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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McClintock on CA Drought: 'We Are Being Governed by People Who Are Out of Their Minds'

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) warns that California’s water crisis will continue until there are major changes in state government, and until Republicans win the U.S. Senate. “We are being governed by people who are out of their minds,” McClintock said, referring to the inability of state and federal authorities to manage California’s water supply. Mar 7, 2014 3:58 PM PT

HuffPo Slams CPAC over Exclusion of Gays, 25 Minutes Too Early

Having just published a column in which I called the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference "the gayest CPAC ever," I was surprised to read a piece by Amanda Terkel at the Huffington Post claiming that gay rights were "missing" at CPAC. Terkel claims that gay issues weren't mentioned at all at the conference: Mar 7, 2014 3:36 PM PT

Crimea and the Limits of Gestural Foreign Policy

By the end of the week, the Obama administration had begun to do what it had declined, at first, to do after Russia made its “uncontested arrival” in the Crimea. It had provided loan guarantees to Ukraine, and promises of further aid. It had sent Secretary of State John Kerry to stand in solidarity in Maidan Square. And it sailed the USS Truxtun into the Black Sea. Mar 7, 2014 3:16 PM PT

Blue State Blues: The Gayest CPAC Ever

It’s that time of year again: the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. Every year there are squabbles over who is invited and who is not, which politicians are cheered and which are jeered, and which Republican presidential prospect will finish second in the straw poll to a member of the Paul family. Mar 7, 2014 1:38 PM PT

'Vlad the Great': Putin's Approval Rating Soars in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin may have to endure the stern disapproval of U.S. President Barack Obama, and the occasional insult from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as a result of his invasion of Ukraine. But at home, his approval ratings have soared to nearly 70 percent, up from just above 60 percent in December. Over 70 percent of Russians support Putin's tactics in the Crimea; fewer than one in five oppose his policy. Mar 7, 2014 6:51 AM PT

Why Are Conservative Media Ignoring Venezuela?

At the "Uninvited" event alongside the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel about the ongoing crisis inUkraine. I pointed out that if CPAC had ignored Ukraine to some extent, even the "Uninvited" had largely missed Venezuela. In fact, conservative new media--aside from my colleagues John Sexton and Frances Martel have all but ignored the protests in Venezuela. Mar 7, 2014 4:51 AM PT

A Second Palestinian Civil War?

Avi Issacharoff of the Times of Israel makes a very interesting observation about the Israeli navy's seizure of an Iranian shipment of Syrian M-302 missiles destined for Gaza. The missiles, he writes, were almost certainly intended for a Palestinian terror group--not Hamas, which rules Gaza, but for Palestinian Islamic Jihad: Mar 6, 2014 1:54 PM PT

Rep. Brooks Warns 'Uninvited' of Fiscal Risk to National Security

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) spoke to 'The Uninvited II," the side conference staged by Breitbart News and EMPact America at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, warning of the dire state of U.S. government finances. We are on a "path to debilitating insolvency," he said, noting that Adm. Mike Mullen, then-Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the national debt was the "biggest through to our national security." Mar 6, 2014 12:48 PM PT

Jonah Goldberg's Prediction on Crimea Comes True

A few days ago, Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online pointed out on Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier that the language President Barack Obama was using on the Ukraine was setting him up for failure. Specifically, Obama's insistence that the future of the Ukraine "must be determined by the Ukrainian people" could equally be used to justify a referendum in the Crimea to let the heavily-Russian province decide its fate. Mar 6, 2014 10:25 AM PT

Breaking: Obama Rejects Crimea Referendum

President Barack Obama rejected a proposed Mar. 16 referendum on the future of the Crimea, which was approved 78-0 earlier Thursday by the Crimean parliament. "The proposed referendum on the future of the Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and international law," Obama said at the White House. Mar 6, 2014 10:14 AM PT

George Will to CPAC: Democrats in 2016!

Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor George Will touted the benefits of divided government in his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday. Mar 6, 2014 8:06 AM PT

George Will to CPAC: Democrats in 2016!

Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor George Will touted the benefits of divided government in his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday.  Mar 6, 2014 7:47 AM PT

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