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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The Benghazi Dam Is About to Burst

In Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's celebrated book on the Watergate scandal, All the President's Men, the figure of Hugh Sloan, Jr. stands out. Sloan was a staffer for President Richard Nixon and an official on his re-election campaign. He was not involved in the Watergate burglary, but resigned when he found out about it, and while nursing his shattered ideals he eventually became a source for Woodward and Bernstein's investigations. May 1, 2014 10:46 AM PT

Mazel Tov to Jewish Leaders on Rejecting J Street, Obama's 'Blocking Back'

J Street's exclusion from the Conference means that the Jewish community will be spared the radical harangues of a group that has sought to defame its leaders and institutions, and that is undermining Jewish commitment not only to Israel but to freedom and openness in America. J Street has earned its defeat, and the leadership of the Jewish community, which has struggled in recent years to find its backbone, deserves a hearty "mazel tov." May 1, 2014 6:48 AM PT

California Legislature’s Latino Caucus: Republicans Need Not Apply

The California Latino Legislative Caucus is one of several ethnic caucuses in the California state legislature. However, according to investigative journalist Steven Greenhut, it is the only one that is closed to Republicans. Greenhut notes in the San Diego Union-Tribune that Republican Rocky Chàvez, who was elected in 2012 to the California State Assembly from northern San Diego County, has been excluded from the Latino Caucus. Apr 30, 2014 12:43 PM PT

Democrats Launch First Campaign Ads in Waxman's District

Several Democrats running to succeed veteran Rep. Henry Waxman (D) in California's 33rd congressional district have released their first television advertisements. Beyond the Democrats, other candidates are also ramping up for the June 3 primary. Apr 30, 2014 11:09 AM PT

Media: Dismal GDP Figure is 'Ancient History' Already

Shortly after the government released gross domestic product (GDP) data showing that the U.S. economy grew by only 0.1% in the first quarter of 2014, the host of Marketplace Morning Report, David Brancaccio, called the GDP report "ancient history" because it only covered the period through March. Apr 30, 2014 7:50 AM PT

UCLA Returns Clippers' Owner's $3 Million for Kidney Research

UCLA announced Tuesday that it would reject a $3 million donation by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and would return the portion of that donation that had already been delivered, local CBS news affiliate KNX reports. The announcement is the latest public repudiation of Sterling after his privately expressed racist comments were recorded and exposed, and comes as the NBA prepares to force Sterling to sell his team. Apr 30, 2014 6:00 AM PT

Emails Point to Ben Rhodes as Key to Benghazi Talking Points

A year ago, Ed Lasky of the American Thinker speculated that White House security official Ben Rhodes – a speechwriter with no prior national security experience or expertise – was at the heart of the Benghazi scandal, specifically the false talking points spouted on Sunday news shows by former UN Ambassador (now National Security Advisor) Susan Rice that the Sep. 11, 2012 attack was a protest against a YouTube video. Now, those speculations seem to have been confirmed by the release of a batch of emails obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Apr 29, 2014 10:51 AM PT

Are Silicon Valley's High-Paid Techies the New Proletariat?

Kevin Roose of New York magazine says that an ongoing class-action lawsuit on behalf of highly compensated tech employees at Silicon Valley's leading firms has exposed the "caste" system in the industry: "There are the executives, who talk (and defer) to each other frequently and set the terms of engagement across the tech industry. And then there are the worker bees--the engineers, designers, and middle-managers...". Apr 29, 2014 8:09 AM PT

Politico Plans L.A. Expansion

Politico, the D.C.-based political publication, is sending senior writer Todd Purdum and media reporter Dylan Byers to Los Angeles. Apr 29, 2014 7:54 AM PT

The 'Apartheid' Israel Charge Began with the Soviet Union

The history of the false analogy between "apartheid" and Israel is a rather dismal one. It was promoted by the Soviet Union in the 1970s as a way to isolate Israel and cultivate communist allies in the Arab world. This was the era of the infamous "Zionism is racism" UN resolution--rescinded in 1991--and the effort to associate Israel with apartheid and colonialism was a systematic one, aimed at harming not only Israel but also the U.S. Apr 29, 2014 6:41 AM PT

Kerry: SorryNotSorry for Israel 'Apartheid' Remark

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry did not apologize Monday for suggesting last week that Israel could become "an apartheid state" if it did not reach a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Instead, he lashed out at his critics--who include Democrats such as Sen. Barbara Boxer, who called Kerry's remark "ridiculous" Monday. Apr 28, 2014 7:17 PM PT

Does Republican Carr Have a Path to Victory in Waxman's District?

After weeks of phone tag, I finally caught up with Republican Elan Carr on Monday afternoon, a day after his solid performance at a a candidate forum in Brentwood. Carr is running to replace retiring Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman, who has represented a substantial portion of West Los Angeles for four decades, and has become a national liberal icon. Could it be possible--or even thinkable--that a Republican could win Waxman's seat? Apr 28, 2014 2:26 PM PT

Neighbors Spy on Wasteful Water Users

The Associated Press reports that in some drought-stricken parts of California--such as the state capital of Sacramento--local governments are resorting to "water waste patrols," run by employees and volunteers: Apr 28, 2014 12:08 PM PT

Kashkari Touts GOP Endorsements, Donnelly Cites Polls

As the June 3 primary draws nearer, Republican gubernatorial candidates Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly are relying on different measurements of success to build confidence among their supporters. Kashkari, who has a massive fundraising edge, is rolling out big endorsements, largely from past incumbents and national Republican figures, while Donnelly is relying on strong poll numbers and support from the party base. Apr 28, 2014 11:47 AM PT


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