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.


Google+ Profile

Latest News

Obama Complains to Hollywood Donors of 'Frustration'

President Barack Obama told donors at an exclusive Hollywood fundraiser for the Democratic Party that he needed their help to undo the "frustration" of politics in Washington. There is "an anxiety, and a sense of frustration," the president--now in his sixth year of office--complained, according to a report in Variety, adding that "the challenges out there remain daunting and we have a Washington that’s not working." May 8, 2014 5:53 AM PT

Flashback: Obama Compared Jewish, German Suffering

In accepting the "Ambassador for Humanity" award from Steven Spielberg and the USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama recounted his 2009 trip to the concentration camp of Buchenwald--the camp his maternal grandfather helped liberate--with Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. He failed, however, to remind his audience that his itinerary on that trip also included the German city of Dresden. May 8, 2014 5:38 AM PT

Spielberg Praises Obama's Failed 'Atrocities Prevention Board'

Hollywood mogul Steven Spielberg praised President Barack Obama's creation of the Atrocities Prevention Board in 2012 in awarding Obama the "Ambassador for Humanity" prize, the highest honor of the USC Shoah Foundation, in Los Angeles Wednesday evening. The Atrocities Prevention Board, however, has failed to prevent any atrocities, notably in Syria, where Obama drew "red lines" he failed to enforce. May 8, 2014 5:23 AM PT

Top 10 Obama Human Rights Failures

Hollywood superstar and power broker Steven Spielberg has recognized President Barack Obama with the USC Shoah [Holocaust] Foundation's highest award, the "Ambassador for Humanity." It is an odd award to present to a president who has been called "dangerously silent on human rights." Unlike the Nobel Peace Prize, which Obama won in 2009 in anticipation of his future achievement, this award comes after a long record of failure. May 7, 2014 12:45 PM PT

NY Jets Sued by Cheerleader

Lawsuits are contagious. In the wake of a lawsuit against the NFL by more than 4,000 former players, numerous cheerleaders have filed suit against various NFL franchises. The most recent litigation pits a disgruntled cheerleader named "Krystal C" against the New York J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. May 7, 2014 8:17 AM PT

South Africa's Election: A 'Racial Census', Again

South Africa's elections have been criticized--even by friendly observers--as a "racial census," because the voting pattern closely mirrors the country's racial makeup. The leading opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), wins a large majority of the white vote, while the largest governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), wins most of the black vote. Mixed-race ("coloured") and Indian voters lean towards the opposition. May 7, 2014 8:10 AM PT

Claim: Warriors Coach Fired for Christian Views on Homosexuality

Was Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson fired for his Christian views on gay marriage? That's what Ann Killion is asking at sfgate.com, noting that Jackson's lukewarm reaction to the coming-out of Jason Collins, last year was something of a mismatch for the Bay Area, which is the global capital of gay politics and culture. May 7, 2014 5:19 AM PT

Obama to Make Bad L.A. Traffic Worse Wednesday

President Barack Obama is visiting California this week--and that promises to make traffic even worse than usual in Los Angeles. Drivers are being urged to avoid Century City and Bel Air, as the president's visit will see portions of West L.A. near Beverly Glen Road closed, from Sunset Boulevard south to Pico Boulevard. May 7, 2014 5:10 AM PT

L.A. to Screen Ice Cream Vendors for Sex Offenses

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to explore regulations that would screen ice cream vendors for criminal records for violations "such as molestation, sex offenses, pornography or abuse," the Los Angeles Times reports.  May 7, 2014 4:50 AM PT

Greuel's First Campaign Ad Targets Tea Party in Waxman District

Democrat Wendy Greuel, running to succeed 20-term Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman (D), has released her first campaign ad of the 2014 primary as early voting starts ahead of the June 3 primary. The ad, according to the Greuel campaign, "highlights our progressive values and the threat they face from right-wing special interests." May 6, 2014 3:06 PM PT

These Anti-Israel UCLA Students are Stupid and Dishonest

The majority of UCLA students running for undergraduate student government officer positions--though none from the inclusive, centrist "Bruins United" coalition--have signed a pledge drafted by radical groups and several ethnic organizations promising never to travel to Israel on student trips sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), or the Hasbara Fellowships. May 6, 2014 1:29 PM PT

Holocaust Denial Assignment Was Part of 'Common Core'

A controversial assignment given to eighth-grade students in the Rialto Unified School District in San Bernadino County that asked them to evaluate whether the Holocaust actually happened or was a myth created for "political and monetary gain was designed in a "misguided" effort to satisfy Common Core curriculum requirements in critical thinking, according to a statement by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday. May 6, 2014 8:03 AM PT

California Assembly Bans State Sale of Confederate Flag

The California State Assembly passed a bill Monday nearly unanimously that would prevent state agencies from selling the Confederate flag "or any similar image." The bill, AB 2444, was sponsored by Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton), who was offended to learn from his mother that a gift shop at the state Capitol was selling replica Confederate money as a novelty item, according to the Los Angeles-area CBS affiliate. May 6, 2014 6:20 AM PT

Kashkari Hits Donnelly for Flip-Flop on Redevelopment

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is slamming GOP rival Tim Donnelly for his inconsistent position on "redevelopment," a policy the California state legislature ended in 2011 with strong Republican support. "Tim Donnelly says he’s for redevelopment projects. Then he says he is really against it. But then he votes for it. Tim Donnelly is flipping all over the place," says the Kashkari website timdonnellyfacts.com. May 5, 2014 2:13 PM PT

Another Jewish Holiday Mashup: 'Cinco de Iyar'

On the heels of 2013's highly successful "Thanksgivukkah," and following the drunken revelry of "St. Purim's Day" this past March, comes the latest in Jewish holiday mashups: "Cinco de Iyar," which is a combination of Mexican-American "Cinco de Mayo" and Israel's Independence Day, which falls on the 5th day of the month of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar, and happens this year to coincide with May 5th on the Roman calendar as well.  May 5, 2014 1:47 PM PT

advertisement

Breitbart Video Picks

Fox News Politics

advertisement

advertisement

From Our Partners