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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Newsom Still Refuses to Debate Nehring for Lt. Governor

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom continues to refuse any debates with Republican challenger Ron Nehring. Though the state's rising Democratic star proclaims that he is "Dedicated to equal rights" on his Twitter page, evidently that enthusiasm for equality does not extend to sharing a platform with his opponent, nor to allowing voters to hold accountable for his positions in even the most perfunctory, once-every-four-years fashion. Sep 30, 2014 5:48 AM PT

Bibi to UN: A Nuclear Iran Is Like ISIS with The Bomb

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave one of the finest--and most important--addresses of his career Monday at the United Nations General Assembly, laying out a simple case against "militant Islam" that seems self-evident to many, but is anathema in elite foreign policy circles. Netanyahu expanded on his recent claims that ISIS and Hamas are essentially part of the same global effort, adding the Iranian regime to the equation. Sep 29, 2014 3:44 PM PT

How Obama's UN Speech Enabled Iran's Propaganda

Last week, President Barack Obama complained to the United Nations General Assembly about violence in Ferguson, Missouri, implicitly equating the protests to the genocidal violence of ISIS, his primary focus in the address. On Sunday, Iranian leader Ali Khamenei picked up Obama's criticism of America, unleashing a stream of abuse on Twitter based on criticism of events in Ferguson, accusing the U.S. of hypocrisy on human rights. Sep 29, 2014 6:21 AM PT

Why Andrew Breitbart, and the Tea Party, Chose a Different Path to Power

In my new book, Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, I document the political history of the movement that changed American politics. The Tea Party remains one of the most unique opposition forces in the world. Unlike protest movements in Europe--and Occupy Wall Street in the U.S.--the Tea Party marched for less government, not more. And unlike many other movements, the Tea Party often shunned political power. Sep 28, 2014 3:54 PM PT

CA-17: Khanna Hits Honda with Ethics Claims

Ro Khanna (left), the tech-funded Democrat challenger to incumbent Democrat Rep. Mike Honda in California's 17th congressional district, has launched a blistering attack against Honda over alleged ethics violations. Khanna, citing an investigative report by the San Jose Insider, accused Honda of using his office to raise campaign cash by coordinating invitations to a State Department event with donations to Honda's ongoing re-election effort. Sep 28, 2014 7:54 AM PT

Report: ISIS Threat Received at Navy SEALs Training Base

The U.S. Navy received a threat Thursday purporting to be from ISIS at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado--the primary training facility for U.S. Navy SEALs, according to a military official cited by local Fox affiliate KSWB 5. The threat was found to be "non-credible," but was fully investigated as the Navy conducted terror drills nearby. Sep 28, 2014 5:59 AM PT

A Wannabe Radical Slanders Israel in the New York Times

My family and I passed Mairav Zonszein's awful New York Times op-ed around the Sabbath table yesterday afternoon, alternately outraged and bemused. (One family member suggested boycotting the newspaper in response: another shrugged, noting that an anti-Israel op-ed from the Times is not exactly new or significant.) Sep 28, 2014 3:55 AM PT

Blue State Blues: The Mayor of America, A Troubled Town

For a while now, I have been describing President Barack Obama as the “mayor of America.” He is attempting to govern our large, populous, and impossibly complex society as if he were a big city mayor-for-life with untrammeled executive powers--and not as a temporary officeholder leading only one of three coequal branches of government. Sep 26, 2014 7:39 PM PT

Kashkari Struggles for Poll Breakthrough

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari continues to lag far behind incumbent Democrat Governor Jerry Brown, struggling to make up a 21-point gap, according to the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll. In an election where few voters are paying attention at all, the only area of the state in which Kashkari is leading is the San Diego/Orange County region, which is traditionally an area of solid Republican support. Sep 24, 2014 6:07 AM PT

California Voters Abandon Both Major Parties; GOP Hardest Hit

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reports that California voters are abandoning both major political parties in droves--and that they are leaving the Republican Party behind even more than the Democratic Party. Sep 24, 2014 5:44 AM PT

China Emits More Carbon Per Capita Than U.S. and EU Combined

Just as world leaders--well, world leaders without China, India, and several other important fossil fuel-using countries--gathered at the UN Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday, a curious piece of news crossed the wires. The Financial Times reported that, for the first time, China's per capital emissions of carbon dioxide exceed those of the U.S. and European Union combined: Sep 23, 2014 4:37 PM PT

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