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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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

'Shrimp Boy' Lawyer Says FBI Entrapped, 'Wined and Dined' Chow

The attorney representing alleged Chinatown gang boss Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow says that the FBI entrapped his client, and "wined and dined" him using "millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases," the Associated Press reports. Chow was indicted in March, together with State Sen. Leland Yee and several others, in a complex prosecution involving allegations that included bribery and gun-running. Apr 20, 2014 7:31 AM PT

Jerry Brown Pardons Marijuana Convicts

More than two-thirds of the 63 pardons issued by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday were for drug-related crimes, including "selling, transporting or manufacturing" marijuana, the Sacramento Bee reports. Apr 20, 2014 6:47 AM PT

California Braces for Intense Wildfire Season

On the heels of one of the worst droughts the state has ever experienced, California is bracing for another big challenge as summer approaches: wildfires. Thus far in 2014, the Wall Street Journal reports, fires have been breaking out in California at twice the normal rate, and firefighters are already on 24-hour rotations. Apr 20, 2014 6:11 AM PT

4/20 Day: Marijuana on California's Other Religious Holiday

For many observing 4/20 Day, this Easter Sunday is just another day to enjoy getting high in the sunshine with friends. The day also coincides with the final, sacred two days of the Jewish holiday of Passover, starting at sundown. Jewish law discourages marijuana use, but unlike the Sabbath, when fire may not be used, smoking is tolerated on weekday festivals. Undoubtedly, some of the faithful will be "passing over" more than the matzah. Apr 20, 2014 5:31 AM PT

Blue State Blues: We've Betrayed Prague--Again

The president who told Prague in 2009, "There is violence and injustice in our world that must be confronted," now begs Russia for a diplomatic "solution." The people of Prague have seen it before: in the betrayal by Britain in 1938, in the hand-wringing of the U.S. in 1968. But Neville Chamberlain and Lyndon Johnson had not stood in Prague and promised to defend the freedom and independence of "small countries." Apr 18, 2014 6:28 PM PT

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