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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John Kerry, Useful Idiot for Hamas

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way to Cairo, as of this writing, to attempt to negotiate yet another ceasefire. His journey is a thoughtless, and no doubt narcissistic, waste of U.S. diplomatic capital, since after two unilateral Israeli ceasefires that Hamas blithely ignored, it is clear that military pressure on Hamas, not diplomatic pressure on Israel, is the only way to stop the violence. This is a war Hamas started, and still wants. Jul 21, 2014 5:57 AM PT

L.A.'s Max Steinberg Among Fallen Soldiers in Gaza

LOS ANGELES -- Max Steinberg of Woodland Hills was one of two Americans among the 13 elite Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers killed in Gaza on Sunday morning, according to Israeli news sources and the local Jewish Journal. Jared Sichel of the Journal notes that Steinberg "attended Pierce College and El Camino Real High School, [and] was a sniper in Golani," an elite infantry brigade. He was killed in the area of Shejaiya. Jul 20, 2014 3:04 PM PT

As World Burns, Obama Plays Golf... Again

In the wake of the suspected Russian downing of a passenger plane over the eastern Ukraine, the expiration and renewal of nuclear talks with Iran, and the overnight deaths of more than a dozen Israeli soldiers (including two U.S. citizens) in Gaza, President Barack Obama has launched an aerial bombardment--of the fairways. The Hill reports that Obama played golf Sunday with several staffers who accompanied him to Fort Beauvoir, VA. Jul 20, 2014 2:41 PM PT

More Evidence the State Department Has 'Gone Rogue'

The Wall Street Journal drew attention Friday to the striking difference between statements by President Barack Obama and UN Ambassador Samantha Power on the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine. While Obama stopped somewhat short of blaming Russia and Russian separatists, Power, in a speech to the UN Security Council blamed the separatists and hinted strongly at suspicions of a direct Russian role. Jul 19, 2014 10:46 PM PT

Breaking: Perfect Break

SURFERS' COVE, California -- Perfect surf conditions were reported Friday morning at Surfers' Cove, off the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. Dozens of surfers hung out throughout the morning, many without wetsuits in warmer-than-usual conditions. Jul 18, 2014 10:24 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Civil War Rages in Breakaway California Republics

EUREKA, Jefferson (July 18, 2018) -- Leaders of the breakaway Jefferson Republic say they thwarted a daring amphibious assault this morning, sinking three hovercraft and capturing a submersible drone emblazoned with the distinguishing insignia of the Hackers, the elite force of the Kingdom of Silicon Valley. Jul 18, 2014 8:59 AM PT

In Mid-Crisis, NPR Targets Border Patrol Officers

Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio's Morning Edition aired an extraordinary story about U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Friday. The story was not about the ongoing wave of illegal aliens from Central America--many of them children--crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Rather, it was about the rules on when deadly force may be used by Border Patrol agents in the course of their duties--with a view to making it harder for them to do so. Jul 18, 2014 5:57 AM PT

Why Israel Is Winning the PR War (for Now)

As Israel begins a limited ground invasion of the Gaza Strip--with orders " to be prepared for an expansion of the ground action"--it is winning the all-important public relations battle. Jul 17, 2014 2:47 PM PT

Black Church in Stockton Stages Mock Air Raid Drill in Solidarity with Israel

The Congregation of Zion church in Stockton, California is showing solidarity with Israel during Operation Protective Edge by staging a mock air raid drill that allows members to experience what Israelis are going through as civilians run for cover from Hamas rockets aimed indiscriminately at population centers. Jul 17, 2014 5:41 AM PT

Kink.com Flees CA Condom Rule, Opens in Vegas

Kink.com, one of the country's most popular online pornography websites, announced Wednesday that is has opened an office in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it has already begun production. The goal, the company says, is to move production away from its home base in California, where an anticipated state law, AB1576, requiring the use of condoms by male actors in all pornography films threatens to damage Kink.com's business. Jul 16, 2014 10:16 AM PT

Oren: Israel May 'Take on Iran' when Nuclear Talks 'Expire'

Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview from Tel Aviv yesterday that Israel needed to be prepared to "take on Iran" in the event that international talks with the Iranian regime over its nuclear program expire without an agreement. Oren said the threat of a nuclear Iran overshadowed Operation Protective Edge in Gaza and meant Israel had to be wary of a full Gaza invasion. Jul 16, 2014 6:46 AM PT

Exclusive--Kashkari on Illegal Alien Kids: 'Send Them Home, Safely'

LOS ANGELES -- Republican gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari told Breitbart News on Tuesday that the illegal alien children--many of them unaccompanied--who have flooded across the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks, some of whom have been transferred to California, need to be sent back to their countries of origin. Jul 15, 2014 5:52 PM PT

3 Thoughts on Nadine Gordimer's Death

Nadine Gordimer, the South African Nobel laureate who used literature to resist apartheid, has died at the age of 90. Gordimer remained productive, and controversial, well into her latter years. She is being celebrated, and rightly so, for her immense contributions not just to South Africa's literary world but to the English-speaking world in general. She is also being celebrated for her politics. Three themes stand out amidst the tributes. Jul 15, 2014 3:08 PM PT

Exclusive--Michael Oren: 'Thank the American People for Iron Dome'

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Tuesday that Israel is likely to undertake a "limited ground operation" in the Gaza Strip, though a sudden change on the battlefield could create pressure on the Israeli government to do more--or stop. Jul 15, 2014 12:39 PM PT

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

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