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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The Left Also Owns Atanus in Illinois

The left is having a collective giggle-fit over the nomination of Suzanne Atanus as the Republican nominee to challenge Jan Schakowsky in the 9th district of Illinois. I was the Republican nominee in 2010--and Atanus ran then, too. She was knocked off the ballot, in the end, and ran a write-in campaign in the general election, though not after a hysterical rant/performance at a candidate forum at a local nursing home that Schakowsky had to suffer through, nursing a copy of the U.S. Constitution in case she was asked about it again. Mar 19, 2014 2:44 PM PT

Media Smear General Boykin as Anti-Semite

Lt. General William G. "Jerry" Boykin is a man of controversial opinions, but antisemitism isn't one of them. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seized on a joke Boykin made to an Israeli reporter at Breitbart News' "Uninvited II" conference on a hot mic that Jews are the "cause of all the problems in the world," and that became the jumping-off point for a nationwide attack, including by comedian Seth Myers of Late Night. Mar 19, 2014 1:05 PM PT

The Worst Thing Obama Has Done in Foreign Policy by Far

It's time for the "manchildren" inside the Obama administration, and waving the pom-pons around it, to plug in their iPads, because they're going to have to work overtime to defend this one. "But... but... What would Mitt Romney do?" isn't going to cut it this time, boys. The latest foreign policy blunder by the Obama administration is by far the worst of his administration, and will cause lasting damage to U.S. interests and freedom in general. Mar 19, 2014 6:39 AM PT

L.A. Council Members Blame Fracking for Recent Earthquake

Though they do not actually know whether there is any hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") happening in Los Angeles, three members of the city council have introduced a resolution that blames tracking for Monday's 4.4-magnitude earthquake, the Los Angeles Times reports. Mar 19, 2014 5:48 AM PT

Maldives Islanders: We Saw Malaysia Airlines Jet

A new twist has emerged in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, as a newspaper in the Indian Ocean nation of the Malvides has reported that residents of the remote island of Kuda Huvadhoo report having seen a low-flying aircraft early in the morning on the night that the Boeing 777 disappeared. Mar 18, 2014 10:44 AM PT

The Case for War

Vladimir Putin seizes the Crimea, so we blockade the Bosporus. Iran defies the UN, so we sink its Persian Gulf fleet. China expands its air defense zone, so we start downing Chinese fighters. North Korea fires some missiles, so we send a CIA assassin with Dennis Rodman's entourage on the next basketball trip. Why is has any of this become unthinkable? We're the world's lone superpower--since when did we become such complete wimps? Mar 18, 2014 8:10 AM PT

Two Years After Romney, Biden Visits Poland

In 2012, when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Poland to show solidarity with the newly free democracies of Eastern Europe, the American media mocked him. "What about your gaffes?" a journalist shrieked as Romney left a war memorial in Poland, sharing the exasperation of the media at Romney's refusal to acknowledge their view that he had lost the foreign policy debate to the president who nailed Osama bin Laden. Mar 18, 2014 6:41 AM PT

Palestinian Terrorists Complain: Jews Love Jerusalem More than We Do

Ramadan Shalah, the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization, which is funded, armed and controlled by Iran, lamented at a recent conference in Tehran that Jews love the disputed city of Jerusalem more than Palestinians and Muslims do, according to the Times of Israel, citing a recording of the conference obtained by Israel's Army Radio. Mar 18, 2014 6:18 AM PT

Obama's Weak Foreign Policy: He's Just Fulfilling a Campaign Promise

There has been a chorus of criticism--and ridicule--surrounding President Barack Obama's response to Russia's impending annexation of Crimea. Having failed, after several long telephone conversations, to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Obama is now responding with sanctions against seven--seven--individuals in the Russian government. Charles Krauthammer called Obama's response "humiliating," and it certainly is. But say this for Obama: he is keeping his campaign promise. Mar 18, 2014 5:08 AM PT

Asian-Americans Show Clout as Latinos Become California's Largest Minority

Asian-American leaders succeeded Monday in stopping an effort in the California legislature to overturn Proposition 209, which banned the use of race in admissions at state universities after its passage in 1996. Meanwhile, Latinos were set to become the state's largest ethnic group by the end of March, at 39 percent of the state. Whites form just under 39 percent, Asian-Americans roughly 14 percent, and blacks under 7 percent. Mar 17, 2014 3:15 PM PT

The 'Brainy Bracket': Villanova to Win NCAA Tourney

In the spirit of March Madness, I've filled out my own NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket. However, I don't follow college basketball much, and I can't pretend to know enough about the teams to make any neat predictions. So I've opted for a different method: I pick whichever team ranks higher in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of the best colleges, putting academic excellence first, though it is largely irrelevant. Mar 17, 2014 2:32 PM PT

Architect of California's Non-Physician Abortion Law Leaves for Buffett Foundation

Dr. Tracy Weitz, the sociologist whose research provided the basis for California's new law permitting non-physicians to perform first-trimester abortions, has left the state to join the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation in Omaha, NE as the director of its domestic philanthropy. Among other causes, the Buffett Foundation supports Planned Parenthood and has "long taken the foundation into the heart of the abortion battle." Mar 17, 2014 1:23 PM PT

Why Aren't Democrats Running on the Shutdown?

Why aren't we seeing commercials like that? After all, if the shutdown last fall was so damaging to the GOP, why aren't Democrats making it an issue? Why are they focusing instead on how their candidates should talk about Obamacare? The answer can't just be that Obamacare's problems have obscured the shutdown. The reality is that, however imperfect, the shutdown focused and sharpened Republican opposition to Obamacare. Mar 17, 2014 12:41 PM PT

At White House, Obama Whitewashes Abbas

President Barack Obama met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday, telling the press at a joint conference that Abbas is "somebody who has consistently renounced violence." Yet while he himself has not carried out violent acts, Abbas built his political career in the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and has repeatedly praised terrorism in recent months, much to the alarm of Israelis. Mar 17, 2014 12:19 PM PT

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