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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Al Sharpton: Obama's Racial Pyromaniac

Politico's Glenn Thrush reports in this week's edition of the magazine that Al Sharpton has become President Barack Obama's "go-to man on race" in Ferguson and elsewhere. Thrush tells the story as one of Sharpton's own reform and revival, dwelling on his weight loss, his self-professed caution with words, and criticism (envy?) from his old allies on the left. Yet he leaves out a few crucial details that are important to the Sharpton story. Aug 22, 2014 5:52 AM PT

5 Ways Hamas is Like ISIS

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared ISIS (Islamic State) and Hamas, calling them "branches of the same tree." The Obama administration, in the person of Marie Harf, declined to do the same. Yet while Hamas is focused on destroying Israel and ISIS is trying to build a new Sunni caliphate, there is little else to distinguish them, and several reasons both ought to be considered part of the same terror threat. Aug 21, 2014 7:24 AM PT

Giant Duck Arrives in Los Angeles

SAN PEDRO -- Hundreds of onlookers gathered at the Los Angeles Waterfront to greet the world's largest inflatable duck on its first visit to the West Coast of the U.S. as part of the local Tall Ships festival. Aug 21, 2014 6:42 AM PT

The Palestinian Authority is Not an Alternative to Hamas

One of the more important strategic problems Israel faces as it returns to war in Gaza--this time with an even stronger case for deposing Hamas--is what to do in the aftermath. One member of the Israeli Cabinet, dovish justice minister Tzipi Livni, has introduced a plan that calls for replacing Hamas with the Palestinian Authority (PA), which the terror group dislodged from parliament in a 2006 election, and from office in a 2007 coup. Aug 21, 2014 6:28 AM PT

Obama: Islamic State 'Has No Place in the 21st Century'

In a statement delivered from his vacation site in Martha's Vineyard, President Barack Obama reacted on Wednesday to the execution of American journalist James Foley by the terrorists of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). While he proposed no specific American action in response to Foley's murder, Obama said: "One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century." Aug 20, 2014 10:42 AM PT

Indictment, Arrest, Mugshot: Rick Perry's Finest Moment

Conventional wisdom holds that whatever presidential ambitions Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) may still hold have been destroyed with his indictment by a grand jury on charges that he abused his power. Sure, the charges are trumped-up, and have been denounced (however reluctantly) by critics right and left. Surely the spectacle of being charged--and subjected to the ultimate humiliation of the "mugshot" (above) has to have an effect. Aug 20, 2014 6:17 AM PT

What President Obama Should Do About Israel

Until now, Obama has actually encouraged Hamas by restraining Israel, elevating Hamas’s preferred mediators (Qatar and Turkey), condemning Israeli counter-attacks that inadvertently kill Palestinian civilians, and urging ceasefires while terror tunnels remain intact. Aug 19, 2014 3:49 PM PT

Has the Moment Passed for Israel to Take out Hamas?

As a 24-hour extension of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continued Tuesday, with a deal still elusive, it is becoming less clear that Israel can still count on the political will or international patience that would allow it to remove Hamas from power in Gaza. News of a foiled Hamas coup against the Palestinian Authority has made the case against Hamas clearer. Yet several factors are now pushing against any decisive Israeli action--for now. Aug 19, 2014 6:34 AM PT

California Assembly Votes to Change Washington Redskins' Name

Though the Washington Redskins play for a city on the opposite coast, California lawmakers voted Monday to urge that the National Football League change its name because it is "believed by some to be a racial slur and to promote discrimination against Native Americans." The vote was a lopsided 51-4 in the State Assembly, with only four Republicans voting against the bill, including former gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly. Aug 19, 2014 5:56 AM PT

Oakland Protestors Try to Block Israeli Shipping; Union Not Interested

Anti-Israel activists claimed that their protest Saturday at the Port of Oakland successfully blocked an Israeli ship from the Zim cargo company from docking. However, the ship was still far away from the port at the time of the protest, and the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen Unions (ILWU), which has supported such protests before, is less inclined to participate in boycotts of Israeli shipping this time, Al Jazeera reports. Aug 17, 2014 6:15 AM PT

The Sad Case of Henk Zanoli, 'Righteous Gentile'-Turned-Israel-hater

Henk Zanoli, 91, is one of the "Righteous Gentiles," those few heroic Europeans who risked their own lives to save Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust. Recently, however, the Dutch pensioner returned the medal he received in 2011 to the Israeli embassy in The Hague, in protest against Israel's conduct in the Gaza war--and specifically against an airstrike that killed several Palestinians to whom he was distantly related by marriage.' Aug 16, 2014 9:48 PM PT

Blue State Blues: Spielberg Should Revoke Obama's Holocaust Award

Obama interrupted his posh vacation this week on Martha's Vineyard to declare, essentially, "Mission Accomplished" in the belated effort to rescue the Yazidis of Iraq from genocide at the hands of the Islamic State. The Yazidis saw things differently. Aug 15, 2014 8:37 AM PT

With Israel Still Under Terrorist Attack, Obama Denies Ammo

President Barack Obama claimed that he "had Israel's back," and his supporters defended his record in 2012 by claiming: "No president in history has done more for Israel's security than Obama." Yet the supposedly "most pro-Israel president" even has clamped down on American shipments of ammunition to Israel, even though the Hamas rockets keep punctuating the tenuous ceasefire and Israeli civilians remain under direct threat of attack. Aug 14, 2014 9:45 AM PT

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