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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A Jewish Grandmother In the Minds of Two Teenage Boys

Novelist Carole Malkin is, among other accolades, the mother-in-law of writer/activist/entrepreneur Michelle Malkin. Recently, she has published two new novels: The Life and Art of Gary Geckleman and Paper Bridge. Both are coming-of-age stories, centered around teenaged Jewish boys struggling to come to terms with sex, family, religion and death in the postwar era. Both are thoughtful reflections on what manhood actually means. Sep 2, 2014 10:35 AM PT

NYT: Yeah, the New AP U.S. History Curriculum Is Biased. So What?

The New York Times editorial board has taken on Stanley Kurtz and other critics of the new AP U.S. History curriculum, alleging that they would rather cling to a "comfortable" version of events rather than one that is "more complex, unsettling, provocative and compelling." Curiously, the Times hardly bothers to contest the criticism that the new curriculum is too left-wing. If so, so much the better, the Times editorial writers suggest. Sep 2, 2014 9:08 AM PT

Et Tu, Cali? Obama Approval Crashes in Latest California Poll

President Barack Obama's approval rating has plunged below 50% among registered voters in California in a new Field Poll released Tuesday, falling to 45%, with disapproval reaching 43%. At the start of the summer, Obama enjoyed his traditional cushion among California voters, with approval at 50% and negative ratings at a mere 39%, although disapproval was high outside the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas. Sep 2, 2014 5:35 AM PT

Governor's Race: Can Kashkari Light Spark with Debate?

California voters are paying little attention to the state's gubernatorial race, in which incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown, who enjoys 20-point leads over Republican rival Neel Kashkari, has barely campaigned at all. The two will meet for their first--and apparently only--debate later this week in Sacramento, just days after Brown hailed the "bipartisan" accomplishments of a state legislative session that saw his favored bills passed easily. Sep 1, 2014 6:38 AM PT

California Media Hail 'Bipartisanship' in Sacramento

This is "bipartisanship" the way Democrats, and the mainstream media, like it: Republicans giving in on nearly every issue. From the Los Angeles Times to the San Jose Mercury News, journalists are united in praising the work that both parties did to pass a slew of bills that largely push a left-wing agenda, calling it an example for leaders in Washington. GOP leaders are basking in the temporary praise. But what, exactly, have they done? Aug 31, 2014 6:52 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Here's a Strategy--Declare a War on ISIS, and Win It

If the U.S. were to take the fight directly to the so-called Islamic State, we could not only stop the brutal atrocities ISIS is committing against civilians and soldiers alike, but we could also restore stability to Iraq, replace the brutal Assad regime in Syria, and reestablish a military deterrent against a nuclear Iran, with the aim of toppling that regime over time. Aug 29, 2014 12:58 PM PT

With 'Torture' Disclosures, Obama, Holder Gave Islamists Media Ammunition

One of the major conservative criticisms of President Barack Obama's decision, early in his presidency, to release secret memoranda about interrogation techniques used against terrorists was that the president--and Attorney General Eric Holder, who threatened prosecutions of intelligence officials--were giving America's enemies crucial information that would allow them to prepare themselves to resist questioning in the future. Aug 29, 2014 7:42 AM PT

Israel Wins the War but Loses the Peace

The long-term ceasefire that took effect Tuesday, after a surprise Egyptian-brokered agreement between Israel and Hamas, is being hailed by the terror group as a "victory." In this case, the claim is more than propaganda. According to the details of the agreement, the Gaza border crossings are to be opened, the fishing zone is to be widened, and talks are to commence soon about air and sea ports. No wonder half Israel's Cabinet is opposed. Aug 26, 2014 6:05 PM PT

Napa Eyewitness: Quake Shook House 'Like a Matchbox'

As residents continue to clean up the damage caused by the Napa earthquake on Sunday, and aftershocks keep coming, some are beginning to find words to describe what many felt was an "otherworldly" experience. Aug 26, 2014 9:42 AM PT

Israelis Grow Impatient with Netanyahu, Demand Victory

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suffering a massive drop in his poll numbers as the war with Hamas rages on--and as impatience grows among the Israeli public for the military to bring quiet to the country by removing Hamas as a threat. A poll conducted Aug. 25 showed Netanyahu's approval ratings at only 38%--after hitting a peak of 82% in late July, at the outset of the war--with his disapproval rating reaching 50%. Aug 26, 2014 7:59 AM PT

Connie Bruck Whitewashes Schakowsky--and J Street--on Israel

The New Yorker's Connie Bruck tackles the question of whether the powerful pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is losing influence among American Jews. She frames the issue as if AIPAC is siding "with Netanyahu against Obama," not--more accurately--about whether Obama's more hostile approach to Israel is pushing AIPAC, and supporters of Israel in general, away from the administration. Aug 25, 2014 7:45 AM PT

Napa Earthquake Could Raise Wine Prices

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Napa in the early hours of Sunday morning may not have done much damage, relatively speaking. Yet several wineries reported extensive damage to existing collections of valuable vintages, as well as to winemaking infrastructure such as oak barrels. The result could be that California wines currently in production rise will in price and value, since they will be rare on local and international markets. Aug 25, 2014 6:24 AM PT

Top 10 Earthquakes in California, by Magnitude

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that there have been ten earthquakes in California stronger than magnitude 7.0 since the biggest ever recorded, the estimated 7.9 Fort Tejon earthquake, struck in 1857. By comparison, the Napa earthquake of 2014--a mere 6.0--hardly registers. Here are the top 10 quakes, by size, ascending Aug 24, 2014 9:33 PM PT

State of Emergency in NorCal After Quake; 49ers Play On

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday, following a magnitude-6.0 earthquake that struck at 3:20 a.m. and was the region's strongest in 25 years. The San Francisco 49ers announced early in the day that their game at the new Levi's Stadium against the visiting San Diego Chargers would still be held. Aug 24, 2014 4:42 PM PT


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