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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Texas Gov. Perry: 'We Need California to Be the Golden Bear Again'

BEVERLY HILLS -- Rick Perry makes "no apologies," he says, for his efforts to recruit California businesses to his state. He is proud that Texas has surpassed California as the top exporter of technology, and proud of the low-tax, low-regulation model that sets his state apart. Yet he is not rooting for California to fail--far from it. "We need California to be the Golden Bear again," he told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Sunday. Jun 8, 2014 5:58 PM PT

Fukuyama Gets It Wrong on American 'Vetocracy'

There is nothing inherently wrong with a system that translates the general public desire for restrained government into inaction in Washington, D.C. It is faith in individuals, not faith in government, that we lack as we confront the emergence of new-old rivals. Jun 8, 2014 9:21 AM PT

The Trouble with 'Reform Conservatives'

The new buzz in the Beltway is the emergence--or, rather, return--of the "reform conservatives." Politico's David Nather reports that these "policy wonks" share a desire to "move the GOP beyond its Reagan-era script of cutting taxes and shrinking government and toward a focus on what a more limited government can and should do, especially for the middle class," and are aiming to shape the 2016 presidential race with their ideas. Jun 8, 2014 6:25 AM PT

Koch Brothers Give $25 Million to United Negro College Fund

In a move that is sure to confound--and enrage--the left, the Koch brothers have donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the foremost source of financial support to African-American students. Jun 6, 2014 8:16 AM PT

Blue State Blues: How Does Elan Carr Solve Ted Lieu?

Republican Elan Carr did the unthinkable this week: he won the primary in California's 33rd congressional district, winning nearly 22% of the vote and defeating 17 rivals in a district that elected Democrat Henry Waxman for 40 years. Now Carr will have to do it all again: he faces the best possible Democrat--i.e. the worst possible opponent--in State Sen. Ted Lieu, who finished second with 19% and is favored to win the general. Jun 6, 2014 5:36 AM PT

Feinstein Slams 'Unilateral' Obama for Bergdahl Deal

Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, offered sharp criticism of the Obama administration Tuesday, saying that it was "very disappointing" that the White House had not consulted with Congress 30 days prior to trading five Taliban leaders for alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl, as required by law. Jun 3, 2014 3:49 PM PT

California Primary: Welcome to the 'Jungle'

California's 2014 primary has been notable for low levels of public interest--and high levels of outside funding. The state's relatively new "jungle" primary system (also known as a "blanket" or "top-two" primary) means that all candidates, from all parties, and for all offices, compete for every single vote. The major parties have not yet adjusted to the new rules. Yet they could lead to some interesting results heading into the November runoff. Jun 3, 2014 1:10 AM PT

CA-33: Republican Elan Carr Launches Jobs Message on Eve of Primary

Give Republican Elan Carr credit. Not only has he fought for--and won--near-universal acknowledgment as a frontrunner in Henry Waxman's district, but the Army veteran and county prosecutor is already preparing for the general election. That's the takeaway from a statement the Carr campaign issued on the eve of the June 3 primary election, focusing on ways to stop the steady flight of jobs from Southern California to other states. Jun 2, 2014 8:24 PM PT

Waxman Race: Anti-Cellphone Candidate Robo-calls Cell Phones

Republican Kevin Mottus is one of eighteen candidates, and three Republicans, listed on the ballot for the June 3 primary to replace retiring Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman in California's 33rd congressional district. Mottus's focus throughout the campaign has been on the dangers, he says, of cell phone signals and wireless radiation. He wants Congress to mandate "wired headsets" for cell phones "to prevent brain tumors," for example. Jun 2, 2014 11:13 AM PT

Candidates for Waxman's Seat, in 100 Characters

Early in the primary race, Breitbart California issued a challenge to each of the 18 contenders for the 33rd congressional district seat currently held by retiring Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman: summarize your candidacy in 100 tweetable characters or less. The experiment was largely a failure, but a few candidates actually responded. Here are the responses, linked to the candidates' Twitter accounts (if they have them). Jun 2, 2014 10:55 AM PT

LA Weekly Cover: Republican as Klansman

L.A. Weekly, the ubiquitous guide to popular culture and urban style in Los Angeles, features a Republican wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit as part of the illustration to its cover story this week on the GOP's candidates for governor in the June 3 primary. The cover art depicts an elephant in a tug-of war between a portly, cigar-smoking team on one side, and a crew of conservative caricatures on the other, including the KKK figure. Jun 2, 2014 4:46 AM PT

Decomposed Body Found in L.A. Shopping Mall

A decomposing body was found in a parked car at a Los Angeles shopping mall after "several days," according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the local CBS News affiliate. Jun 1, 2014 5:28 PM PT

Bipartisan Consensus Emerging for New Dams?

A Sunday feature in the Sacramento Bee suggests--indirectly--that a bipartisan consensus may be emerging in the California State Assembly on the need for additional dams to increase the state's water storage and fight future droughts. Currently, California is suffering one of the worst droughts in its history--though hundreds of thousands of acre-feet are being released from reservoirs to boost stream flows and protect fish populations. Jun 1, 2014 5:06 PM PT

Poll: Kashkari Catches Donnelly, Brown Ahead

A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released on Sunday morning shows that Republican moderate Neel Kashkari has finally caught up to his GOP rival, Tim Donnelly, though incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown remains far ahead of both. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes in the primary election. Jun 1, 2014 6:25 AM PT


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