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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Claim: Warriors Coach Fired for Christian Views on Homosexuality

Was Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson fired for his Christian views on gay marriage? That's what Ann Killion is asking at, noting that Jackson's lukewarm reaction to the coming-out of Jason Collins, last year was something of a mismatch for the Bay Area, which is the global capital of gay politics and culture. May 7, 2014 5:19 AM PT

Obama to Make Bad L.A. Traffic Worse Wednesday

President Barack Obama is visiting California this week--and that promises to make traffic even worse than usual in Los Angeles. Drivers are being urged to avoid Century City and Bel Air, as the president's visit will see portions of West L.A. near Beverly Glen Road closed, from Sunset Boulevard south to Pico Boulevard. May 7, 2014 5:10 AM PT

L.A. to Screen Ice Cream Vendors for Sex Offenses

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to explore regulations that would screen ice cream vendors for criminal records for violations "such as molestation, sex offenses, pornography or abuse," the Los Angeles Times reports.  May 7, 2014 4:50 AM PT

Greuel's First Campaign Ad Targets Tea Party in Waxman District

Democrat Wendy Greuel, running to succeed 20-term Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman (D), has released her first campaign ad of the 2014 primary as early voting starts ahead of the June 3 primary. The ad, according to the Greuel campaign, "highlights our progressive values and the threat they face from right-wing special interests." May 6, 2014 3:06 PM PT

These Anti-Israel UCLA Students are Stupid and Dishonest

The majority of UCLA students running for undergraduate student government officer positions--though none from the inclusive, centrist "Bruins United" coalition--have signed a pledge drafted by radical groups and several ethnic organizations promising never to travel to Israel on student trips sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), or the Hasbara Fellowships. May 6, 2014 1:29 PM PT

Holocaust Denial Assignment Was Part of 'Common Core'

A controversial assignment given to eighth-grade students in the Rialto Unified School District in San Bernadino County that asked them to evaluate whether the Holocaust actually happened or was a myth created for "political and monetary gain was designed in a "misguided" effort to satisfy Common Core curriculum requirements in critical thinking, according to a statement by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday. May 6, 2014 8:03 AM PT

California Assembly Bans State Sale of Confederate Flag

The California State Assembly passed a bill Monday nearly unanimously that would prevent state agencies from selling the Confederate flag "or any similar image." The bill, AB 2444, was sponsored by Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton), who was offended to learn from his mother that a gift shop at the state Capitol was selling replica Confederate money as a novelty item, according to the Los Angeles-area CBS affiliate. May 6, 2014 6:20 AM PT

Kashkari Hits Donnelly for Flip-Flop on Redevelopment

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is slamming GOP rival Tim Donnelly for his inconsistent position on "redevelopment," a policy the California state legislature ended in 2011 with strong Republican support. "Tim Donnelly says he’s for redevelopment projects. Then he says he is really against it. But then he votes for it. Tim Donnelly is flipping all over the place," says the Kashkari website May 5, 2014 2:13 PM PT

Another Jewish Holiday Mashup: 'Cinco de Iyar'

On the heels of 2013's highly successful "Thanksgivukkah," and following the drunken revelry of "St. Purim's Day" this past March, comes the latest in Jewish holiday mashups: "Cinco de Iyar," which is a combination of Mexican-American "Cinco de Mayo" and Israel's Independence Day, which falls on the 5th day of the month of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar, and happens this year to coincide with May 5th on the Roman calendar as well.  May 5, 2014 1:47 PM PT

Tea Party is the Target in Race Against McClintock

Republican Art Moore's last-minute entry into the primary race against incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock in California's 4th congressional district is being widely perceived as an attempt to target the Tea Party, of which McClintock has been a key supporter during his three terms in Washington. Moore, a military veteran and businessman who has never voted before, is subtly portraying himself as a moderate Republican alternative. May 5, 2014 5:59 AM PT

'John Doe' Lawyer to Detail New Allegations Against X-Men's Singer Monday

Attorneys for "John Doe No. 117," a British teenager who is filing a lawsuit claiming sexual abuse by X-Men director Brian Singer and Broadway producer Gary Goddard, will present their client's case Monday in Los Angeles. Singer is facing another suit filed by the same lawyer on behalf of a different client, and has denied wrongdoing in that case. Singer's attorney told the Daily Beast that the new claims were "completely false." May 4, 2014 4:50 PM PT

Brush Fires Break out in Southern California

Sunday saw several brush fires break out near homes southern California, from San Diego to Los Angeles, in drought conditions that have local authorities bracing for potentially devastating fires in the months ahead. May 4, 2014 4:33 PM PT

Some Charities are Keeping Sterling's Donations

Some of the many non-profit organizations to which L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling gave money over the years have returned it--most famously, UCLA, which announced last week that it would give back the portion of a $3 million donation that Sterling and his wife had committed for medical research. However, some charitable organizations in California are keeping Sterling's donations while condemning his recorded remarks on race. May 4, 2014 4:21 PM PT

How Democrats Have Politicized Benghazi

In the past few days, as new evidence emerged that the White House was directly involved in misleading the public with the lie that the Benghazi terror attack of Sep. 11, 2012 was motivated by outrage at a YouTube video, and as Speaker of the House John Boehner has finally acceded to demands for a select committee to probe the attack and cover-up, Democrats have resorted to a common defense: Republicans are "politicizing" Benghazi. May 4, 2014 3:03 PM PT


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