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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We Are Repeating History in Ukraine

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. has declined to provide military aid to Ukraine. Judging from his testimony today before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry believes that any military response at all means "nuclear war." So we're going to leave Ukraine defenseless and alone. Mar 13, 2014 1:58 PM PT

Obama & Kerry's Betrayal of Israel is Complete

Secretary of State John Kerry told the House of Representatives today that it would be a "mistake" to insist--as Israel has done--that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Not only was his statement a total appeasement of Palestinian rejectionism, but it was also a complete betrayal of promises made to Israel. Mar 13, 2014 12:30 PM PT

Kerry: 'It's a Mistake' to for Israel to Demand a Jewish State

Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday afternoon that it is a "mistake" for people to raise the issue of whether Palestinians would agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The Israeli government has insisted that Palestinians do so as part of an agreement, while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the nations of the Arab League have all rejected Israel's demand. Mar 13, 2014 11:43 AM PT

Kashkari Hits Jerry Brown's 'Crazy Train'

California gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari has released a 30-second web advertisement attacking the high-speed rail project that Gov. Jerry Brown has continued to champion, despite high costs, new legal obstacles and growing public opposition. "To me, it is not only a waste of money, it is a great example--it is a symbol--of Sacramento having the wrong priorities." Kashkari adds that he would focus on jobs and education instead. Mar 13, 2014 10:29 AM PT

On Fukushima Anniversary, California Braces for 'the Big One'

Three years ago, a massive 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake rocked Japan and generated a massive tsunami that eventually knocked out the Fukushima nuclear power plant and caused widespread destruction. Today, Californians are bracing for a similar event, as new research indicates a 9.0-magnitude earthquake might be possible along the Cascadia fault system near northern California, according to a report in the L.A. Times. Mar 13, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Israel Shows Britain's Cameron the Cost of War

The latest round of rocket attacks against Israeli civilian targets by Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip, who launched several dozen volleys into southern Israel Wednesday, occurred during the visit of Prime Minister David Cameron. Britain has often taken a critical approach to Israel, even under Conservative governments. On this occasion, however, Cameron could only offer support when Israel struck back, hitting 29 targets in Gaza. Mar 13, 2014 5:36 AM PT

Top 10 Reasons Rahm Will Never Be President*

The Washington Times has published a story on Rahm Emanuel's chances for president, based on gossip at CPAC between "a pair of insiders." That prompted a round of "I told you so's" around the office here. But it's almost certainly never going to happen. Here are just ten of the reasons--there are others--why not. Mar 12, 2014 11:27 AM PT

Why 'Between Two Ferns' Works

President Barack Obama has come in for a fair amount of criticism for his appearance on Funny or Die's Between Two Ferns, a satirical interview sketch hosted by Zach Galifianakis. Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly have slammed the interview as demeaning to the office of the President, and I happen to agree, though I don't agree with those who have called it "unfunny." I thought it was pretty hilarious, at least the first time through. Mar 12, 2014 10:43 AM PT

NPR Pushes Obama's 'Equal Pay' Lie

National Public Radio's David Greene (host) and Tamara Keith (reporter) double-teamed on a story on Wednesday's Morning Edition about President Barack Obama's summit to address the pay gap between men and women. The premise of the story was the false statistic--debunked repeatedly, but flogged repeatedly by the president and his chorus--that women earn 77 cents for every dollar made by men for doing the same jobs. Mar 12, 2014 7:33 AM PT

How Obama Stiffed Legal Immigrants

President Barack Obama may have made life easier for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants when he declared the "Dream Act" by fiat in 2012, in the midst of his re-election campaign. But in doing so, he shoved legal immigrants to the back of the line. Wait times for people trying to enter the country legally, especially for spouses and relatives, have skyrocketed, violating congressional intent and throwing families into turmoil. Mar 12, 2014 5:47 AM PT

Poll: Majority of Israeli Jews--and Arabs--Distrust Kerry

A new poll released by the Israel Democracy Institute reveals that 64% of Israelis--including 66% of Jews and 53% of Arabs--do not trust U.S. Secretary of State "to take Israel's security into account as a crucial factor in the framework agreement." The poll was conducted among 603 Israeli respondents with a margin of error of 4.1%. Mar 11, 2014 7:45 AM PT

New Documentary Blames Iran for Lockerbie Bombing

As investigators search the western Pacific Ocean for signs of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a new documentary is set to air Tuesday evening on Al-Jazeera in which an Iranian defector blames Iran for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The defector, Abolghasem Mesbahi, is considered highly credible: his evidence proved Iran was responsible for the bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina in 1994. Mar 11, 2014 5:58 AM PT

The Timeless Tension of the Cruz-Paul Debate

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have launched a national debate right here at Breitbart News, one that may mark the first shots of the 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign. The topic is foreign policy, oddly, an issue that is dominating the headlines lately but which remains secondary, at best, to many voters, particularly in the Tea Party movement from which both men emerged, which focuses on domestic concerns. Mar 10, 2014 11:41 PM PT


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