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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Murrieta Town Hall Vents Anger at Feds Over Alien Transfers

A town hall in Murrieta, CA on Wednesday evening erupted into anger at the federal government over its failure to enforce immigration laws, as counter-demonstrators outside showed support for the illegal aliens--many of them women and children--being transported to the community from Border Patrol facilities in Texas. Local KCAL9 News reported that 750 residents gathered inside the local high school, and hundreds were turned away. Jul 3, 2014 6:04 AM PT

NBC News: Murrieta Protesters Filled with 'Hatred'

NBC News' Miguel Almaguer reported Wednesday evening that the protests in Murrieta, CA that turned back three Border Patrol buses filled with illegal aliens who were being transferred from Texas were filled with "hatred," at least in the eyes of some observers. Jul 3, 2014 5:53 AM PT

SF Chronicle Blames Breitbart for Drawing Media's Attention to Border Crisis

The San Francisco Chronicle has blamed Breitbart News for drawing the national media's attention to the crisis of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the southern border by the tens of thousands. In an op-ed published by the Chronicle Wednesday calling for "a more humane immigration policy," David Bacon blamed Breitbart's exposé for creating the impression that children were being sent to the U.S. in anticipation of being allowed to stay. Jul 2, 2014 10:38 AM PT

Kidnapping Ends Palestinian Statehood Bid

The kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenagers Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach has put an end to Palestinian statehood as a viable diplomatic option in the foreseeable future, regardless of the insistence by the Obama administration that negotiations will continue. The attack highlighted both the brutality and the basic incompetence of the Palestinian Authority to police itself or to control its new Hamas governing partner. Jul 2, 2014 7:31 AM PT

Fraudsters Scam Blind Charity with Counterfeit Money at 4th of July Benefit

A Stockton, CA charity booth selling Fourth of July fireworks to benefit the blind was targeted by fraudsters who passed it hundreds of dollars in counterfeit bills on Sunday. They handed the workers fake $100 and $50 bills and pocketed the real change they received, depriving The Community Center For The Blind of money that was intended for eye treatments as part of an annual fundraiser. Volunteers only noticed the scam at day's end. Jul 2, 2014 6:30 AM PT

Protestors Block Road, Turn Away Buses of Illegal Aliens in Murrieta

Demonstrators in Murrieta, CA have confronted and turned away three busloads of about 100 illegal aliens, many of whom are woman and unaccompanied minors rounded up by U.S. Border Patrol in Texas and flown to California, according to KPBS, wire services and Breitbart News sources. Jul 1, 2014 10:25 PM PT

Israel Defies Obama over Iraq Unity, Kurdish Independence

Though the far-left has long believed that Israel pushed the U.S. into war in Iraq, the fact is that Israel has kept a safe (albeit supportive) distance from American policy there--until now. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly endorsed Kurdish independence in a speech in Tel Aviv on Sunday--even as Secretary of State John Kerry urged Kurds not to break away in a visit to the autonomous Kurish region of northeast Iraq. Jul 1, 2014 7:03 AM PT

California Cases Rejected by Supreme Court

In addition to handing down landmark decisions on religious freedom and public sector unions, the Supreme Court announced cases that it will not be hearing. Only a small percentage of appeals to the Supreme Court are ever taken up, and this term there are many high-profile California appeals that failed to make the final cut. Jul 1, 2014 6:39 AM PT

Planned Parenthood: Don't Worry, California Safe from Hobby Lobby Case

Planned Parenthood, the women's reproductive heath organization that also provides abortions, has reassured Californians that the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling Monday in the Hobby Lobby case does not apply to the Golden State. Beth Parker, chief counsel for the organization, told Capitol Public Radio on Monday that the Hobby Lobby case does not overrule a 1999 California law, the California Women's Contraceptive Equity Act. Jul 1, 2014 6:08 AM PT

Rabbis Flood Brooklyn to Mourn 'Lubavitcher Rebbe'--20 Years After

Thousands of rabbis and well-wishers flooded Brooklyn Monday and Tuesday to observe the 20th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, leader of the Lubaivch Chabad movement of Hasidic Jews, which is ubiquitous on college campuses and far-flung remote Jewish communities worldwide. To many, the death felt fresh. "It's not just a one-time thing. We're re-experiencing it, re-living it today," one man told reporters. Jul 1, 2014 5:54 AM PT

Sandra Fluke on Hobby Lobby: 'A Woman's Boss Should Not Have a Say'

Sandra Fluke, whose campaign for free contraception elevated her to national prominence while she was still a law student at Georgetown University, denounced to the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case: "A woman’s boss should not have a say in her health care decisions," Fluke stated on Twitter. Jun 30, 2014 11:20 AM PT

Dem Rep Blames 'MEN' for Hobby Lobby Decision

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections, has blamed "MEN" (original caps) for the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Monday. The majority held that the federal government violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act when it required owners of a closely-held corporation to provide insurance coverage for abortifacient contraceptives against their faith. Jun 30, 2014 10:55 AM PT

Awkward Family Photos: You Belong in a Museum

The California Heritage Musuem, located in Santa Monica, features several rooms of artifacts from the state's early days, as well as new work from local artists. And now, it also houses an exhibit devoted to an Internet meme: Awkward Family Photos. The material for the exhibit is drawn directly from the blog of the same name, which creates the curious experience of walking through a presentation that visitors could easily see online. Jun 30, 2014 8:25 AM PT

Homeless People Shower on New Bus in San Francisco

In May, San Francisco introduced the "Hook-up Truck," providing intimate space for couples on the go. Now, the city is welcoming the "Lava Mae," a public shower on a bus, aimed at the city's large homeless population. Jun 30, 2014 6:41 AM PT

After 20 Years, the 'Rebbe' Still Casts a Long, Warm Shadow

July 1 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Schneerson was a uniquely charismatic and visionary leader, who pushed back against the postwar trends of secularism and disenchantment and presented religious Judaism as a positive force. In so doing, he inspired hundreds of thousands of Jews to embrace their faith and revived Judaism in post-Communist Eastern Europe. Jun 29, 2014 2:37 PM PT

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