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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Obama Cornered Himself with Ceasefire Offer

Avi Issacharoff of the Times of Israel argues that Hamas was "cornered" by the ceasefire that Egypt proposed and Israel accepted Monday. Hamas is not alone: the Obama administration cornered itself, too. Jul 15, 2014 9:04 AM PT

'Six Californias' Breakup Plan Will Be on 2016 Ballot

LOS ANGELES, WEST CALIFORNIA -- Venture capital billionaire Thomas Draper has announced that his campaign to break California up into six states has reached the required minimum number of signatures and will appear on the 2016 ballot, Reuters reports. The "Six Californias" plan, as it is known, is a response to the perceived dysfunction of a state whose staggering size has left citizens unable to enjoy self-government. Jul 15, 2014 6:22 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Congratulations to the Legal Immigrants

Today, while looking for the American Federation of Teachers conference at the L.A. convention center, I ran across an enormous naturalization ceremony. Thousands of "applicants" who were about to take the oath of citizenship stood patiently in line while their families shopped for patriotic gear and leather-bound cases for naturalization certificates. I suddenly remembered my own experience of swearing in as a U.S. citizen. Jul 11, 2014 3:58 PM PT

GOP's Kashkari Crashes Teachers' Union Confab in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari held a press conference at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) conference in Los Angeles, demanding school reform and attacking incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown for doing nothing to stop the violation of the civil rights of minority children. Jul 11, 2014 12:23 PM PT

TV Industry's High World Cup Ratings: Will They Last?

World Cup ratings are high--astronomically so. National Public Radio reports that ESPN and Univision, which acquired the rights to broadcast the tournament in English and Spanish, respectively (with Univision paying three times the price!), are celebrating some of the highest ratings they have ever recorded--for anything. But as NPR's Renee Montagne and the Sport Business Journal's John Ourand admit, that's not likely to boost ratings for soccer overall in the U.S. Jul 11, 2014 5:34 AM PT

Realtors: Chinese Cash Buyers Drive California Housing Bubble

Chinese buyers from abroad are inflating California's real estate prices, spending $22 billion in the past year alone to acquire U.S. assets that are viewed as hedges against China's slackening growth. The result is pricing many California residents out of the real estate market, and creating a second housing bubble that threatens to end just as badly as the 2006-8 housing crash, from which the state's economy is only beginning to recover.  Jul 10, 2014 8:32 AM PT

'Nuclear Terrorism': Hamas Targeting of Dimona Reactor Meets UN Definition

The terrorist group Hamas claimed late Wednesday that it attempted to target Israel's nuclear reactor in the desert town of Dimona by firing three long-range M-75 rockets at the facility. One of the rockets was destroyed in mid-flight by Israel's Iron Dome system, and two fell harmlessly in the rocky Negev. However, merely by targeting the nuclear facility, Hamas has committed nuclear terrorism, according to United Nations treaties. Jul 10, 2014 4:25 AM PT

Hamas's Last Stand? 5 Reasons This Israel-Gaza War is Different

Operation Protective Edge may look like its predecessors--Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9 and Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012--in that it is a response to Palestinian terrorism launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians. The previous two rounds of the conflict ended with Hamas still in power in the Gaza Strip, weakened but able to re-arm over time and to project a strategic threat. There are five reasons, however, this time may be different. Jul 9, 2014 5:43 AM PT

Pro-Amnesty Protest: Would Obama Send His Kids 'Back to Kenya'?

PORT HUENEME -- Over 100 pro-amnesty activists from Southern California traveled to Naval Base Ventura County on Tuesday to stage a demonstration outside the gates to demand "humane treatment" for illegal aliens who have been transferred there from Texas by U.S. Border Patrol. The aliens, many of them unaccompanied children, are from Central America and crossed the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a massive recent migration. Jul 8, 2014 1:07 PM PT

CA Man Prevented from Displaying U.S. Flag Inside Home

Steve Roberts, a resident of suburban Santee, CA in San Diego County, says that the owners of his apartment complex are preventing him from displaying the American flag inside his home. The flag, which is hung in his front window, is hidden when the blinds are closed, and is a tribute to Roberts's father, who served in the military for 25 years, according to a report by Ashlee DeMartino of ABC News affiliate KGTV-10 San Diego. Jul 8, 2014 11:48 AM PT

Israel Tweets Photo of Hamas Using 'Human Shields'

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted a photograph of Hamas firing a rocket at Israel from within a civilian area of the Gaza Strip, accusing the terror group of using "human shields," as it has done in previous conflicts. Jul 8, 2014 6:18 AM PT

Operation Protective Edge: Where Will Israel Stop?

As Israel undertakes Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, questions linger about the strategic objective. Is it just to stop and deter Hamas rocket fire against Israeli civilians? Or is it to invade and reoccupy the Gaza Strip, with the aim of ousting Hamas altogether? Jul 8, 2014 6:02 AM PT

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