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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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

U-2 Spy Plane Blamed for ATC Computer Failure

A U-2 spy plane, one of the key weapons of the Cold War, is apparently responsible for a computer failure in Los Angeles that disrupted air traffic control operations in California and across the nation, NBC news reports. May 4, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Kerry to African Leaders: Do Some of You Ride Donkeys?

Secretary of State John Kerry opened his remarks to African Union leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this weekend by asking whether some had traveled by donkey. "Thank you, Mr. President, for being here. And thank you, all of you, for treading up the hill to join me this morning. I saw a couple of donkeys out there. Did some of you come up on the donkeys? (Laughter.) But a lot of buses and cars, and I am very, very appreciative." May 4, 2014 5:03 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Illinois, You Put Me in a Happy State

"Illinois, you put me in a happy state." That was the tagline from Illinois tourism ads in the mid-1980s, which were near-ubiquitous in an era when John Hughes was filming Chicago hits like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and, of course, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. President Ronald Reagan's birthplace attracted visitors to rural Illinois, and the stark yet hopeful inner city attracted political romantics like one young Barack Hussein Obama. May 2, 2014 7:09 PM PT

How to Stop Benghazi from Happening Again: No Hillary

Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor attempted to deflect Bret Baier's questions on Fox News' Special Report Thursday by arguing that what was important about what happened in Benghazi "two years ago" [sic] was less important than what happens in the future. "What we should be worried about is making sure that never happens again," Vietor said, hoping to shake Baier loose. May 2, 2014 5:49 AM PT

Vietor: 'Guys Quoted in Newspapers' Were Source for Benghazi 'Video' Claim

There were many rich moments in former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor's interview Thursday on Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier about the Benghazi scandal. Certainly his exasperated protest--"Dude, this was like two years ago"--summarizes the callow nature of the Obama administration (one could almost hear the next Peggy Noonan column being written as the words left the youthful Vietor's mouth). May 2, 2014 5:28 AM PT

Study: California's 'Jungle' Primary Boosts Independents

California's new "jungle" primary system does not boost turnout, but does raise participation by independent voters, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) reported Thursday. According to the PPIC's Eric McGhee, the new system, in which all candidates compete together and the top two advance regardless of party, boosted voting by independents in California in the 2012 election for downticket races--i.e. offices other than president. May 1, 2014 2:21 PM PT

Federal Prosecutors Investigating Another Illinois Governor

Federal prosecutors are probing yet another Illinois governor, incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, as reports emerged Thursday that the Department of Justice had asked state officials about his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative Program, which has also been probed by state and local investigations. Quinn's predecessor, Rod Blagojevich, is in federal prison; Blagojevich's Republican predecessor, George Ryan, was recently released. May 1, 2014 12:15 PM PT

L.A. Times Endorses Miller to Replace Waxman, Throwing Race into Disarray

The Los Angeles Times editorial board announced its endorsement Thursday in the June 3 primary to succeed veteran Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman in California's 33rd congressional district: radio host Matt Miller. The Times endorsement adds a further twist to a race in which established Democrats are contending with a field of 18 candidates, including energetic campaigns by Republican Elan Carr and independent Marianne Williamson. May 1, 2014 11:58 AM PT


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