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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4.6 Quake Hits SoCal

An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale shook southern California on Saturday morning, striking near the mountain community of Big Bear.  Jul 6, 2014 5:21 AM PT

Blue State Blues: The Golf That Divides Americans

President Barack Obama is fond of describing the deep inequality afflicting American society. And then he goes off to play golf. He's getting near the 200-round mark for his entire presidency, a sporting feat perhaps worthy of Teddy Roosevelt for its sheer audacity. Jul 4, 2014 8:31 AM PT

Waters: CA Democrats Hijacked Republicans' 4th of July Bill

Dan Walters, columnist for the Sacramento Bee, published an article Thursday in which he pointed out state Democrats' habit of blocking Republican bills in Sacramento--only to introduce the same bills under their own sponsorship and claiming credit for the ideas. The latest victim, he says, is a Fourth of July bill that was first introduced in 2013, but which Democrats hijacked to help a vulnerable member--and again in 2014. Jul 4, 2014 6:13 AM PT

California Families of Israeli, Palestinian Victims React Differently

The Sacramento family of the Palestinian boy allegedly killed in revenge for the killing of three Israeli teens by Palestinians is mourning their lost cousin--and staging protests against the Israeli government. Earlier in the week, the Los Angeles-based aunt of one of the three Israeli teens killed, had spoken out, saying she hoped they were "the last three victims in this terrorism." Instead of being united in grief, these families are divided. Jul 4, 2014 6:08 AM PT

Chuck Todd: Jerry Brown 'Most Likely' to Challenge Clinton in 2016

On Thursday morning's edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, NBC News White House Correspondent Chuck Todd predicted that California Gov. Jerry Brown would be the "most likely" to challenge frontrunner Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2016 presidential race. Brown, who is running for a fourth non-consecutive term as governor, has already run for president three times and would be 78 years old in 2017. Jul 3, 2014 9:15 AM PT

Murrieta Town Hall Vents Anger at Feds Over Alien Transfers

A town hall in Murrieta, CA on Wednesday evening erupted into anger at the federal government over its failure to enforce immigration laws, as counter-demonstrators outside showed support for the illegal aliens--many of them women and children--being transported to the community from Border Patrol facilities in Texas. Local KCAL9 News reported that 750 residents gathered inside the local high school, and hundreds were turned away. Jul 3, 2014 6:04 AM PT

NBC News: Murrieta Protesters Filled with 'Hatred'

NBC News' Miguel Almaguer reported Wednesday evening that the protests in Murrieta, CA that turned back three Border Patrol buses filled with illegal aliens who were being transferred from Texas were filled with "hatred," at least in the eyes of some observers. Jul 3, 2014 5:53 AM PT

SF Chronicle Blames Breitbart for Drawing Media's Attention to Border Crisis

The San Francisco Chronicle has blamed Breitbart News for drawing the national media's attention to the crisis of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the southern border by the tens of thousands. In an op-ed published by the Chronicle Wednesday calling for "a more humane immigration policy," David Bacon blamed Breitbart's exposé for creating the impression that children were being sent to the U.S. in anticipation of being allowed to stay. Jul 2, 2014 10:38 AM PT

Kidnapping Ends Palestinian Statehood Bid

The kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenagers Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach has put an end to Palestinian statehood as a viable diplomatic option in the foreseeable future, regardless of the insistence by the Obama administration that negotiations will continue. The attack highlighted both the brutality and the basic incompetence of the Palestinian Authority to police itself or to control its new Hamas governing partner. Jul 2, 2014 7:31 AM PT

Fraudsters Scam Blind Charity with Counterfeit Money at 4th of July Benefit

A Stockton, CA charity booth selling Fourth of July fireworks to benefit the blind was targeted by fraudsters who passed it hundreds of dollars in counterfeit bills on Sunday. They handed the workers fake $100 and $50 bills and pocketed the real change they received, depriving The Community Center For The Blind of money that was intended for eye treatments as part of an annual fundraiser. Volunteers only noticed the scam at day's end. Jul 2, 2014 6:30 AM PT

Protestors Block Road, Turn Away Buses of Illegal Aliens in Murrieta

Demonstrators in Murrieta, CA have confronted and turned away three busloads of about 100 illegal aliens, many of whom are woman and unaccompanied minors rounded up by U.S. Border Patrol in Texas and flown to California, according to KPBS, wire services and Breitbart News sources. Jul 1, 2014 10:25 PM PT

Israel Defies Obama over Iraq Unity, Kurdish Independence

Though the far-left has long believed that Israel pushed the U.S. into war in Iraq, the fact is that Israel has kept a safe (albeit supportive) distance from American policy there--until now. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly endorsed Kurdish independence in a speech in Tel Aviv on Sunday--even as Secretary of State John Kerry urged Kurds not to break away in a visit to the autonomous Kurish region of northeast Iraq. Jul 1, 2014 7:03 AM PT

California Cases Rejected by Supreme Court

In addition to handing down landmark decisions on religious freedom and public sector unions, the Supreme Court announced cases that it will not be hearing. Only a small percentage of appeals to the Supreme Court are ever taken up, and this term there are many high-profile California appeals that failed to make the final cut. Jul 1, 2014 6:39 AM PT

Planned Parenthood: Don't Worry, California Safe from Hobby Lobby Case

Planned Parenthood, the women's reproductive heath organization that also provides abortions, has reassured Californians that the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling Monday in the Hobby Lobby case does not apply to the Golden State. Beth Parker, chief counsel for the organization, told Capitol Public Radio on Monday that the Hobby Lobby case does not overrule a 1999 California law, the California Women's Contraceptive Equity Act. Jul 1, 2014 6:08 AM PT

Rabbis Flood Brooklyn to Mourn 'Lubavitcher Rebbe'--20 Years After

Thousands of rabbis and well-wishers flooded Brooklyn Monday and Tuesday to observe the 20th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, leader of the Lubaivch Chabad movement of Hasidic Jews, which is ubiquitous on college campuses and far-flung remote Jewish communities worldwide. To many, the death felt fresh. "It's not just a one-time thing. We're re-experiencing it, re-living it today," one man told reporters. Jul 1, 2014 5:54 AM PT


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