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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Dry, Dry, Dry: Hopes for El Niño Collapse

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has poured cold water on hopes for drought relief in California. The agency announced Tuesday that earlier warming in the Pacific Ocean, which usually indicates the start of an "El Niño" effect, had been counteracted by the arrival of cooler water. "While the majority of climate models suggest El Niño remains likely for the spring of 2014, most have eased their predicted strength," the agency reported. Jul 15, 2014 11:38 AM PT

Vargas, Left's Favorite Illegal Alien, Arrested

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and self-declared "undocumented immigrant," Jose Antonio Vargas, 33, was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol officers on Tuesday at McAllen-Miller International Airport in Texas as he attempted to use his Philippine passport--his only form of identification since he arrived in the U.S. at age 12--to board a flight. Vargas had not crossed the border, but was required to show documents to leave the town. Jul 15, 2014 10:53 AM PT

Obama Cornered Himself with Ceasefire Offer

Avi Issacharoff of the Times of Israel argues that Hamas was "cornered" by the ceasefire that Egypt proposed and Israel accepted Monday. Hamas is not alone: the Obama administration cornered itself, too. Jul 15, 2014 9:04 AM PT

'Six Californias' Breakup Plan Will Be on 2016 Ballot

LOS ANGELES, WEST CALIFORNIA -- Venture capital billionaire Thomas Draper has announced that his campaign to break California up into six states has reached the required minimum number of signatures and will appear on the 2016 ballot, Reuters reports. The "Six Californias" plan, as it is known, is a response to the perceived dysfunction of a state whose staggering size has left citizens unable to enjoy self-government. Jul 15, 2014 6:22 AM PT

Report: Swine Flu, Pneumonia Among Illegals in Ventura

Officials at the Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme are working to contain the spread of swine flue and pneumonia among unaccompanied alien children brought there in recent days, according to a report in the Washington Free Beacon. "The pneumonia cases and meningitis scare last weekend followed two cases of H1N1 swine flu among other child immigrants—one at the California base and another in Texas," writes Bill Gertz. Jul 15, 2014 6:22 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Congratulations to the Legal Immigrants

Today, while looking for the American Federation of Teachers conference at the L.A. convention center, I ran across an enormous naturalization ceremony. Thousands of "applicants" who were about to take the oath of citizenship stood patiently in line while their families shopped for patriotic gear and leather-bound cases for naturalization certificates. I suddenly remembered my own experience of swearing in as a U.S. citizen. Jul 11, 2014 3:58 PM PT

GOP's Kashkari Crashes Teachers' Union Confab in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari held a press conference at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) conference in Los Angeles, demanding school reform and attacking incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown for doing nothing to stop the violation of the civil rights of minority children. Jul 11, 2014 12:23 PM PT

TV Industry's High World Cup Ratings: Will They Last?

World Cup ratings are high--astronomically so. National Public Radio reports that ESPN and Univision, which acquired the rights to broadcast the tournament in English and Spanish, respectively (with Univision paying three times the price!), are celebrating some of the highest ratings they have ever recorded--for anything. But as NPR's Renee Montagne and the Sport Business Journal's John Ourand admit, that's not likely to boost ratings for soccer overall in the U.S. Jul 11, 2014 5:34 AM PT

Obama's 'Cease-Fire' Offer Is a Betrayal of Israel

President Barack Obama offered Thursday to broker a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians--actually, the Hamas terror organization. That is one of the worst ideas, among many contenders, ever proffered by the Obama administration. The effect of the cease-fire would be to stop Israel from defending its citizens from Hamas, and to preserve the terrorist group's arsenal and infrastructure for future use in another round of war. Jul 10, 2014 3:46 PM PT

Realtors: Chinese Cash Buyers Drive California Housing Bubble

Chinese buyers from abroad are inflating California's real estate prices, spending $22 billion in the past year alone to acquire U.S. assets that are viewed as hedges against China's slackening growth. The result is pricing many California residents out of the real estate market, and creating a second housing bubble that threatens to end just as badly as the 2006-8 housing crash, from which the state's economy is only beginning to recover.  Jul 10, 2014 8:32 AM PT

Millennials Believe Government Has Failed--and Yet They Want More of It

Two-thirds of millennials--the 18-29-year-olds who were key to the election and re-election of President Barack Obama--now say that government is inefficient and wasteful. And yet just as many of them say they want more government, regardless: they want government to provide health insurance, they want government to guarantee a living wage, they want government to pay for college, and they want government to provide for the poor. Jul 10, 2014 6:54 AM PT

'Nuclear Terrorism': Hamas Targeting of Dimona Reactor Meets UN Definition

The terrorist group Hamas claimed late Wednesday that it attempted to target Israel's nuclear reactor in the desert town of Dimona by firing three long-range M-75 rockets at the facility. One of the rockets was destroyed in mid-flight by Israel's Iron Dome system, and two fell harmlessly in the rocky Negev. However, merely by targeting the nuclear facility, Hamas has committed nuclear terrorism, according to United Nations treaties. Jul 10, 2014 4:25 AM PT

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