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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Blue State Blues: Don't Ban Killer Whales--Ban Job-Killing Politicians

There are two problems here. One is a twisted leftist notion of nature. The other is the ideological rigidity of Democrats like Richard Bloom, whose shortsightedness and appetite for control are magnified by the knowledge that they face little Republican opposition. They fashion themselves as majordomos of the nanny state, rather than representatives of the public interest. Apr 11, 2014 11:03 AM PT

Eric Holder to Defend Soledad Cross

The federal Department of Justice took the surprising decision of siding with advocates of the Mount Soledad cross, arguing that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals should hear the case en banc, in front of a full 11-judge panel. A three-judge panel declared the cross unconstitutional in 2011, since it was erected on federal land and amounts to an endorsement of religion. A district court judge ordered the cross removed in December 2013. Apr 11, 2014 7:51 AM PT

Poll: After Yee Arrest, Republican Favored to Win Secretary of State

A new Field Poll released Friday morning reveals that Republican Pete Peterson leads the field of primary candidates in the race for Secretary of State--the same office that State Sen. Leland Yee had sought prior to his arrest on corruption and gun-running charges last month. The Santa Monica-based Peterson enjoys the support of 30% of likely voters, ahead of Democrat State Sen. Alex Padilla, who is polling well behind at a mere 17%. Apr 11, 2014 7:06 AM PT

Garcetti Promises No Rate Hikes, Lower Business Taxes

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first "State of the City" address Thursday evening, promising to bar any rate increases for water and power, and to begin phasing out the city's business (or gross receipts) tax. Apr 11, 2014 5:54 AM PT

Democrat Shriver Cancels 'Rolls-Royce' Campaign Event

Democrat Bobby Shriver--nephew of John F. Kennedy, brother to Maria Shriver, and (for now) still brother-in-law to Arnold Schwarzenegger--has canceled an "exclusive" campaign evening at a Rolls-Royce dealership in Beverly Hills, blaming a lower-level staffer for scheduling the event, according to the Los Angeles Times. Apr 11, 2014 5:41 AM PT

El Niño Likely, Could Drench California Next Winter

Drought-stricken California could face torrential rains next winter, according to federal meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center in Maryland, who have forecast a 2-in-3 chance of an El Niño event this year, the Contra Costa Times reports. El Niño occurs when the waters of the equatorial Pacific heat up, altering weather patterns throughout much of the region and beyond. Apr 11, 2014 5:23 AM PT

Stimulus-Funded Solar Project is a Giant Bird Barbecue

In February, Secretary of Energy dedicated the Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System in southeastern California, calling it a "shining example of how America is becoming a world leader in solar energy" [no pun intended, apparently]. Apr 10, 2014 11:57 AM PT

Multiple Reports: Pollard to Be Freed

Several news sources in the Middle East are reporting that the U.S. is set to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for Israel releasing a final batch of convicted Palestinian terrorists, while freezing settlement construction. Pollard has been in prison for nearly three decades, serving a life sentence. He is eligible for parole next year. Apr 10, 2014 11:28 AM PT

Poll: Voters Turn Against California Legislature After Yee's Arrest

A new Field Poll released Thursday reports that California voters now have a negative view of the state legislature, with 46% of registered voters now saying they disapprove, and only 43% saying they approve of its performance--a nine-point negative swing in a few weeks. The shift was caused, according to the poll, by news in late March of the indictment of State Sen. Leland Yee on a spectacular set of charges including gun-running. Apr 10, 2014 6:45 AM PT

The End is Nigh. Will Los Angeles Repent?

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission released its final report, A Time for Action, the result of an effort that began under former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The report--which bluntly identifies the city's "job crisis," "chronic budget shortfalls," poverty, traffic, and poor schools--includes a list of recommendations for turning the city around, focusing on "accountability and transparency; fiscal stability; and job creation." Apr 10, 2014 6:32 AM PT

L.A. Times Blames Breitbart California for Republican Woes

The Los Angeles Times has blamed Breitbart California, which launched Sunday evening, for what it predicts will be a Republican "slide" among women and Latino voters. The Times cited a satirical poster by street artist Sabo, depicting U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as Miley Cyrus. The Times also blamed GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, an Assemblyman who has taken a hard line against illegal immigration. Apr 10, 2014 5:44 AM PT

Brandeis Student Blasts University 'Hypocrisy' on Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Daniel Mael, a junior at Brandeis University, blasted the administration's decision to withdraw an honorary doctorate from feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali due to her past criticisms of Islam. "I am appalled by the hypocrisy of the University administration and their inability to distinguish between her view on Islam and her efforts in this world highlights the narrow view and shallow commitment to 'justice' at Brandeis," he told Breitbart News. Apr 9, 2014 6:40 AM PT

Defendant in Yee Case Claims Anti-Chinese Racism

A lawyer for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, the alleged Chinatown gang boss involved in the federal case that snagged State Sen. Leland Yee, claims that his client is a victim of "unadulterated racism" by the government. Apr 9, 2014 6:13 AM PT

Poll: Brown Leads Gov Race, Donnelly Second

A new poll shows incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown far ahead of any rivals in the gubernatorial election, enjoying the support of 57% of likely voters, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Second place, with 17%, is Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican who enjoys Tea Party support. Apr 9, 2014 5:36 AM PT

Pew: California 49th out of 50 States in Election Administration

Though the administration of elections is improving in most states, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trust's State and Consumer Initiatives, California still ranks near the bottom, at 49th out of 50 states, ahead of Mississippi. North Dakota topped the list, which compared performance in 2012 with that of 2008 according to a variety of measures, such as access to online registration and performing post-election audits of the vote. Apr 9, 2014 5:14 AM PT


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