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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Blue State Blues: The 'World Revolution' Is Here, but Occupy Is Gone

The streets of Venezuelan cities are aflame as Nicolás Maduro's thugs try to snuff out opposition to his regime. Ukrainian patriots eager to join the west are digging in at the barricades in Kiev. And yet the revolutionaries of Occupy are nowhere to be found. The website of Occupy Wall Street calls for "World Revolution." Well, the day of insurrection has come, and the Occupiers are almost completely oblivious to what is happening in the world. Feb 21, 2014 7:51 AM PT

California Voters May Decide to Break up the State

Supporters of an initiative to split California up into six states received official permission to begin gathering signatures to place the proposal on the ballot this November. The number of signatures required is 504,760. The proposal, called Six Californias, was launched by venture capitalist Tim Draper last year and would divide the state into North, South, West, and Central sections, plus Silicon Valley and a state called "Jefferson." Feb 20, 2014 11:00 AM PT

CNN's Hypocrisy Exposed in Attack on Greg Abbott

For days, CNN has pursued Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott in an attempt to tie the Republican to the offensive views of rocker Ted Nugent. "Why would you associate yourself with someone who describes the sitting president as a 'subhuman mongrel'?" CNN's reporter asked Abbott in a report aired Thursday. Yet CNN has shown no interest whatsoever in the offensive views of some of Democrat Wendy Davis's supporters. Feb 20, 2014 10:39 AM PT

5 Things to Know About the Walker Probe

The release of 27,000 emails by a state court in Wisconsin has sent Democrats into ecstasy. Finally, they hope, they will embarrass Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker. The "scandal" doesn't quite stand up on its own, so they've taken to linking Walker to Chris Christie and Bridgegate, as if both cases involve abuses of power and retaliation against political opponents. The media are playing their part, with headlines stressing the political damage to Walker's national ambitions. The truth, of course, is being obscured. Here are five things to know. Feb 20, 2014 7:11 AM PT

Jerry Brown Introduces Modest Drought Relief Plan

California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a $687.4-million drought relief plan in Sacramento on Wednesday that was hailed by Democrats and state water authorities, but which will do little to address the larger issues plaguing water management in the region. The package includes spending for water recycling, groundwater restoration, and emergency food and housing, but does nothing about the larger conflict over water use. Feb 20, 2014 5:56 AM PT

Obama's 'Line' in Ukraine Lasts Less Than 24 Hours

President Barack Obama courted ridicule on Wednesday when he warned that there would be "consequences if people step over the line" in Ukraine. No one believed him, least of all Russian President Vladimir Putin, who saw through Obama's "red line" on chemical weapons in Syria, most of which remain in regime hands after a Russian-brokered agreement. On Thursday, the fragile Ukranian truce was broken and 22 died in new clashes.  Feb 20, 2014 5:16 AM PT

Newsom Backs Greuel to Succeed Waxman

The Los Angeles Times reports that former L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel has lined up an important endorsement in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) in California's 33rd congressional district. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who was previously the mayor of San Francisco and one of the Democratic Party's most well-known leaders statewide, has come out in favor of Greuel in the June 3 primary. Feb 19, 2014 2:25 PM PT

2014 is Global Warming's Worst Year Ever

Philosopher Karl Popper described the essence of a scientific theory as "falsifiability"--i.e. it must be possible to conceive of a way to disprove the theory, so that its validity can be demonstrated and defended. Climate change, at least in popular discourse, is unfalsifiable. Everything is taken as proof that it is happening, and the repeated failure of sophisticated climate models to predict the actual, observed results is hardly noticed. Even the name of the phenomenon itself has been changed to fit the rather contradictory outcomes ascribed to it. Feb 19, 2014 2:10 PM PT

The Racy Memoir That Will Rock CPAC

My colleague Lisa De Pasquale has written a lively Bridget Jones-style memoir of dating in the conservative movement, Finding Mr. Righteous. (I imagine "Finding Mr. Right-Wing" would have been a bit over-the-top.) Conservative columnist Ann Coulter, one of many illustrious names to blurb De Pasquale's book, writes that it is "[a] true Christian story, disguised as racy Chick Lit." It's more than that, though: it's also journalism. Feb 19, 2014 1:17 PM PT

17 Cats React to the Buzzfeed-Trump Fight

I can't pretend to have mastered the details of the fight between Buzzfeed and Donald Trump (and I don't think Buzzfeed's writers have, either), but I have some experience in dealing with the mainstream media as an earnest political candidate, and I think I can explain some of what happened. In short: Trump let his guard down in the hope that the new "cool kids" would like him. And the cool kids abused his trust, because that's why they're cool. Feb 19, 2014 6:56 AM PT

California Cattle Leave for Texas

How bad is the California drought? So bad that California ranchers are selling their cattle to Texas ranchers--even though Texas, too, is going through a major dry spell. It is the latest migration from California to Texas--and another sign that California's southwestern rivals are managing the drought conditions more successfully. Feb 19, 2014 6:01 AM PT

Obama Hires Mideast Advisor Who Quit '08 Campaign over Hamas Meetings

Robert Malley, a Middle East scholar who resigned from his advisory role in Barack Obama's 2008 campaign when it was revealed he had met with the Palestinian terror group Hamas, has been appointed by the president to be a senior director at the White House's National Security Council, overseeing the administration's Middle East policy. The appointment does not require former Senate confirmation. Feb 19, 2014 5:37 AM PT

Exclusive - O'Keefe: Battleground Texas is the 'New ACORN'

In his latest video release, investigative journalist James O'Keefe of Project Veritas calls Battleground Texas "the new ACORN." O'Keefe and his team recorded Jennifer Longoria, a field organizer for Battleground Texas, apparently instructing volunteers to copy, unlawfully, the telephone numbers of voters they had registered so that they could enter those numbers in a database for future use in get-out-the-vote efforts to help Democrats. Feb 19, 2014 5:02 AM PT

Obama, God of Weather--and Lies

When he first ran for the presidency, Barack Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. On Tuesday, he claimed to have delivered on that promise, telling an audience in Maryland that his administration had prevented some of the severe weather impacts of climate change by restricting carbon dioxide emissions. Before he took office, he said, "[c]arbon pollution was going unchecked, which was having severe impacts on our weather." He then announced he would pursue new fuel economy standards for trucks. Feb 18, 2014 3:02 PM PT

California Democrat Retires--Before First Term is Over

Two more Democrats announced Tuesday that they will not seek re-election in 2014: New Jersey's Rush Holt and California's Gloria Negrete MacLeod. While Holt has served eight terms, MacLeod has barely served for a year, and will be leaving after her first term. According to Reuters, she plans to continue to be involved in local politics in San Bernadino. She will be one of six California Representatives--three from each party--to retire. Feb 18, 2014 2:29 PM PT

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