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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Pete Peterson: A Conservative Idealist, Winning in California

Amidst the general gloom about Republican electoral fortunes in California, past and present, came some good news last week: Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University, is leading the race for Secretary of State by double digits. Apr 17, 2014 3:29 PM PT

Huffington Post Slams 'Corporate Democrats'

Gary Cohn, writing at the Huffington Post (and Capital & Main), takes on the "Corporate Democrats" of California--those Democrats who support moderate policies despite the overwhelming power their party enjoys in the state legislature. He advances two theories for their behavior: one, that the "jungle primary" system makes Democrats blunt their views to compete with Republicans: and two, they are paid by corporate interests. Apr 17, 2014 10:46 AM PT

California's Schizophrenic Electorate Presents a Political Puzzle

California has become one of the most reliably "blue" states in the Union (the Democrats having convinced the rest of us, somehow, to assign to Republicans the "red" that used to mark both Democrats' electoral victories on the map and their ideology). It now seems almost impossible for Republicans to win statewide elections, after California voters have rejected a slew of highly qualified men (and especially women) in recent years. Apr 17, 2014 8:18 AM PT

Shock Poll: California Voters Prefer Low Taxes, Smaller Government

A new Field Poll yields a surprising result: by 54% to 35%, California voters "say they prefer lower taxes and fewer government services to higher taxes and more government services." In addition, an astonishing 73% of California voters believe government spending should be reduced (34%) or maintained (39%) at current levels. Apr 17, 2014 6:23 AM PT

Recycling 'Toilet Water' Gains Appeal for Drought-Stricken California

Californians may be rethinking widespread opposition to using recycled water for drinking, reports Brian Resnick of National Journal. In the past, the option of using treated wastewater to augment the state's drinking supply has been rejected by voters. But in the midst of one of the worst drought California has ever experienced, Orange County is considering the option, and Gov. Jerry Brown has included it among the state's responses. Apr 17, 2014 5:52 AM PT

California's Royce to Lead Delegation to Ukraine

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is leading a congressional delegation to Ukraine during the two-week April House recess, the Orange County Register reports. Apr 14, 2014 12:53 PM PT

Crane: 'Jerry Brown Hoodwinks Reporters'

David Crane, a lecturer at Stanford University's Institute for Economic Policy Research, admits that he donated to Gov. Jerry Brown and voted for him in 2010. And yet, says Crane, Brown is guilty of many of the same tricks that earlier California governors pulled to make their budgets seem rosier than they actually are. In fact, Crane says in an op-ed at Bloomberg News, Brown has succeeded, like his predecessors, in "hoodwinking" reporters. Apr 14, 2014 12:24 PM PT

Attacks on Kansas Jewish Community: This is What Hatred Looks Like

Since the 2010 midterm election, we've seen many Democrats and the mainstream media attempt to label mass shootings by deranged people as political "hate crimes" by conservatives and the Tea Party. The enthusiasm for such prejudice has declined somewhat recently, but it lingers in the background whenever such events occur. Apr 14, 2014 10:08 AM PT

To Stop Russia, Cancel Obama's 'New Start'

Among the many dubious legacies of "moderate" Republicans is the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as "New START," which the Senate ratified in December 2010, just after the electorate had delivered a resounding condemnation of the Obama administration's left-wing agenda. New START was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ill-conceived and ill-fated "reset" with Russia. Apr 14, 2014 8:41 AM PT

The Christian Victims of Antisemitic Hatred

In 1999, as I was preparing to leave my home town of Skokie, IL for six months of study in Israel, an antisemitic white supremacist fanatic went on a shooting spree in the area. He wounded several Jews, none of whom died. He did, however, kill a black man--Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, who was out for a walk with his family. I knew Byrdsong personally: he had written me a letter as I was graduating high school. Apr 14, 2014 6:43 AM PT

Grandfather, Grandson Killed at KC Jewish Center: Neither Was Jewish

A grandfather and grandson were among the victims in a shooting at the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, according to the Kansas City Star. The alleged shooter, a man in his 70s, opened fire at the center and at a nearby Jewish retirement home, shouting "Heil Hitler!" as he was arrested. Ironically, neither the grandfather, William Lewis Corporon, nor his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, was Jewish. Apr 13, 2014 6:36 PM PT

3 Dead in Shooting at Kansas Jewish Center: Gunman Yelled 'Heil Hitler'

Two people are dead and one is reportedly in critical condition, according to ABC News, after a shooting spree at a Jewish community center and retirement facility in Overland Park, Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that police arrested one male suspect at 2:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Hundreds of students were reportedly at the community center for local "KC SuperStar" auditions and for the rehearsal of To Kill a Mockingbird. Apr 13, 2014 1:32 PM PT

'Blood Moon' Eclipse on Holy Monday Sparks Prophecies of 'Rapture'

A rare "blood moon tetrad" will arrive with the start of a total lunar eclipse, beginning late on Monday evening--or, on the East Coast, early Tuesday morning. The eclipse, in which the full moon will be darkened by the earth's shadow, will coincide with the Jewish festival of Passover. In a bizarre, rare calendrical coincidence, the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in October will also feature a solar eclipse--as will both Passover and Sukkot next year as well. The series of four blood-red eclipses has sparked several conspiracy theories and amateur prophecies. Apr 13, 2014 12:06 PM PT

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