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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Second Poll Puts Khanna Even in CA-17

Democratic challenger Ro Khanna claimed last week to have tied incumbent Democrat Mike Honda in the race for California's 17th congressional district. Honda's pollsters countered by claiming he was 15 points ahead of Khanna. Now, a second--and independent--poll has apparently vindicated Khanna's claim, placing him within the margin of error, just two points shy of Honda with two weeks left before Election Day on May 4. Oct 20, 2014 3:05 PM PT

Yes on D, No on LC: The Simple Case for the Santa Monica Airport

SANTA MONICA, California -- There are fourteen candidates for just three seats on the Santa Monica city council. There are a multitude of federal, state, and local offices. There are even some controversial statewide ballot questions. But the one issue that seems to be most visible on the streets of this coastal city of some 90,000 inhabitants is the fate of the Santa Monica Airport, or SMO, a small municipal and charter airport facility. Oct 20, 2014 12:45 PM PT

D.C. Voyeurism Case Stirs Debate About Religious Conversion

The religious Jewish world has been rocked by a scandal at an Orthodox synagogue in Washington, D.C. in which the rabbi of Kesher Israel in Georgetown--where former Sen. Joe Lieberman and current Treasury Secretary Jack Lew both pray--has been arrested and charged with voyeurism. Rabbi Barry Freundel is accused of placing video recording devices in the women's mikvah, or ritual bath, a gross violation of privacy and faith. Oct 20, 2014 8:21 AM PT

NYT: Obama Wants Iran Deal that Avoids Congress

The New York Times reported Sunday that President Barack Obama "will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on" a potential nuclear deal with Iran. Congress must approve a cancelation of sanctions, one of Iran's key demands. Therefore the president is seeking an arrangement that would allow him to use his administrative powers to ease sanctions rather than canceling them outright, fearing congressional rejection. Oct 20, 2014 6:36 AM PT

Harvard Imposes Travel Restrictions on Ebola Countries

Harvard University has imposed an effective travel ban on Ebola-striken countries, requiring students, faculty, and staff to obtain official permission from the university administration before traveling to affected parts of West Africa, and possibly staying off campus for 21 days after returning to the U.S. from those countries.  Oct 20, 2014 6:18 AM PT

The Two-State Solution is Dead

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is at it again, this time blaming Israel for the collapse in the peace process with the Palestinians earlier this year--and, he implied the rise of the Islamic State across the region. Israeli leaders are now openly saying what only Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon was bold enough to say, before the peace process collapsed: Kerry is an idiot and an egoist who would burn the region and expect a Nobel prize. Oct 19, 2014 7:39 AM PT

Extremists Like Ezra Klein Shouldn't Offer Sex Advice

Ezra Klein, champion of Obamacare, founder of Vox.com, and supposed liberal policy wonk, recently published a piece on his website defending California's new "yes means yes" law requiring affirmative consent for sex on university campuses--the same kind of measure against which over two dozen Harvard law professors, including several prominent feminists and leftists, protested in the pages of the Boston Globe last week. Oct 19, 2014 6:57 AM PT

Jerry Brown, Conservative?

California's Gov. Jerry Brown, cruising to likely re-election in November, is presenting himself not just as the most experienced leaders in the Golden State, but as a conservative one. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Brown promised to restrain state government spending in his next term; railed against overregulation and over-legislation; and suggested that he might be open to tax reform, an issue he championed in the past. Oct 19, 2014 6:31 AM PT

California Republican Sends 'Confederate Flag' Mailer to Democrats

Republican Tony Strickland has sent an inflammatory mailing attacking his opponent in the race to represent California's 25th congressional district, north of Los Angeles. The mailing features a large Confederate battle flag, and notes that State Sen. Steve Knight (right, above) was one of only 3 state legislators to vote against banning the sale of Confederate symbols on state property. It links Knight to one of the other "no" votes, "extremist" GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (left). Oct 15, 2014 2:28 PM PT

Gavin Newsom Gives California Voters the Finger

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a rising Democratic Party superstar, has continued to refuse to debate his Republican opponent, Ron Nehring. On Tuesday, Newsom and Nehring both appeared on San Francisco's NPR affiliate, KQED--but at separate times, on Newsom's insistence. Nehring blasted Newsom's evasion, noting that Newsom enjoyed three debates when he ran in 2010. Now, local journalists are weighting in as well. Oct 15, 2014 12:19 PM PT

Harvard Profs Blast Sexual Assault Policy: 'Very Very Close' to New California Law

On Wednesday, 28 Harvard Law School professors published a statement in the Boston Globe protesting the new sexual harassment policy adopted by Harvard University as a violation of the due process rights of students accused of sexual misconduct. Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet told Breitbart News that Harvard's new policy comes "very very close" to California's new "yes means yes" law, requiring affirmative consent for sex on campus. Oct 15, 2014 11:01 AM PT

Dold Win in Illinois Would Herald Massive GOP Wave

Though the race for control of the Senate is receiving more attention in the national media, there are several House races that deserve a close look. Democrats, once hoping to retake the lower chamber or at least pick up seats, are in retreat across the country. Even in districts they hoped to defend easily, they are fighting for their political lives--such as the 10th district of Illinois, which was redrawn in 2011 to ensure a Democrat would win. Oct 15, 2014 6:38 AM PT

Sanders Makes Move for 2016: Rally for 'Progressive' California

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the socialist and "progressive" icon, has suggested recently that he is considering a run for the presidency in 2016, challenging Hillary Clinton from the left and giving the Democratic Party's base the kind of contest for which it has yearned after enduring the disappointments of President Barack Obama's latter years in office. Sanders will be speaking at a 2014 campaign rally in Richmond, California on Oct. 16. Oct 15, 2014 5:54 AM PT

Neil Young: Forget ISIS, Fight Climate Change Instead

Rock legend Neil Young told radio host Howard Stern on Tuesday that the "free world" ought to fight climate change rather than the Islamic State, or ISIS. Visiting the Howard Stern Show for a long-awaited interview, Young slammed both Democrats and Republicans for ignoring the plight of the planet, suggesting that environmental damage from the "carbon footprint" of the U.S. military was a greater threat than Islamic terror in the Mideast. Oct 14, 2014 2:18 PM PT

Posner's Weak Voter ID Opinion Relies on New York Times Articles

The left is celebrating the recent decision against Wisconsin's voter ID laws by Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, the "conservative" jurist and author, as if it represents a turning point in the debate. It certainly might--though not on the merits, but rather because Posner has, perhaps under pressure, embraced politics over law as the basis for deciding the issue. A close reading of Posner's opinion reveals how absurd his reasoning really is. Oct 14, 2014 6:37 AM PT

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