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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Iran's Phony Nuclear Concessions

Even as Iran steps up its aggressive rhetoric to the point of directly threatening the U.S. and Israel, the media are falling for the latest in the regime's diplomatic feints: namely, concessions that would allow U.N. inspectors greater access to Iranian nuclear sites, as well as information about explosive devices used in nuclear weapons. Feb 10, 2014 12:44 PM PT

Dry Times Make Bad Water Law

In law school, students are often told: "Hard cases make bad law." That is, drawing general principles from the most complex cases may not always be a good idea. In the same way, the California drought could offer a new maxim for environmental management: "Dry times make bad water management." When water is scarce, new proposals that have languished for years suddenly come to the fore--and not all of them are very good ideas. Feb 10, 2014 11:56 AM PT

Finally! Serious Rain, Snow Hit California

The drought crisis is far from over, but Californians were grateful for a weekend storm so powerful that it dumped three feet of snow on ski resorts around Lake Tahoe and knocked out power in northern parts of the state.  Feb 10, 2014 9:30 AM PT

Tuesday's Mayoral Showdown in San Diego

You may be surprised to learn that there is still a mayor's race going on in San Diego--the resignation of Bob Filner seems like ancient history--but it's happening on Tuesday, and it's going down to the wire. The GOP candidate, City Councilman Kevin Faulconer, seemed like a shoo-in to win after Filner, the city's first Democrat mayor in recent memory, resigned in disgrace over sexual harassment allegations. But that's not the case. Feb 10, 2014 6:24 AM PT

Epic Fail: Kerry Blasted By Israeli Left (Yes, the Left)

Until now, opinion of the Obama administration's latest efforts to impose a "framework" for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been split along partisan and ideological lines. However, the Jersualem Post reported Sunday that Israel's left-wing Meretz party, which for years has agitated for territorial concessions to the Palestinians, blasted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "of making major mistakes in the peace process." Feb 9, 2014 2:30 PM PT

Why are Democrats Rarely Published for Saying Stupid Things?

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) did his part Sunday morning to demonstrate why Obamacare will continue to be the most important issue for Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections. In response to the Congressional Budget Office's latest projection last week that 2.5 million Americans will leave the labor force in response to Obamacare, Ellison said: "This is a good thing....We might want to look at our work-life balance."  Feb 9, 2014 9:06 AM PT

Arizona vs. California: A Tale of Two Droughts

Astonishingly low rainfall. Low snow levels on the mountains. Rivers at two to three percent of normal levels. And yet--plenty of water for the state's farms, lawns and gardens. It's not California, where Gov. Jerry Brown has warned residents to cut back on water use, and seventeen rural communities face extreme water shortages. It's neighboring Arizona, where the state has done a superior job of developing water reservoirs for dry years. Feb 9, 2014 8:41 AM PT

Free Victoria Nuland, and 'F--- the EU'

The Obama administration's latest diplomatic flub involves Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, who told the U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine to "f--- the E.U." in his efforts to assist the Ukranian opposition in its confrontation with the Russian-backed government. Ms. Nuland has already apologized, which makes sense for diplomatic reasons, though she had nothing for which to say sorry. Feb 9, 2014 6:06 AM PT

5 Thoughts on Iran's Simulated Attack on Israel, U.S.

Iranian state television aired a simulated airstrike on Israel and on American targets on Friday, as a warning of the kind of response that could be expected if either country attacked Iran's nuclear program. The broadcast needs to be taken seriously: what an enemy is willing to imagine, it is willing to execute. And it is also worth noting that while the Obama administration is keen to look accommodating, Iran is stepping up its threats. Yet there are a few other things worth noting about the video, beyond the basic fact that it was aired at all. Feb 8, 2014 11:29 PM PT

Iran: The Real 'Linkage'

Many of those so-called "realists" who inspired Barack Obama's opposition to the Iraq War and accompanied him into the administration believed in the theory of "linkage"--that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was closely linked to threats against the U.S., and was in fact the primary reason that the U.S. was targeted by terrorists and disliked by other regional powers, including Iran. Reality, in fact, has proved otherwise in the past few years. Feb 8, 2014 10:24 PM PT

Politico's Heroic Profile of Jerry Brown's High-Speed Rail Dream

The latest edition of Politico Magazine features a profile of California Gov. Jerry Brown and his ambition--now more than three decades old--to bring high-speed rail to the state. The happy coincidence of Barack Obama's enormously wasteful and ineffective stimulus allowed Brown's dream, inspired by a trip to Japan, to take root. David Dayen's article casts Brown's mission in almost heroic style, a brave battle waged against great odds. Feb 8, 2014 8:38 PM PT

Obama's Appeasement Invites Iran's Mission Creep

When Breitbart News first noted on Jan. 21 that Iran was sending its first warships to the Atlantic, the mission was presumed to be a mere tour of the open seas. On Feb. 8, however, Iran's Northern Naval Fleet Commander Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad announced that the destination of the small convoy--a helicopter carrier and destroyer--would be the U.S. maritime borders, a deliberately provocative gesture aimed at challenging the U.S. Feb 8, 2014 8:01 PM PT

California Drought: Cold Weather Brings Power Shortage

Though it is fashionable among Democrats to blame the ongoing California drought--one of the worst ever seen--on global warming, the state now faces a new problem: namely, cold winter temperatures. The cold snap has led to increased use of heating by residents and businesses, and a shortage of natural gas in Southern California. State officials are now calling on California residents to conserve electricity as well as water. Feb 7, 2014 10:52 AM PT

Reminder: Liberal Jews Not Immune from Anti-Israel Hate

Left-wing Jews may hope that their increased willingness to criticize Israel might spare them some of the worst of anti-Israel hatred from Palestinian advocates and antisemites. Not so, sadly. The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles reports that a beautiful mural along the outer wall of the Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle Southern California facility in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood was defaced with "Free Palestine!!!!" graffiti Thursday. Feb 7, 2014 10:44 AM PT

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