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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Israel Shows Britain's Cameron the Cost of War

The latest round of rocket attacks against Israeli civilian targets by Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip, who launched several dozen volleys into southern Israel Wednesday, occurred during the visit of Prime Minister David Cameron. Britain has often taken a critical approach to Israel, even under Conservative governments. On this occasion, however, Cameron could only offer support when Israel struck back, hitting 29 targets in Gaza. Mar 13, 2014 5:36 AM PT

Top 10 Reasons Rahm Will Never Be President*

The Washington Times has published a story on Rahm Emanuel's chances for president, based on gossip at CPAC between "a pair of insiders." That prompted a round of "I told you so's" around the office here. But it's almost certainly never going to happen. Here are just ten of the reasons--there are others--why not. Mar 12, 2014 11:27 AM PT

Why 'Between Two Ferns' Works

President Barack Obama has come in for a fair amount of criticism for his appearance on Funny or Die's Between Two Ferns, a satirical interview sketch hosted by Zach Galifianakis. Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly have slammed the interview as demeaning to the office of the President, and I happen to agree, though I don't agree with those who have called it "unfunny." I thought it was pretty hilarious, at least the first time through. Mar 12, 2014 10:43 AM PT

NPR Pushes Obama's 'Equal Pay' Lie

National Public Radio's David Greene (host) and Tamara Keith (reporter) double-teamed on a story on Wednesday's Morning Edition about President Barack Obama's summit to address the pay gap between men and women. The premise of the story was the false statistic--debunked repeatedly, but flogged repeatedly by the president and his chorus--that women earn 77 cents for every dollar made by men for doing the same jobs. Mar 12, 2014 7:33 AM PT

How Obama Stiffed Legal Immigrants

President Barack Obama may have made life easier for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants when he declared the "Dream Act" by fiat in 2012, in the midst of his re-election campaign. But in doing so, he shoved legal immigrants to the back of the line. Wait times for people trying to enter the country legally, especially for spouses and relatives, have skyrocketed, violating congressional intent and throwing families into turmoil. Mar 12, 2014 5:47 AM PT

Poll: Majority of Israeli Jews--and Arabs--Distrust Kerry

A new poll released by the Israel Democracy Institute reveals that 64% of Israelis--including 66% of Jews and 53% of Arabs--do not trust U.S. Secretary of State "to take Israel's security into account as a crucial factor in the framework agreement." The poll was conducted among 603 Israeli respondents with a margin of error of 4.1%. Mar 11, 2014 7:45 AM PT

New Documentary Blames Iran for Lockerbie Bombing

As investigators search the western Pacific Ocean for signs of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a new documentary is set to air Tuesday evening on Al-Jazeera in which an Iranian defector blames Iran for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The defector, Abolghasem Mesbahi, is considered highly credible: his evidence proved Iran was responsible for the bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina in 1994. Mar 11, 2014 5:58 AM PT

The Timeless Tension of the Cruz-Paul Debate

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have launched a national debate right here at Breitbart News, one that may mark the first shots of the 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign. The topic is foreign policy, oddly, an issue that is dominating the headlines lately but which remains secondary, at best, to many voters, particularly in the Tea Party movement from which both men emerged, which focuses on domestic concerns. Mar 10, 2014 11:41 PM PT

Sanity Prevails in Senate Debate on Sexual Assault in Military

Last week, the U.S. Senate chose between two competing bills on sexual assault in the military. The successful bill, authored by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), prevents those accused of crimes from using positive character evidence--the so-called "good soldier" defense--in their trials. The failed bill, by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), would have removed authority from commanding officers in sexual assault cases. It failed to reach cloture. Mar 10, 2014 11:07 PM PT

Netanyahu Blasts World's Hypocrisy on Iranian Weapons

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked what he described as global hypocrisy on Iran, noting that the world's leaders had largely failed to condemn a large Iranian shipment of weapons to Palestinian terrorist groups that Israeli naval commandos intercepted last week. Instead, he said, while Iran prepared to kill civilians, diplomats were shaking hands with the regime in Tehran and talking about a thaw in relations. Mar 10, 2014 10:42 PM PT

Obama's Quadrennial Defense Review Calls for 'Engaging' Russia

The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) released last week--in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, and as Russian troops poured into the Crimea--calls for the U.S. to continue to "engage" Russia. The QDR, prepared by the Pentagon, is a comprehensive guide to U.S. military strategy and is used to coordinate procurement and policy across the entire administration. Its recommendations on Russia acknowledge growing threats, but call for new nuclear reductions, even beyond those undertaken in the New START treaty with Russia in late 2010. Mar 10, 2014 10:51 AM PT

In Donning Hijab, EU's Ashton Signals Surrender to Iran

You don't have to regard the Islamic hijab, the headscarf worn by women to preserve their modesty, as a symbol of oppression to object to the spectacle of western diplomats wearing them when negotiating with or meeting with representatives and leaders in the Muslim world. The late Oriana Falacci, in a gesture celebrated later by Christopher Hitchens (who, sadly, has also left us), famously tore off the garment she had been made to wear--in the midst of an interview with Ayatollah Khomeini. In diplomacy, respect must flow in both directions. Mar 10, 2014 10:22 AM PT

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