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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Aborted Babies Could Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Fight Climate Change

One possibly redeeming (or exacerbating) feature of the shocking story that aborted fetuses have been burned at an Oregon facility that converts biomedical waste into municipal energy is that the babies may have helped combat climate change. According to the website of Covanta, the energy company that operates the Oregon facility, the energy-from-waste (EfW) process "offsets greenhouse gases to combat climate change." Apr 24, 2014 10:58 AM PT

Why SF Dominates LA in California Voting

Why do so many statewide politicians come from Northern California, when there are more people in Southern California? The answer is simple, writes Anthony York of Capitol Weekly: Democrats from the Bay Area vote. Apr 24, 2014 5:30 AM PT

Elizabeth Warren, Neel Kashkari Clash over Wall Street Bailouts

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has fashioned herself as the next hope of the liberal grassroots, argues in her new memoir, A Fighting Chance, that California gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari lied to her during his tenure at the U.S. Treasury, where he helped run the Wall Street bailout program known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Kashkari's campaign fired back with furious denials, the Los Angeles Times reports. Apr 24, 2014 5:19 AM PT

The Candidates Agree: Debra Bowen Isn't Doing Her Job

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen was the common target of four candidates for her office in the 2014 elections as they debated Wednesday at the Sacramento Press Club, the Sacramento Bee reports. Bowen pushed back, the Bee notes, in an email from her spokeswoman: "We understand that it’s part of politics to run against the incumbent even though there is no incumbent in the race,” she said on behalf of the term-limited Bowen. Apr 24, 2014 4:54 AM PT

California Just Lost Its Right to Mock Kansas

The Contra Costa Times reports that the California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a decision "that found using a wooden spoon for a spanking that seriously bruises a child is not necessarily child abuse." Only one judge voted to hear the case, in which a woman had been reported to the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services for inadvertently bruising her child. Apr 24, 2014 4:39 AM PT

Cooley Drops Calderon Endorsement After Breitbart Report

California State Assemblyman has apparently pulled his list of endorsements off his campaign website, after a Breitbart News article by Kurt Bardella earlier this week highlighted Cooley's continued use of an endorsement by State Sen. Ron Calderon. Calderon, for whom Cooley once worked as Legislative Director, was recently indicted on federal bribery charges regarding legislation involving the film industry and workers' compensation. Apr 23, 2014 2:44 PM PT

Saunders: Solve SF Housing Crisis with 'Google Barges'

Conservative San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders could not get much of an answer from Mayor Ed Lee when she asked him about the city's housing shortage, though he introduced a seven-point plan in January. She does, however, have something of a solution of her own: house people on "Google barges," such as the mysterious floating structure that the company built last fall in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Apr 23, 2014 2:34 PM PT

Yee Remains on Secretary of State Ballot--in First Position

Despite quitting the race for California Secretary of State, indicted State Sen. Leland Yee (D) will remain on the June 3 primary ballot--in the top position--because the state does not permit withdrawals. That, plus the strong poll numbers shown by Republican candidate Pete Peterson, has prompted Democrats to scramble to support State Sen. Alex Padilla, who recently snagged the endorsement of veteran U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Apr 23, 2014 9:59 AM PT

Azusa Pacific 'Disinvites' Charles Murray; Murray Blasts 'Nerdy Old Guys'

Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian university near Los Angeles, has disinvited American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray from a forthcoming appearance, saying that it needed more time to ascertain whether, according to Murray, his visit would involve "hurting our faculty and students of color." Apr 23, 2014 9:47 AM PT

Obama's Aunt Zeituni Was Key to His Kenya Memoir

President Barack Obama has skipped the funeral of his aunt, Zeituni Onyango, to play golf--even though the 61-year-old was critical to his trip to Kenya as a young man, and featured prominently in the first of his two memoirs, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. "Aunt Zeituni," as he called her, had guided Obama around his father's ancestral homeland and introduced him to many of his long-lost relatives. Apr 23, 2014 5:37 AM PT

California County Demands Photo ID to See New Voting Machines

California is one of many states that do not require photo identification for voters at polling places. The state government believes, as do many Democrats and the Obama administration, that requiring photo ID for voting is a subtle form of racist voter suppression, akin to the old Jim Crow laws of the pre-civil-rights-era South. Apr 23, 2014 4:48 AM PT

Exclusive: Democrats Could Fail to Survive Primary in Waxman's District

Under California's relatively new primary system, all candidates compete in a common primary, with only the top two finishers proceeding to the general election. In the recent past, that has allowed Republican candidates and independents to split the Democratic vote in an otherwise heavily Democratic area. It is possible, with Carr and Williamson making the most of their early advantages, that no Democrats would survive the primary in Waxman's 33rd congressional district. Apr 23, 2014 4:44 AM PT

California County Demands Photo ID to See New Voting Machines

California is one of many states that do not require photo identification for voters at polling places. The state government believes, as do many Democrats and the Obama administration, that requiring photo ID for voting is a subtle form of racist voter suppression, akin to the old Jim Crow laws of the pre-civil-rights-era South. Apr 22, 2014 11:17 PM PT

Prolific Scholar/Wikipedia Editor Dies After Joshua Tree Climbing Fall

The New York Times reports that Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz, a prolific Wikipedia editor and scholar of 18th-century British literature, died tragically earlier this month after injuries sustained in a rock climbing accident in California's Joshua Tree National Park. Apr 20, 2014 1:13 PM PT

Israeli Sues Obama Administration for Discrimination

An Israeli man is suing the Obama administration after Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx denied his complaint against Kuwait Airways for refusing to allow him to purchase a New York-London air ticket. The suit, filed Mar. 31 at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, alleges that the "Secretary has officially endorsed Kuwait Airway’s policy boycotting Israeli nationals" and violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Apr 20, 2014 12:35 PM PT

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