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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Live Blog: State of the Union, from Obama Organizing HQ

I'm going "deep undercover" to watch the State of the Union address at a gathering hosted by members of President Barack Obama's own campaign-turned-activist organization, Organizing for Action (OfA). I can't disclose the location: suffice it to say it's in a very lovely upscale neighborhood, one in which I could only dream of living. (I'm not rich enough to vote Democratic these days. Just can't afford it. Inequality, my friends.) Jan 28, 2014 6:17 PM PT

California Drought: Here Come the Water Wars

The political stakes are rising dramatically in the race to save California's economy from a crushing drought that is among the worst in the past century. The U.S. Senate rejected an effort by three California Republicans--Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Reps. David Valadao and Devin Nunes--to insert a provision in the new farm bill that would divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to the Central Valley. Jan 28, 2014 2:44 PM PT

State of the Union Preview: Ignored, Obama Tries Rule by Fiat

President Barack Obama has one thing going for him, as he prepares for his 2014 State of the Union Address: low expectations. Pundits have panned the speech before seeing it, the otherwise friendly media is lamenting his poor poll numbers, and even members of his own party are suggesting that there is nothing he can do to revive his presidency. The scandals of 2013 and the disastrous rollout of Obamacare have knocked him down. Jan 28, 2014 8:31 AM PT

Report: Congress Secretly Approved Arms for Syrian Rebels

Congress secretly approved "light arms" for the "moderate" factions among Syria's rebels, according to a report Monday by Reuters. The weapons include rifles and anti-tank guns, though not anti-aircraft missiles, according to the report. Citing two unnamed sources, Reuters says that the weapons were approved in classified portions of recent defense appropriations bills after being stalled during the public controversy over Syria last summer. Jan 28, 2014 7:56 AM PT

Countdown to State of the Union--2013: Obama Opens Second Term with Wish List

In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama set out a detailed agenda for his second term--a highly ambitious and diverse array of goals that few thought had any chance of succeeding in a divided Congress. Indeed, the only achievement during the subsequent year was an easing--not a reversal--of the sequester cuts that the President called a "really bad idea" (though they came from the White House). Jan 28, 2014 7:13 AM PT

Poll: 59% of Americans Want Stronger Iran Sanctions

A new poll to be released Tuesday shows that 59% of Americans believe that stronger sanctions are needed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The poll was conducted for the World Zionist Organization by McLaughlin Associates among 1000 American adults. It also found that 51% believe Obama has not done all that he could to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power, and only 31% believe Obama is a friend of Israel. Jan 28, 2014 6:02 AM PT

Juan Williams Gives Obama More Bad Advice

It might work against a politician who doesn't want to fight back, but the standard left-wing advice to President Barack Obama to "get angry" never works, and reinforces the same bad behavior that is the cause of most of his failures. The stimulus, Obamacare, foreign policy "resets"--all of Obama's greatest blunders are carried out with no consultation and shoved down the opposition (and the country's) throat. And yet Democrats want more. Jan 28, 2014 5:51 AM PT

California's New Corporate Tax Falls 30% Short

When billionaire Obama donor Tom Steyer, the leading opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, bankrolled California's Proposition 39 in 2012, voters were told that the new corporate tax reform would bring $1 billion into state coffers by charging out-of-state companies more. Instead, it has only generated about $700 million of the promised windfall--and without creating many of the "green jobs" for which the revenues were earmarked. Jan 28, 2014 5:31 AM PT

Black Leader Joins 'White' Opposition in South Africa

South Africa's leading opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), stunned political observers Tuesday with the announcement that Mamphela Ramphele, a leading black anti-apartheid activist, will be the party's candidate for president in national elections against the troubled African National Congress later this year. The DA, whose leaders have largely been white, has struggled for decades to appeal to the black majority of voters. Jan 28, 2014 5:13 AM PT

Black Leader Joins 'White' Opposition in South Africa

South Africa's leading opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), stunned political observers Tuesday with the announcement that Mamphela Ramphele, a leading black anti-apartheid activist, will be the party's candidate for president in national elections against the troubled African National Congress later this year. The DA, whose leaders have largely been white, has struggled for decades to appeal to the black majority of voters. Jan 28, 2014 5:13 AM PT

Obama Donor Will Run Anti-Keystone Ad During SOTU

Billionaire Obama donor Tom Steyer, who is funding and leading the environmentalist campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline, will air an anti-Keystone ad on MSNBC before and after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. The minute-long ad, entitled "Sucker Punch," claims that Canada may not send its tar sand oil through the pipeline to the U.S., and implies it will send the oil to China instead. Jan 27, 2014 1:41 PM PT

Scandal in Israel: Netanyahu Son Dating Norwegian Bombshell

The latest outrage in Israel involves a bombshell--not a rocket from Gaza, but a blonde from Norway. Sandra Leikanger is 25 years old and a student at Israel's Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. She is also reported to be dating fellow student Yair Netanyahu, the 23-year-old son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Jan 27, 2014 11:31 AM PT

California: Only One-Third Have Regained Insurance Lost Through Obamacare

California has long been the flagship for Obamacare. It was targeted last fall by President Barack Obama's own activist group, Organizing for Action, for precisely that reason: given the strength of their volunteer efforts, they hoped the state could be a symbol for the success of Obamacare as a whole. That is why there is so much loud cheering by the media's left-wing commentators every time Covered California, the state's Obamacare program, announces that it has done something: those commentators are, to put it bluntly, in on the propaganda plan. Jan 27, 2014 5:00 AM PT

Netanyahu: 'No Chance' of Final Iran Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that there is "no chance" the West will reach a final deal with Iran over its nuclear program, following comments by Iranian officials last week that they had not agreed to dismantle any nuclear centrifuges. "If Iran will stand by that statement, that means that a permanent agreement--which is the goal of the entire diplomatic process with Iran--cannot succeed," Netanyahu said. Jan 26, 2014 9:44 AM PT

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