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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First Black Journalist to Interview George Zimmerman

On Tuesday evening, the Fusion Network will air George Zimmerman's first post-trial interview with a black journalist. Fusion Special Correspondent Derrick Ashong sat down with Zimmerman to record the interview, portions of which are already live on Fusion's website, and which will air in full at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. EST. Feb 18, 2014 10:33 AM PT

Democrats Demonize Norquist, But Hollywood Quietly Funds ATR

During the budget and debt ceiling fights of the past few years, Grover Norquist was often targeted by Democrats and the media for his alleged stranglehold on the Republican Party, primarily through the no-taxes pledge that Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform asks congressional candidates to sign. (Norquist has also become a target for conservatives opposed to the Senate immigration reform bill, but that is another story.) Feb 18, 2014 10:14 AM PT

Republicans are Blowing the Lewinsky Scandal, Again

The mainstream media are furious that Republicans have dared to bring up the Monica Lewinsky scandal, which led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment fifteen years ago. Not only is it old news, they say, but it is manifestly unfair to blame Hillary Clinton for the misdeeds of her husband, especially since she was the primary victim of his infidelity. Meanwhile, conservatives are tying themselves in knots over the question over whether, and how, Hillary "enabled" Bill's peccadilloes. Feb 18, 2014 8:28 AM PT

Khamenei: Nuclear Talks Will 'Lead Nowhere'

The talks on a "final" nuclear agreement begin Tuesday in Geneva between Iran and the P+5 powers (the UN Security Council plus Germany). And already, Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is pouring cold water on the negotiations, saying that they will "lead nowhere," even though he would not oppose them. The comments were posted on Khamanei's website. Feb 18, 2014 5:09 AM PT

Joe Wilson Was Right, Part 2

The language of the web page is ambiguous. Elsewhere on the website, in the FAQ section, it indicates that legal residency is required to buy insurance through Covered California, but that point is contradicted by the idea that illegal aliens would be encouraged to buy insurance for family members. It seems to me that the likely intent is to enroll as many people as possible, and then weed people out later, boosting numbers in the meantime. Feb 18, 2014 5:03 AM PT

Charles Barkley's Content-Free Obama Interview

The "celebrity interview" of the president dates back to Leonardo di Caprio's fawning conversion with then-President Bill Clinton, so Obama is not the first to indulge this dubious journalistic detour. Yet Sunday's interview on TNT before the NBA All-Star Game was especially awful. Feb 17, 2014 8:51 AM PT

United Auto Workers May Drop 'Auto' After VW Defeat

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union, long an institution in the American automotive industry, may no longer focus on automobile workers in the wake of its stunning rejection by Volkswagen workers last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Instead, the union may consider shifting more resources to areas where it has had success in organizing workers in the past few years, such as government, casinos, and higher education. Feb 17, 2014 8:12 AM PT

Netanyahu's Party Ties His Hands on Concessions to Palestinians

Members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party have won a crucial court battle over the party's internal rules that allow the leader of the central committee, in this case Deputy Minister of Defense Danny Danon, to require party approval of any concessions made to the Palestinians in negotiations. Feb 17, 2014 6:07 AM PT

The Folly of California's Climate Change Policies--Continued

David Dayen of Politico Magazine asks: "Can Anybody Save California?" The thrust of his article is an attempt to shift blame from politicians (especially President Barack Obama) to climate change. (Dayen makes little note of the federal government's role, and treats the diversion of water to save the delta smelt as if it were solely a Republican complaint). Never mind that scientists say the drought has little to do with climate change. Feb 17, 2014 5:43 AM PT

South Africa's Anti-Israel Hysteria--and Why You Should Care

Once again, dear reader, we delve deep into the obscure and ill-conceived debate among South Africans about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. South Africa's position makes no difference to the region: the African National Congress government has long since discredited itself as a neutral observer, and its own human rights record, at home and abroad, is so poor that it has lost any legitimacy it might once have had in dealing with the conflict. Feb 17, 2014 12:40 AM PT

Overemphasis on Climate Change Has Made California's Water Crisis Worse

President Barack Obama offered the desperate farmers and farmworkers of the drought-stricken Central Valley a desultory relief package last week: $1 billion for a "climate resilience fund," plus "summer meals" and various other kinds of aid. For a president who boasts of his willingness to use executive action, it was a pathetic display of sophistry, full of mumbles about how water management is not a "zero-sum game"--though in this case, it is. Feb 16, 2014 6:44 AM PT

Obama Abandons Egypt and Israel

Other countries in the region, too, have lost faith in Obama--notably Saudi Arabia, which shares Israel's worries about Iran. But the loss of support in Egypt and Israel is telling. The Camp David Accord of 1978, which ended war between the two countries, was the centerpiece of American diplomatic power in the region. To the extent that peace still reigns on the Egypt-Israel border, it will be in spite of, not because of, President Barack Obama. Feb 16, 2014 5:52 AM PT

To Obama, Israeli Lives Are Worth Less

A friend pointed out an obvious contradiction in the Obama administration's policy towards terrorism. In a series of "goodwill" gestures aimed at enticing the Palestinians to keep negotiating, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have forced Israel to release long-term prisoners who include terrorists and murderers. Upon their return to Palestinian society, they are given a hero's welcome and generous government benefits. Indeed, the Palestinian Authority just allocated $46 million for payments to such prisoners in 2014. Feb 16, 2014 5:19 AM PT

Big Labor Loses Big in Volkswagen UAW vote in Tennessee

On Friday, Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, TN dealt a major blow to the United Auto Workers (UAW) and to Big Labor in general when they voted 712-626 to reject the union. The loss is only the latest setback for the union, which has seen right-to-work laws established in Michigan and has struggled to organize new plants. It may have won major White House-brokered concessions (at the expense of primary creditors) in the Detroit auto bailout in 2009, but the UAW is otherwise in decline, and the Volkswagen loss stings especially bitterly. Feb 16, 2014 5:01 AM PT


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