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: 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

Fly to Tijuana, Walk to San Diego

The Associated Press reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has approved plans for "the nation's first cross-border airport terminal." The terminal, run by Otay Tijuana Venture, would include a pedestrian bridge connecting Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California. The company would pay border enforcement costs. Apr 18, 2014 3:42 PM PT

Two Dems Accuse Party Leaders in CA-33 of Changing Rules to Favor Wealthy Insiders

Two Democratic Party candidates in the primary race for California's 33rd congressional district in West Los Angeles have accused local party officials of using an arbitrary fundraising minimum to favor established insiders--then raising that minimum at the last moment to exclude them from a recent candidates' forum. Apr 18, 2014 3:11 PM PT

Pete Peterson: A Conservative Idealist, Winning in California

Amidst the general gloom about Republican electoral fortunes in California, past and present, came some good news last week: Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University, is leading the race for Secretary of State by double digits. Apr 17, 2014 3:29 PM PT

Huffington Post Slams 'Corporate Democrats'

Gary Cohn, writing at the Huffington Post (and Capital & Main), takes on the "Corporate Democrats" of California--those Democrats who support moderate policies despite the overwhelming power their party enjoys in the state legislature. He advances two theories for their behavior: one, that the "jungle primary" system makes Democrats blunt their views to compete with Republicans: and two, they are paid by corporate interests. Apr 17, 2014 10:46 AM PT

California's Schizophrenic Electorate Presents a Political Puzzle

California has become one of the most reliably "blue" states in the Union (the Democrats having convinced the rest of us, somehow, to assign to Republicans the "red" that used to mark both Democrats' electoral victories on the map and their ideology). It now seems almost impossible for Republicans to win statewide elections, after California voters have rejected a slew of highly qualified men (and especially women) in recent years. Apr 17, 2014 8:18 AM PT

Shock Poll: California Voters Prefer Low Taxes, Smaller Government

A new Field Poll yields a surprising result: by 54% to 35%, California voters "say they prefer lower taxes and fewer government services to higher taxes and more government services." In addition, an astonishing 73% of California voters believe government spending should be reduced (34%) or maintained (39%) at current levels. Apr 17, 2014 6:23 AM PT

Recycling 'Toilet Water' Gains Appeal for Drought-Stricken California

Californians may be rethinking widespread opposition to using recycled water for drinking, reports Brian Resnick of National Journal. In the past, the option of using treated wastewater to augment the state's drinking supply has been rejected by voters. But in the midst of one of the worst drought California has ever experienced, Orange County is considering the option, and Gov. Jerry Brown has included it among the state's responses. Apr 17, 2014 5:52 AM PT

California's Royce to Lead Delegation to Ukraine

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is leading a congressional delegation to Ukraine during the two-week April House recess, the Orange County Register reports. Apr 14, 2014 12:53 PM PT

Crane: 'Jerry Brown Hoodwinks Reporters'

David Crane, a lecturer at Stanford University's Institute for Economic Policy Research, admits that he donated to Gov. Jerry Brown and voted for him in 2010. And yet, says Crane, Brown is guilty of many of the same tricks that earlier California governors pulled to make their budgets seem rosier than they actually are. In fact, Crane says in an op-ed at Bloomberg News, Brown has succeeded, like his predecessors, in "hoodwinking" reporters. Apr 14, 2014 12:24 PM PT

Attacks on Kansas Jewish Community: This is What Hatred Looks Like

Since the 2010 midterm election, we've seen many Democrats and the mainstream media attempt to label mass shootings by deranged people as political "hate crimes" by conservatives and the Tea Party. The enthusiasm for such prejudice has declined somewhat recently, but it lingers in the background whenever such events occur. Apr 14, 2014 10:08 AM PT


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