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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Rent Control Buyout Group Advertises at High School Football Game

SANTA MONICA -- A controversial company that pays tenants of rent-controlled apartments to move out so that landlords can raise rents is in local headlines after it paid students to hold an advertising banner during a recent high school football game. The ad for Lease Buyout Now, a company started in San Francisco in 2011, was canceled by Santa Monica school officials amidst the controversy, the Santa Monica Daily Press reports. Oct 3, 2014 5:34 AM PT

Blue State Blues: My Zionist School Is Now a Muslim Academy

On Monday, I had the opportunity to visit the Muslim Community Center Academy, a new Islamic elementary school in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, my old home town. The MCC recently opened in the same building that once housed the Solomon Schechter Day School, the Jewish religious school I attended from second through eighth grade--the place where I first felt a personal connection to Zionism, Israel, and the Hebrew language. Oct 2, 2014 10:42 PM PT

Obama Would Let Middle East Burn to Keep Jews Out of Apartments

President Barack Obama would let the Middle East continue to suffer with chaos and conflict rather than see Israeli Jews move into apartments legally built or purchased in Jerusalem, in parts of the city that are never going to be part of a Palestinian capital under any peace agreement. He made that clear Wednesday in reacting to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's message of a new emerging Arab alliance with Israel. Oct 2, 2014 5:49 AM PT

Surgeon General's October Message: September is Veggies Month!

The official website of the Surgeon General of the United States has nothing to say about Ebola prevention and detection, other than an old press release about relief efforts in Liberia. Instead, the lead story is: "September is Fruits & Veggies--More Matters Month!" The date displayed on the website as of this writing is October 1. Oct 1, 2014 3:20 PM PT

Obama Condemns Israel--After Meeting with Netanyahu

White House spokesman Josh Earnest read out a condemnation of Israel's latest plans for construction in East Jerusalem, just hours after President Barack Obama had received a visit from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.  Oct 1, 2014 12:51 PM PT

5 Things the CDC Can Do to Contain Ebola

News that the first case of Ebola in the U.S. had been identified and isolated in Dallas has caused widespread concern, given the severity of the disease and previous assurances by President Barack Obama himself that it was "unlikely" that Ebola would reach our shores. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will not recommend banning travel to or from affected countries in Africa, lest potential Ebola carriers simply "go underground." Here, however, are five other actions to be taken ASAP. Oct 1, 2014 11:54 AM PT

Will Obama Apologize to Bibi at Today's Meeting?

For several weeks this summer, President Barack Obama and his State Department insisted that Israel a) reach a cease-fire with Hamas, after the Palestinian terror group started a war; b) restrict its aerial bombing of Hamas targets, so as to minimize the risk of civilian casualties; and c) negotiate under fire with Qatar and Turkey, two countries that have funded and encouraged Hamas. Now, however, the shoe is firmly on the other foot. Oct 1, 2014 6:38 AM PT

Newsom Still Refuses to Debate Nehring for Lt. Governor

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom continues to refuse any debates with Republican challenger Ron Nehring. Though the state's rising Democratic star proclaims that he is "Dedicated to equal rights" on his Twitter page, evidently that enthusiasm for equality does not extend to sharing a platform with his opponent, nor to allowing voters to hold accountable for his positions in even the most perfunctory, once-every-four-years fashion. Sep 30, 2014 5:48 AM PT

Bibi to UN: A Nuclear Iran Is Like ISIS with The Bomb

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave one of the finest--and most important--addresses of his career Monday at the United Nations General Assembly, laying out a simple case against "militant Islam" that seems self-evident to many, but is anathema in elite foreign policy circles. Netanyahu expanded on his recent claims that ISIS and Hamas are essentially part of the same global effort, adding the Iranian regime to the equation. Sep 29, 2014 3:44 PM PT

How Obama's UN Speech Enabled Iran's Propaganda

Last week, President Barack Obama complained to the United Nations General Assembly about violence in Ferguson, Missouri, implicitly equating the protests to the genocidal violence of ISIS, his primary focus in the address. On Sunday, Iranian leader Ali Khamenei picked up Obama's criticism of America, unleashing a stream of abuse on Twitter based on criticism of events in Ferguson, accusing the U.S. of hypocrisy on human rights. Sep 29, 2014 6:21 AM PT

Why Andrew Breitbart, and the Tea Party, Chose a Different Path to Power

In my new book, Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, I document the political history of the movement that changed American politics. The Tea Party remains one of the most unique opposition forces in the world. Unlike protest movements in Europe--and Occupy Wall Street in the U.S.--the Tea Party marched for less government, not more. And unlike many other movements, the Tea Party often shunned political power. Sep 28, 2014 3:54 PM PT

CA-17: Khanna Hits Honda with Ethics Claims

Ro Khanna (left), the tech-funded Democrat challenger to incumbent Democrat Rep. Mike Honda in California's 17th congressional district, has launched a blistering attack against Honda over alleged ethics violations. Khanna, citing an investigative report by the San Jose Insider, accused Honda of using his office to raise campaign cash by coordinating invitations to a State Department event with donations to Honda's ongoing re-election effort. Sep 28, 2014 7:54 AM PT

Report: ISIS Threat Received at Navy SEALs Training Base

The U.S. Navy received a threat Thursday purporting to be from ISIS at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado--the primary training facility for U.S. Navy SEALs, according to a military official cited by local Fox affiliate KSWB 5. The threat was found to be "non-credible," but was fully investigated as the Navy conducted terror drills nearby. Sep 28, 2014 5:59 AM PT

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