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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LA Weekly Cover: Republican as Klansman

L.A. Weekly, the ubiquitous guide to popular culture and urban style in Los Angeles, features a Republican wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit as part of the illustration to its cover story this week on the GOP's candidates for governor in the June 3 primary. The cover art depicts an elephant in a tug-of war between a portly, cigar-smoking team on one side, and a crew of conservative caricatures on the other, including the KKK figure. Jun 2, 2014 4:46 AM PT

Decomposed Body Found in L.A. Shopping Mall

A decomposing body was found in a parked car at a Los Angeles shopping mall after "several days," according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the local CBS News affiliate. Jun 1, 2014 5:28 PM PT

Bipartisan Consensus Emerging for New Dams?

A Sunday feature in the Sacramento Bee suggests--indirectly--that a bipartisan consensus may be emerging in the California State Assembly on the need for additional dams to increase the state's water storage and fight future droughts. Currently, California is suffering one of the worst droughts in its history--though hundreds of thousands of acre-feet are being released from reservoirs to boost stream flows and protect fish populations. Jun 1, 2014 5:06 PM PT

Poll: Kashkari Catches Donnelly, Brown Ahead

A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released on Sunday morning shows that Republican moderate Neel Kashkari has finally caught up to his GOP rival, Tim Donnelly, though incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown remains far ahead of both. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes in the primary election. Jun 1, 2014 6:25 AM PT

Another Left-Wing Mag Heaps Praise on Jerry Brown

In the wake of Tim Dickinson's article in Rolling Stone last year pronouncing Gov. Jerry Brown's "miracle" in California comes John Nichols's paean in The Nation, entitled: "How Jerry Brown Got Californians to Raise Their Taxes and Save Their State." While offering left-wing readers a warning that Brown is no "iconic liberal," or is he the most "progressive" governor--Nichols says that Brown is the best answer to conservative calls for reform. Jun 1, 2014 4:58 AM PT

Hate Mail from the Wendy Greuel Campaign

Earlier this week, Breitbart News published an article handicapping the field for "Hollywood's congressional primary," offering odds on the frontrunners in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). We included former Los Angeles Controller (and former DreamWorks employee) Wendy Greuel among the top five among 18 candidates, with 10-to-1 odds of finishing in the top two and qualifying for the November runoff. That wasn't good enough for Greuel's campaign manager, Michael Trujillo. May 30, 2014 5:19 AM PT

Hate Mail from the Wendy Greuel Campaign

Earlier this week, Breitbart News published an article handicapping the field for "Hollywood's congressional primary," offering odds on the frontrunners in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). We included former Los Angeles Controller (and former DreamWorks employee) Wendy Greuel among the top five among 18 candidates, with 10-to-1 odds of finishing in the top two and qualifying for the November runoff. That wasn't good enough for Greuel's campaign manager, Michael Trujillo. May 30, 2014 5:19 AM PT

Panic for GOP Establishment as Kashkari is Distant 3rd in New Poll

Neel Kashkari swings an axe in his ubiquitous television commercial. But he hasn't found an axe big enough to cut into Tim Donnelly's lead among Republican voters. A new Hoover Institution "Golden State" poll shows that Kashkari is only pulling 5% of the vote, barely above the 4% margin of error, a distant third behind popular Democrat incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown at 36%, and Tea Party favorite Assemblyman Tim Donnelly with 12%. May 29, 2014 5:08 AM PT

Sacramento to Cab Drivers: Speak English

Sacramento is known as a Democratic Party stronghold, both locally and in state politics. Yet the River City has adopted adopted a rather conservative measure" requiring all taxi drivers in the city to speak English on the job. May 28, 2014 2:34 PM PT

Obama Attacks His Own Foreign Policy at West Point

President Barack Obama outlined a "new" foreign policy in an address to the graduating cadets at West Point. As with a previous address at West Point, in which Obama unwisely announced a deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, effectively handing victory to the Taliban, this speech was more about politics than policy. Yet in addition to the tired attacks against straw men, Obama also attacked much of what his own policy has been. May 28, 2014 11:57 AM PT

The Waxman Race: Handicapping Hollywood's Congressional Primary

Voters in California's 33rd congressional district head will decide Tuesday which of an enormous field of 18 contenders will succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) after 40 years in the House. Poll data is scarce, but all signs point to a close race, with a handful of candidates bunched near the top and the rest hoping for a lucky break. Turnout is expected to be low, making it harder to predict what happens when Hollywood goes to vote. (Carr, left; Williamson, center; Lieu, right) May 28, 2014 5:48 AM PT

CA-33: Candidates Mum on Poll Numbers in Waxman Race

Several candidates in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) in California's 33rd congressional district are currently polling voters, but none are willing to release their results--at least not on the record. May 27, 2014 1:48 PM PT

Environmentalists are Weakening America

Last week's announcement that China and Russia had signed a 30-year, $400 billion gas deal posed a striking contrast to the Obama administration's dithering on the Keystone XL pipeline. If two rival, backward powers are able to agree to share fossil fuel resources, power economic growth, and undertake the largest and most complicated construction project in the world, why can the U.S. not reach a deal to transport Canadian oil? May 26, 2014 5:58 AM PT

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