1 ruling, the Fourth Circuit upheld the same subsidies 3-0, setting up a near-certain Supreme Court challenge. Both cases revolve around an interpretation of the literal text of the Affordable Care Act, which provides that subsidies for insurance are available on an "Exchange established by the State." Jul 22, 2014 12:53 PM PT

A Big F'ing Deal: D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Federal Obamacare Subsidies

A 2-1 panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has reversed a lower court's ruling and invalidated the Internal Revenue Service regulation that provides for insurance subsidies to millions of lower-income Americans using the federal Obamacare exchanges. The decision, handed down on Tuesday, will cancel the subsidies in 36 states, making Obamacare unaffordable to many and potentially crashing the system. Jul 22, 2014 8:58 AM PT

John Kerry, Useful Idiot for Hamas

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way to Cairo, as of this writing, to attempt to negotiate yet another ceasefire. His journey is a thoughtless, and no doubt narcissistic, waste of U.S. diplomatic capital, since after two unilateral Israeli ceasefires that Hamas blithely ignored, it is clear that military pressure on Hamas, not diplomatic pressure on Israel, is the only way to stop the violence. This is a war Hamas started, and still wants. Jul 21, 2014 5:57 AM PT

L.A.'s Max Steinberg Among Fallen Soldiers in Gaza

LOS ANGELES -- Max Steinberg of Woodland Hills was one of two Americans among the 13 elite Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers killed in Gaza on Sunday morning, according to Israeli news sources and the local Jewish Journal. Jared Sichel of the Journal notes that Steinberg "attended Pierce College and El Camino Real High School, [and] was a sniper in Golani," an elite infantry brigade. He was killed in the area of Shejaiya. Jul 20, 2014 3:04 PM PT

As World Burns, Obama Plays Golf... Again

In the wake of the suspected Russian downing of a passenger plane over the eastern Ukraine, the expiration and renewal of nuclear talks with Iran, and the overnight deaths of more than a dozen Israeli soldiers (including two U.S. citizens) in Gaza, President Barack Obama has launched an aerial bombardment--of the fairways. The Hill reports that Obama played golf Sunday with several staffers who accompanied him to Fort Beauvoir, VA. Jul 20, 2014 2:41 PM PT

More Evidence the State Department Has 'Gone Rogue'

The Wall Street Journal drew attention Friday to the striking difference between statements by President Barack Obama and UN Ambassador Samantha Power on the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine. While Obama stopped somewhat short of blaming Russia and Russian separatists, Power, in a speech to the UN Security Council blamed the separatists and hinted strongly at suspicions of a direct Russian role. Jul 19, 2014 10:46 PM PT

Breaking: Perfect Break

SURFERS' COVE, California -- Perfect surf conditions were reported Friday morning at Surfers' Cove, off the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. Dozens of surfers hung out throughout the morning, many without wetsuits in warmer-than-usual conditions. Jul 18, 2014 10:24 AM PT

In Mid-Crisis, NPR Targets Border Patrol Officers

Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio's Morning Edition aired an extraordinary story about U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Friday. The story was not about the ongoing wave of illegal aliens from Central America--many of them children--crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Rather, it was about the rules on when deadly force may be used by Border Patrol agents in the course of their duties--with a view to making it harder for them to do so. Jul 18, 2014 5:57 AM PT

Why Israel Is Winning the PR War (for Now)

As Israel begins a limited ground invasion of the Gaza Strip--with orders " to be prepared for an expansion of the ground action"--it is winning the all-important public relations battle. Jul 17, 2014 2:47 PM PT

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