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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Remembering Jack Roeser

Conservative activist, entrepreneur and Republican benefactor Jack Roeser passed away on Friday, aged 90. The sad news spread rapidly among conservatives both in and from Illinois. What was surprising, however, was not the fact that Roeser had passed away--at a ripe age, and after a recent illness--but the fact that he had been so active in politics right through his 80s, backing the Tea Party movement that other party elders had shunned. Jun 15, 2014 5:52 AM PT

After Climate Change Speech, Obama Jets to Palm Springs for Golf

President Barack Obama arrived in Palm Spring, California on Saturday via Air Force One to spend Father's Day playing golf. Hours earlier, he had lectured graduating students at University of California, Irvine, about the need to "do something" about climate change, mocking those who questioned that policy goal. Jun 15, 2014 5:13 AM PT

Labrador to Challenge McCarthy for House Majority Leader

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) has officially entered the race for House Majority Leader, and will face Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the chance to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who lost his congressional primary this week and will be stepping down by the end of July.  Jun 13, 2014 11:40 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Obama's 'All Options' Include Surrender

President Barack Obama tried to fend off criticism of his Iraq policy, as that country fell into the clutches of a terrorist army this week, by insisting that he was considering "all the options" for a response. "I don't rule out anything," he said. Jun 13, 2014 10:31 AM PT

How Brandon Darby's Border Scoop Stoked Cantor's Defeat

Brandon did not time his scoop with the intent of affecting a primary election across the country. Yet the news of thousands of children being dumped on the U.S. border, and shipped from facility to facility and state to state like so much cargo, seized attention in Virginia and nationwide. Jun 11, 2014 3:09 PM PT

Jews Wrestle with Cantor Defeat

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost his Republican congressional primary to Tea Party-backed Dave Brat in a shocking landslide Tuesday, is the highest-ranking Jew in the history of the U.S. Congress. As news of Cantor's defeat spread, Jews on both sides of the aisle wrestled with what his defeat meant for American Jews in politics--and for Republican Jews in particular, who had long seen Cantor as a champion for their cause. Jun 11, 2014 5:09 AM PT

Wall Street Journal, Election Day: 'Immigration a No-Show in GOP Primaries'

As voters began heading to the polls in Virginia on Election Day, the Wall Street Journal posted a story declaring "immigration a no-show in GOP primaries." By the end of the day, House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) had been defeated by Dave Brat, riding a wave of public opposition to Cantor's immigration policies. Jun 10, 2014 7:37 PM PT

Eric Cantor Defeated by the Tea Party He Helped Create

The stunning demise of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his congressional primary on Tuesday--by a huge margin--is a sign of how deeply the conservative base resents the Republican leadership's efforts to frog-march the party towards immigration reform before securing the country's borders. The Tea Party's death turns out to have been greatly exaggerated. Ironically, it was Cantor himself who breathed life into the movement in 2009. Jun 10, 2014 5:29 PM PT

CA Judge Strikes Down Teacher Tenure in Vergara Case

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has struck down teacher tenure as unconstitutional, ruling in the highly-anticipated Vergara v. California case that such protections "disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students." Judge Rolf Treu found that laws granting tenure after two years, prioritizing seniority in layoffs, and making it difficult to fire teachers violate state constitutional guarantees of adequate public education. Jun 10, 2014 10:34 AM PT

California Mayor Caught Tossing Dog Poop on Neighbor's Lawn

The mayor of San Marino, a small, wealthy community in Los Angeles county where the median income is near $140k per year, was caught on camera tossing dog excrement on his neighbor's lawn, local news sources report. Jun 10, 2014 7:26 AM PT

Texas Gov. Perry: 'We Need California to Be the Golden Bear Again'

BEVERLY HILLS -- Rick Perry makes "no apologies," he says, for his efforts to recruit California businesses to his state. He is proud that Texas has surpassed California as the top exporter of technology, and proud of the low-tax, low-regulation model that sets his state apart. Yet he is not rooting for California to fail--far from it. "We need California to be the Golden Bear again," he told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Sunday. Jun 8, 2014 5:58 PM PT

Fukuyama Gets It Wrong on American 'Vetocracy'

There is nothing inherently wrong with a system that translates the general public desire for restrained government into inaction in Washington, D.C. It is faith in individuals, not faith in government, that we lack as we confront the emergence of new-old rivals. Jun 8, 2014 9:21 AM PT

The Trouble with 'Reform Conservatives'

The new buzz in the Beltway is the emergence--or, rather, return--of the "reform conservatives." Politico's David Nather reports that these "policy wonks" share a desire to "move the GOP beyond its Reagan-era script of cutting taxes and shrinking government and toward a focus on what a more limited government can and should do, especially for the middle class," and are aiming to shape the 2016 presidential race with their ideas. Jun 8, 2014 6:25 AM PT

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