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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Gallup: Illinois Residents Have Least Trust in State Gov't; California 6th-Worst

A new Gallup poll reports that only 28 percent of Illinois residents trust their state government, by far the lowest rate of any state in the Union. The next-worst levels of trust are in Maine and Rhode Island, where only 40 percent of residents trust their government. California is sixth-worst, with only 49 percent of residents telling Gallup that they trust their state government--despite Gov. Jerry Brown's high approval ratings. Apr 7, 2014 4:38 AM PT

America's 'Best-Looking' Attorney General Engaged; Obama Hardest Hit

California's Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is "by far the best-looking" attorney general in America, according to President Barack Obama, is now engaged to be married, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The happy news of Harris's engagement comes exactly a year after President Obama praised her appearance--and her skill--at a Democratic Party fundraiser in California. Under criticism, he apologized for the remark. Apr 7, 2014 4:25 AM PT

Silicon Valley Congressional Race: Singh's Strong Poll Prompts Frenzy

What triggered the frenzy appears to be the surprisingly strong showing of Singh in a recent poll by the liberal Public Policy Polling group, which showed the Republican in second place, ahead of well-funded Democrat challenger Ro Khanna, who enjoys the backing of Silicon Valley's tech giants. Apr 6, 2014 3:52 PM PT

SEIU to Place $15 Min. Wage on San Francisco Ballot

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the country's most powerful public sector unions, will file a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15 per hour (from $10.74), which would make it the highest in the U.S. The SEIU wrote the "Minimum Wage Act of 2014," and is working with a group called the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Apr 6, 2014 4:00 AM PT

Blue State Blues: After $200k Earmark, Schakowsky to Star in 'Black Ensemble' Play

In 2010, your correspondent challenged incumbent Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in the 9th district of Illinois. It was an exciting campaign, a real contest between Alinskyite socialism and Tea Party conservatism. I lost by 30 points in the deep-blue district, but the Hon. Mrs. Schakowsky never bothered to accept my concession. She was still irritated that she had been forced to defend the seat at all, having assumed that it was hers for life. Apr 4, 2014 2:15 PM PT

McCutcheon: The Supreme Court's Subtle Rebuke to Obama

One of the more shocking moments of the Obama presidency was the president's attempt to bully the Supreme Court, in full view of the entire nation, during his State of the Union address in 2010. With six of the nine sitting mute in the House chamber, President Obama rebuked them for their holding in the Citizens United case.  Apr 3, 2014 6:13 AM PT

457 Marijuana Shops File Tax Renewals in L.A.

Authorities in Los Angeles report that 457 marijuana dispensaries have filed tax renewals with the city this year. That is more than three times the 135 pot shops legally allowed to operate under 2013's Proposition D ballot initiative, and represents a minority of the 1,100 medical marijuana collectives thought to exist in the city, according to the Los Angeles Times. Many active dispensaries may not have filed to pay their taxes. Apr 3, 2014 5:30 AM PT

SHOCK POLL: Americans Trust IRS, NSA More than Facebook

A new Reason-Rupe poll to be launched Thursday morning indicates that 35% of Americans trust the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with their personal data, while only 10% trust Google and only 5% trust Facebook. In fact, while trust in the IRS is low, the tax collection agency remains more trusted than other choices, even after a scandal in which the IRS targeted conservative nonprofit groups and leaked confidential tax information. Apr 3, 2014 4:49 AM PT

Drudge Report Is 10% of Tesla Web Traffic

The Drudge Report takes up a full ten percent of all web traffic from the built-in web browser in Tesla's Model S electric sedan, according to an analysis by Quantcast, as reported by Techcrunch. Though Tesla drivers are often thought to be liberal, environmental types, the conservative Internet news portal was by far the single most dominant website in 100 million web visits from Tesla drivers studied by the company over a 30-day period. Apr 3, 2014 4:39 AM PT

Bankrupt Detroit Beats L.A. in Job Growth

The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday that a UCLA study showed that "Los Angeles has gone 23 years without job growth," losing 3.1% of the jobs it had in 1990--dead last among U.S. cities, even behind Detroit. Apr 2, 2014 6:27 AM PT

California Democrats, Embarrassed by Scandals, Cancel Lavish Golf Fundraiser

California's Democrat Party has canceled a lavish annual fundraiser "that costs as much as $65,000 per foursome," according to Reuters, after a series of corruption scandals made party leaders skittish about associating so openly with wealthy donors. The party will almost certainly continue to raise the money regardless, but will likely do so through private channels rather than spectacular, highly public events. Apr 2, 2014 6:01 AM PT

Barack Obama Is on the Wrong Side of History

President Barack Obama's self-congratulatory speech in the Rose Garden yesterday, in which he reported that 7.1 million people had signed up for Obamacare during the open enrollment period, repeated a theme he has often used against his critics: that they are on the wrong side of history. "In the end, history is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America’s progress or our people. And that’s what the Affordable Care Act represents," Obama said. Apr 2, 2014 5:47 AM PT

Ryan Budget Asks San Francisco to Pay More for Hetch Hetchy Water

The House Republican budget set to be unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday proposes to balance the federal budget in ten years. Among the many and varied measures proposed by the House Budget Committee chair to save money and raise new revenues: charging the City of San Francisco more for its use of water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Apr 1, 2014 7:40 AM PT

Politico Acknowledges GOP's Civil Rights Role--to Bash Today's GOP

Politico led Tuesday morning with a story by Todd S. Purdam on the late Rep. Bill McCulloch (R-OH), "The Republican Who Saved Civil Rights." The story is not an April Fool's Day joke. It is a rare acknowledgment that Republicans were key to pushing civil rights legislation through Congress, despite the opposition of Southern Democrats and the reluctance of some northeast Democrats. However, as usual, Politico has an agenda. Apr 1, 2014 6:30 AM PT

GM Recall Scandal Goes Straight to the White House

LaHood and the Obama administration attacked Toyota during a period when GM, now being run with direct input from the White House, had lost its #1 ranking in global auto sales. That was considered an urgent priority. So while the government was ignoring real and deadly safety problems at GM, it was trying to scare consumers about nonexistent problems at Toyota. The White House owes victims' families, and the public, an explanation. Apr 1, 2014 5:11 AM PT

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