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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New York Times Whitewashes Cochran's Racial Tactics

I'm not particularly aggrieved by Thad Cochran's victory in the Senate runoff in Mississippi over challenger Chris McDaniel. Cochran's tactics--ginning up fear among black Democrats by exploiting false accusations of racism against the Tea Party--may be nasty, and they certainly end whatever claim Cochran had to being a conservative or even a decent public servant. But they are not illegal, and once he decided to fight, he fought to win. There's a lesson in that for conservatives.  Jun 25, 2014 4:08 AM PT

Israel Goes to War Over a Muslim Teenager

News reports are flying about airstrikes by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) inside Syria, the most serious response by Israel to cross-border violence in the past several years. The IDF response came after an Israeli teenager was killed by an anti-tank missile from Syria over the weekend. What few media outlets are reporting, however, is that the teenager whose death sparked the operation is an Arab--and Muslim--citizen of Israel. Jun 23, 2014 8:54 AM PT

Disneyland Fire Visible for 'Miles'

A small fire at Disneyland on Sunday that was visible throughout the Anaheim theme park and for "miles around" frightened many tourists, according to a report by CBS News' Los Angeles affiliate. Jun 23, 2014 6:58 AM PT

Stanford's Fouad Ajami Has Died

Fouad Ajami, who was a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and one of the most passionate critics of President Barack Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East, passed away Sunday after a battle with cancer. Jun 22, 2014 4:47 PM PT

Silicon Beach Fest Highlights L.A. Tech Boom

California's economy may be struggling overall, but the beach communities of Los Angeles are enjoying a major boom, thanks in part to the proliferation of new startup companies in the corridor from El Segundo north to Santa Monica, nicknamed "Silicon Beach." This week, local startups came together for the third annual Silicon Beach Fest to share business tips, make connections, and celebrate the start of summer with evening events. Jun 20, 2014 11:33 AM PT

Big Blue Bus: 7000 Words, 135 Miles, 18 Buses, 4 Dollars, 1 Day

On Thursday, June 19th, I rode every single bus in the “Big Blue Bus” system run by the City of Santa Monica, California. That's 18 individual bus lines--none more than once (a nineteenth, which serves Santa Monica College, closed for the summer). From dawn to dusk, over more than 15 hours, and 135 miles, I traveled the length and breadth of the west side of L.A. for the day fare of $4.00, seeing the city from within its highly underused public transport system. Why? Jun 20, 2014 12:08 AM PT

NPR Links Bundy--not Occupy--to Las Vegas Murders

National Public Radio's Morning Edition aired a story by Kirk Siegler on Tuesday morning on the enduring tensions at Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada, where armed protestors faced down the federal government in May. The story notes that the married couple who carried out a deadly shooting spree in Las Vegas last week had been at the Bundy ranch. Siegler fails, however, to note that they had also been at an Occupy protest. Jun 17, 2014 9:44 AM PT

How NOT to Cooperate with Iran in Iraq

The United States is prepared to work with the Iranian regime to defend the Iraqi government against the Sunni terrorists who are trying to take over the country, Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier this week. Though the Obama administration was quick to insist that cooperation with Iran will not include military coordination, that is likely untrue: in the present circumstances there is no other cooperation that would be worth discussing. Jun 17, 2014 6:36 AM PT

Hillary: Hamas Officials 'Largely Technocrats'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience in Toronto on Monday that she supported President Barack Obama's decision to work with the Palestinian Authority's new unity government, even though it includes the Hamas terror organization, because the new governing officials are "largely technocrats." Jun 16, 2014 2:43 PM PT

Obama, Bergdahl, and the Iraqi Deserters

As terrorists overwhelmed Iraqi security forces, President Barack Obama attempted to wash his hands of any responsibility for Iraq's fate last week. "The fact that they are not willing to stand and fight and defend their posts against admittedly hardened terrorists, but not terrorists who are overwhelming in numbers, indicates that there's a problem with morale," he said, suggesting that if the Iraqis would not fight, tough luck for them. Jun 15, 2014 10:12 PM PT

Remembering Jack Roeser

Conservative activist, entrepreneur and Republican benefactor Jack Roeser passed away on Friday, aged 90. The sad news spread rapidly among conservatives both in and from Illinois. What was surprising, however, was not the fact that Roeser had passed away--at a ripe age, and after a recent illness--but the fact that he had been so active in politics right through his 80s, backing the Tea Party movement that other party elders had shunned. Jun 15, 2014 5:52 AM PT

After Climate Change Speech, Obama Jets to Palm Springs for Golf

President Barack Obama arrived in Palm Spring, California on Saturday via Air Force One to spend Father's Day playing golf. Hours earlier, he had lectured graduating students at University of California, Irvine, about the need to "do something" about climate change, mocking those who questioned that policy goal. Jun 15, 2014 5:13 AM PT

Labrador to Challenge McCarthy for House Majority Leader

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) has officially entered the race for House Majority Leader, and will face Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the chance to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who lost his congressional primary this week and will be stepping down by the end of July.  Jun 13, 2014 11:40 AM PT

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