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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AIPAC Confronting Debbie Wasserman-Schultz--Finally

John Hudson of Foreign Policy pours scorn (Update: see below) on the American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC) for raising questions about Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's opposition to new sanctions on Iran (to take effect if and when the interim nuclear deal fails). How is it possible, Hudson wonders, that a Jewish Democrat who prides herself on her pro-Israel record is now being targeted by AIPAC? The implication, reinforced by choice quotes from former AIPAC lobbyist is that AIPAC is becoming a more partisan, i.e. Republican, outfit.  Jan 24, 2014 8:09 AM PT

Krugman's Nobel Follies: Unions and Unemployment

It is not unheard of for Nobel Prize winners to do things that call their early achievements into question. It's easy to name examples among the Peace Prize laureates--who are but politicians, after all--but the intellectual winners do it, too. Chemist Linus Pauling won in 1954 for his research on chemical bonds, for instance, but later indulged medical quackery about the miraculous healing powers of Vitamin C. That, at least, was in a different scientific field: economist Paul Krugman enjoys the dubious distinction of quackery in his own area of expertise. Jan 24, 2014 7:47 AM PT

The Payoff of Pro-Israel Policies

Caroline Glick has a masterful analysis this week of Stephen Harper's visit to Israel. The Canadian Prime Minister thrilled his hosts (well, most of them) with a pro-Israel tour de force at the Knesset, then wowed them with his musical exertions. For Israelis, it was a welcome reminder that not everyone in the civilized world treats them the way U.S. President Barack Obama does: useful for a photo-op, but often for a punching bag. Jan 24, 2014 5:27 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Jerry Brown Would Crush Hillary Clinton

Brown has balanced the budget. That gives him something no other leading Democrat has: an achievement. That distinguishes him from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others. She is busy lining up the Obama money machine for her inevitable 2016 run. But she has no accomplishments to her name--not one. And in Benghazi, she has a very, very serious failure. The administration calls it a "phony scandal," and Clinton herself famously asked a year ago: "What difference, at this point, does it make?" The answer is: the presidency. Jan 24, 2014 5:02 AM PT

Meet George Tsunis, Obama's Bungling Bundler-Turned-Ambassador

George Tsunis, a businessman and lawyer from Long Island, NY, donated $50,000 to John McCain's campaign for president in 2008. In 2012, he switched sides, and bundled nearly $1 million in donations for the Obama campaign. So, naturally, like other bundlers with no foreign policy experience, he was near the top of the list for a plum ambassadorial post. Unfortunately, the Senate still has retained the formality of confirmation hearings. Jan 23, 2014 10:53 AM PT

The Obama Administration's Delusional Iran Deal

After Iran's foreign minister declared to CNN yesterday that under the interim nuclear deal, "we did not agree to dismantle anything," an Obama administration official told CNN's Jake Tapper: "We expected the Iranians would need to spin this for domestic political purposes and are not surprised they are doing just that." Jan 23, 2014 10:02 AM PT

Left-Wing Radicals Target Google Employees at Their Homes

As radical demonstrators continue to target Google's private buses in the San Francisco area, accusing the company and other tech giants of "gentrification," some far-left activists have gone a step further: targeting Google employees at their homes. A group calling itself Counterforce gathered outside the home of Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, protesting against him as he carried his young child out of the family home. Jan 23, 2014 9:49 AM PT

Report: Obama Blames Israel for Jewish Criticism

Citing an unnamed Obama administration official, Israel Radio reported Thursday that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry blame the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for encouraging American Jews to criticize the White House for its foreign policy, particularly regarding Israel. Jan 23, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Jerry Brown's California: A State in Denial

California Gov. Jerry Brown used yesterday's "State of the State" address to congratulate himself on his state's recovery: "A million new jobs since 2010, a budgetary surplus in the billions and a minimum wage rising to $10 an hour!" Yet he ignored the state's obvious, lingering problems: high unemployment, a massive debt driven by pension obligations, and problems plaguing his pet project, the state's hyper-expensive high-speed rail line. Jan 23, 2014 5:35 AM PT

Iranian Foreign Minister Tells CNN: 'We Did Not Agree to Dismantle Anything'

Contrary to the claims of the White House--which, as the Weekly Standard notes, refuses to release the text of the nuclear deal with Iran--the Iranian regime has not agreed to dismantle any part of its nuclear program, according to Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. "We did not agree to dismantle anything," he told CNN Wednesday. Jan 22, 2014 3:07 PM PT

Class Warfare in San Francisco Hits 'Google Buses'

Google and Facebook may be the brands most associated with America's "progressive" high-tech elite, but in the left-wing mecca of San Francisco they have become the prime targets of populist outrage. The so-called "Google buses," which transport tech workers from apartments in San Francisco to corporate campuses in Silicon Valley, have been hit by Occupy-style protests in recent days--and now, by new municipal fees. Jan 22, 2014 2:52 PM PT

Scott Walker to Propose Nearly $1B in Tax Cuts in Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker will propose $800 million in tax cuts Wednesday evening, representing most of the state's $912 million revenue surplus. Half of the cuts will be achieved through property tax reductions, and the other half will consist of lower payroll taxes, as well as lower income tax rates for the lowest state bracket. Jan 22, 2014 2:24 PM PT

We Told You So: McDonnell, Christie Dumped Tea Party Long Ago

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell were the first victors in the Tea Party wave, riding fresh conservative enthusiasm--and outrage over Obamacare--to victory in November 2009. The left, predictably, is trying to link Christie's bullying scandal and McDonnell's corruption indictment to that Tea Party support. The truth, however, is that they dumped their Tea Party principles and supporters long ago. Jan 22, 2014 7:54 AM PT

McDonnell Defense Will Follow John Edwards Model

Former Virginia governor and Republican presidential hopeful Bob McDonnell tried to argue, in response to a fourteen-count federal felony indictment Tuesday, that he had done no worse than President Barack Obama in helping his donors. Yet McDonnell's real model is not Obama, but another leading Democrat: namely, former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, who ran against Obama in 2008 and beat federal charges in 2012. Jan 22, 2014 7:32 AM PT

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