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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Clinton Allies Think Support for Obama's Amnesty Was 'Smart Move'

In a lengthy piece at The Hill this weekend, Amie Parnes takes a look at "What Hillary allies fear the most." Such analyses are always to be taken with a grain of salt, since the default assumption must be that the mainstream media are generally interested in seeing a Hillary Clinton candidacy succeed. Still, one of the more interesting tidbits is that the Clinton camp apparently believes she was right to embrace Obama's executive amnesty. Nov 23, 2014 6:03 AM PT

The Left Doth Protest Too Much: The Benghazi Scandal Remains

The left and the media greeted Friday's release of the House Intelligence Committee report on Benghazi with glee. "#Failghazi," the Huffington Post proclaimed. And yet, as Shakespeare wrote, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." For though the report contradicted some speculative claims, the core of the scandal remains. And both President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a tough case to answer. Nov 22, 2014 8:12 PM PT

Blue State Blues: My Immigrant Father's Warning—'When Illegality Becomes the Law'

I am a legal immigrant. I did not choose to come to the United States—I was carried here, by my parents, who arrived with one suitcase and nothing else. They were not fleeing political oppression, religious persecution, or economic collapse. In fact, as white South Africans in the 1970s, they were born into a life of exclusive privilege and prosperity. My father had grown up poor but made his way to medical school. A life of wealth awaited. Nov 21, 2014 8:02 PM PT

Obama Calls Lindsey Graham's 'Impeachment' Bluff on Gitmo

On June 4, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned that President Barack Obama could face "impeachment" if he continued to release terror detainees from the military prison facility at Guantánamo Bay without Congress's explicit approval. On Thursday, however--the same day that the president announced his unilateral executive amnesty--Obama released five more terror detainees from Guantánamo, including four Al Qaeda fighters. Nov 21, 2014 4:04 PM PT

5 Truths About Immigration Reform

In declaring his executive amnesty on Thursday evening, President Barack Obama made the case for seizing what he once described as imperial powers. He said he had been compelled to do so because of the "broken" state of the country's immigration system. In so doing, Obama obscured five truths about immigration reform. Nov 21, 2014 8:27 AM PT

Hillary Clinton Will Suffer for Obama's Executive Amnesty

The march towards a Hillary Clinton presidency seems inevitable, but Clinton continues to be her own greatest opponent. After refusing for weeks to take a definitive stance on President Barack Obama's proposed executive amnesty, Clinton endorsed it, via Twitter, after the fact on Thursday evening--therefore ensuring that she will be the target of Republican criticism and public outrage as the 2016 presidential campaign begins in earnest. Nov 21, 2014 7:59 AM PT

Ferguson: From Amnesty to Anarchy

The media were agog Thursday with feigned outrage at the suggestion, made by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), that President Barack Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty could lead to "anarchy" and "violence." CNN host Brooke Baldwin was particularly aggrieved--oddly, since she kept flipping back to Ferguson, Missouri, where anarchy is expected promptly upon release of the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown shooting. Nov 20, 2014 8:52 PM PT

No Mention of 'Constitution' in Obama's Amnesty Speech

In declaring his executive amnesty on Thursday evening, President Barack Obama did not use the word "Constitution" once. He cited the supposed precedent of previous executive orders by earlier presidents, and he spoke about law enforcement, but he never once showed how the actions he proposed to take are constitutional. Nov 20, 2014 5:12 PM PT

Obama's Executive Action Will Keep Legal Immigrant Families Apart

One of the many spurious defenses being rolled out for President Barack Obama's brazen violation of the Constitution in granting "executive amnesty" is that he is acting to "keep families together." After all, if some family members immigrated legally and others did not--or some were granted (also problematic) deferrals as "Dreamers," while others are subject to deportation, how could we risk splitting families apart unfairly? Nov 20, 2014 12:58 PM PT

Congress Should Cancel the State of the Union Address in 2015

Congressional Republicans are searching for ways--short of impeachment or shutting down the government--to respond to President Barack Obama's seizure of arbitrary power over immigration law and enforcement. One way would be to cancel the State of the Union address next year, so that the elected representatives of the people do not have to listen to, or applaud, a man who is violating his oath of office and governing as a tyrant. Nov 20, 2014 12:20 PM PT

Hours After Jerusalem Terror, UCLA Students Vote to Divest from Israel

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) student government voted late Tuesday to recommend that the university divest from companies that are alleged to profit from Israeli human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The motion passed after a similar measure failed in the spring--and just hours after a deadly Palestinian terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that killed five, including a rabbi formerly from Los Angeles. Nov 20, 2014 5:39 AM PT

The Psychosis of Palestinian Nationalism

The Jerusalem Post's inestimable Arab correspondent, Khaled Abu Toameh, argues that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem--equivocally, and reluctantly--only because U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had called him "twice over the past few days to demand that the Palestinians stop anti-Israel incitement." Nov 19, 2014 4:50 PM PT

Barack the First Crowns Himself with Executive Amnesty

Emperor Barack Obama will crown himself on Thursday, Nov. 20 by revealing to the nation his plan to grant “amnesty” to millions of illegal aliens by an executive order delaying their prosecution indefinitely. The title “emperor” is one he himself used, as recently as last year, explaining why he would never do exactly what he is about to do. Nov 19, 2014 3:51 PM PT

Spanish Parliament Recognizes 'Palestine' After Jerusalem Terror Attack

The lower house of the Spanish parliament, the Congress of Deputies, passed a resolution Tuesday to recognize a Palestinian state. The vote came in the wake of a gruesome Palestinian terror attack Tuesday morning that targeted Jews praying at a synagogue in West Jerusalem, which drew widespread international condemnation. Nov 18, 2014 2:23 PM PT

The Third Intifada is About the Post-Two-State Future

The two-state solution is, effectively, dead. It was mortally wounded long before today's terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, which marks a third intifada. The final straw came with the Gaza war this past summer, when Hamas rockets and tunnels showed why it would be insane to let Palestinians to rule more than a portion of the West Bank. The Obama administration's addiction to pressuring Israel has also destabilized diplomacy. Nov 18, 2014 12:56 PM PT

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