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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Kashkari, Drowning in Polls, 'Saves' Boy from Drowning in TV Ad

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who is lagging behind incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown by double digits, has taken a rather significant risk in his latest television ad, which portrays a child drowning in a swimming pool. Kashkari enters to rescue the child, whose plight is meant to be a metaphor for children stuck in California's failing public schools. As the child recovers, head bowed, Kashkari touts his education policy. Oct 13, 2014 2:27 PM PT

Traditional Marriage Backers Must Put up a Better Fight

If you are even slightly sympathetic to the cause of traditional marriage, you cannot help but be disturbed by its string of recent defeats. Not just in referendums and legislatures, where the contest is basically a fair one, but in the courts, which have canceled out the increasingly rare victories traditional marriage has won. You are left to conclude that the political game is rigged, and also--increasingly--that advocates for traditional marriage have barely put up a real fight. Oct 13, 2014 2:04 PM PT

NPR Whitewashes Iran in Weekend Tourism Segment

On the October 12 broadcast of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, host Ari Shapiro discussed Iran's appeal as a tourist destination with Iranian-born, U.K.-based writer Kamin Mohammadi. While Mohammadi is no regime puppet--she was vocal in her opposition to the 2009 crackdown--her Twitter feed is lately full of anti-Israel rhetoric and government retweets, and she did her best to put an absurdly positive spin on Iran for NPR. Oct 12, 2014 2:43 PM PT

Fluke-Allen: 'War on Women' May Stop Here

The State Senate race between two West L.A. Democrats may be the ultimate proving ground for Democrats' so-called "War on Women" strategy, which the party's strategists have used in several successive elections to beat back Republican challenges to the left's control of Capitol Hill and the White House. One of the key figures in that strategy has been contraceptive advocate Sandra Fluke, who came second in the 26th district primary. Oct 12, 2014 6:33 AM PT

Clinton, Obama Share Blame for ISIS, Iraq

President Barack Obama's policy on Iraq is a complete failure. As terrorists from the so-called Islamic State lay siege to Kobani, defeat once-solid Kurdish forces and threaten western Baghdad, the folly of Obama's campaign, limited to air strikes for purely political reasons, is clear to the world. And Obama's former advisers agree that his hasty, total withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 and inaction on Syria are the main reasons for the deadly chaos. Oct 12, 2014 5:36 AM PT

Would Your Doctor Recognize Ebola?

Dr. Raymond Pollak--who happens to be my dad--published an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune late last week about the failure of the Dallas hospital to diagnose the first Ebola victim in the U.S.--a failure that led to wider exposure--and the difficulty that American medical staff have had in identifying tropical diseases in general.  Oct 12, 2014 5:05 AM PT

Blue State Blues: When Did It Become Wrong to Tell Kids to Avoid Drugs?

On a recent visit to family in Chicago, my wife, daughter and I were driving home from a dinner party at friends when we noticed that the local Skokie Police Department had blocked off several residential streets. "Wow, they must be looking for someone," I said, thinking there had been some kind of robbery--rare enough in the placid suburb where I spent much of my childhood. Maybe a few burglars had jumped a fence or two to evade capture. Oct 10, 2014 6:59 PM PT

Obama to Stump at 'Silicon Beach' Tech Campus

SANTA MONICA, California -- President Barack Obama will visit a start-up incubator called Cross Campus on Thursday as part of his latest fundraising trip to Southern California. Obama will use the trip to Cross Campus, one of several such facilities in the "Silicon Beach" corridor of West Los Angeles, to tout his economic record and to court the millennial voters that have proved one of the most reliable parts of his demographic base. Oct 8, 2014 5:16 AM PT

The Media Praised Biden's Foreign Policy Credentials in 2008

Biden's incompetence was clear to conservative critics when he was chosen as Barack Obama's running mate in 2008. Nevertheless, the media celebrated the Biden pick, ostensibly because it filled Obama's "experience gap" (which they had barely bothered to acknowledge before), and also because they suspected white voters would not back a black candidate unless he had the approval of a grey-haired good ol' boy. Oct 6, 2014 10:45 AM PT

On Nov. 4, Joe Biden Could Become the Most Powerful Man in the World

Vice President Joe Biden is a complete idiot. That truth, reinforced by a string of recent foreign policy gaffes, is supported by evidence too great to summarize in one article. Suffice it to say that Uncle Joe's incompetence is stipulated by all political parties. He apparently believes he still has a shot to be President. There is no chance of that--but on Nov. 4, Biden could suddenly become the most powerful man in the U.S., and therefore the world. Oct 6, 2014 8:22 AM PT

No Sympathy for 'Racist' Bill Maher, Hoist by Own Petard

Conservatives are applauding Bill Maher today, after he was falsely accused of racism by Hollywood's Ben Affleck during a debate on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. Maher's sin, along with guest Sam Harris, was to point out--correctly--that radical Islam acts upon execrable beliefs about non-believers that are shared widely within the Muslim world. Yet Maher himself has been a long purveyor of false accusations of racism. Oct 5, 2014 6:20 AM PT

Surgeon General Still Silent on Ebola

On Wednesday, Breitbart News reported that the U.S. Surgeon General's office had not said anything about the ongoing Ebola crisis, as public confusion, fear and frustration continue to mount. In fact, the lead story on the Surgeon General's website on the first day of October was a message that September was "Fruits & Veggies--More Matters Month!" Since then, nothing has changed: Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak is silent. Oct 3, 2014 7:03 AM PT

NASA Sounds Alarm on California Groundwater Use

NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, which monitor changes in the earth's gravitational field, have been used to measure changes in groundwater in California and the western U.S. from the edge of space--and the results, showing massive depletion over the past decade, are causing alarm. Oct 3, 2014 5:38 AM PT

Rent Control Buyout Group Advertises at High School Football Game

SANTA MONICA -- A controversial company that pays tenants of rent-controlled apartments to move out so that landlords can raise rents is in local headlines after it paid students to hold an advertising banner during a recent high school football game. The ad for Lease Buyout Now, a company started in San Francisco in 2011, was canceled by Santa Monica school officials amidst the controversy, the Santa Monica Daily Press reports. Oct 3, 2014 5:34 AM PT

Blue State Blues: My Zionist School Is Now a Muslim Academy

On Monday, I had the opportunity to visit the Muslim Community Center Academy, a new Islamic elementary school in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, my old home town. The MCC recently opened in the same building that once housed the Solomon Schechter Day School, the Jewish religious school I attended from second through eighth grade--the place where I first felt a personal connection to Zionism, Israel, and the Hebrew language. Oct 2, 2014 10:42 PM PT

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