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's Stupid Reaction to Kerry Insult

Israel's defense minister, Moshe "Boogy" Ya'alon, delivered an entirely accurate, if somewhat rude, assessment of Secretary of State John Kerry's "messianic" pursuit of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal on Tuesday. In response, the Obama administration's State Department has blasted Israel--angrily, and therefore stupidly. Jan 14, 2014 10:52 AM PT

State Dept. Blasts Israel Over Comments About 'Messianic' Kerry UPDATE: U.S. Demands Netanyahu Condemn

The U.S. State Department has blasted recent comments by Israel's defense minister, Moshe "Boogy" Ya'alon, about Secretary of State John Kerry as "offensive." Ya'alon had accused Kerry of "misplaced obsession and messianic fervor" in his efforts to push for a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinian leaders have been reluctant to move forward, while Israel is worried about Kerry's proposed concessions on security. Jan 14, 2014 10:30 AM PT

Obama Only Has 1 Pen. We Have 39.

President Barack Obama threatened Congress today, warning Congress that he will use executive orders and administrative actions if they fail to pass the legislation he wants: "I've got a pen," he told the Cabinet. Jan 14, 2014 10:01 AM PT

Israeli Defense Minister: Kerry is 'Obsessive,' 'Messianic'

Israel's Defense Minister, Moshe "Boogy" Ya'alon, is facing criticism from the opposition after slamming U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported earlier on Tuesday that the outspoken Ya'alon had said that Kerry, who recently completed his tenth trip to the region in less than a year on the job, "turned up here determined and acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor" for a peace deal. Jan 14, 2014 7:03 AM PT

Report: Egypt Military Will Crush Hamas

An exclusive report by the Reuters news agency says that Egypt's military leaders plan to "undermine" the Palestinian terror group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, after "crushing" the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was once outlawed in Egypt, then rose to power in elections in 2012, then was deposed and outlawed again by the military and interim regime. Jan 14, 2014 6:48 AM PT

Iran Celebrates American 'Surrender'; Obama Says 'Give Peace a Chance'

Iran's "moderate" president, Hassan Rouhani, tweeted this morning that "world powers," including the U.S., had "surrendered" to the "Iranian nation's will" in confirming a six-month interim nuclear deal that will allow the Iranian regime to continue its advanced centrifuge program and develop a new nuclear facility at Arak. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, implored Americans to "give peace a chance" with the Iran deal. Jan 14, 2014 6:30 AM PT

Palestinians Fire Rockets Near Sharon Funeral

The Jerusalem Post reports that Palestinians fired two rockets near the funeral site of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was laid to rest at his farm in southern Israel with dozens of foreign dignitaries present. Jan 13, 2014 11:39 AM PT

Key California Retirement Signals Pelosi Will Never Be Speaker Again

Less than a year ago, President Barack Obama predicted that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would be Speaker of the House of Representatives again after the 2014 elections. Less than two months ago, he was still fundraising for Democratic candidates by telling donors that the country needed her as Speaker. Yet today, it is clearer than ever that she will never regain that post, after the retirement of a key congressional ally. Jan 13, 2014 11:07 AM PT

When Obama and Biden Betrayed Sharon

President Barack Obama offered a polite (if generic) salute to the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Saturday, and Vice President Joe Biden honored Sharon (and Israel) by participating in today's funeral. Yet both Obama and Biden actually betrayed the man to whom they are keen to be seen paying tribute today, when they insisted in 2009-10 that all Jewish settlement--even in Jerusalem--across the 1967 lines was off-limits. Jan 13, 2014 9:57 AM PT

Giuliani Trades Benghazi, IRS Scandal to Save Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's allies seem so worried about his political future, and so desperate to save him, that they are willing to trade away key issues to restore his image, now severely damaged since it emerged last week that members of his staff allegedly ordered several lanes blocked on the George Washington Bridge to create traffic and punish a local Democrat mayor who had failed to endorse Christie for re-election last year. Jan 13, 2014 6:33 AM PT

Ariel Sharon Laid to Rest on Family Farm

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was laid to rest on his family farm in the south of Israel. Grieving relatives were joined by international leaders and officials representing the Israeli government and military. Jan 13, 2014 5:29 AM PT

Iran: A Bad Nuclear Deal Gets Worse

The negotiators from the P5+1 nations (the U.S., plus the other permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) have managed to make the bad deal reached with Iran in Geneva in November over its nuclear program even worse. On paper, the deal still eases sanctions for six months, though effectively Iran will benefit from eight months of easing, having enjoyed a currency revival for the two months between the time the deal was announced and Jan. 20, the time that negotiators finally decided the deal would take formal effect. Jan 13, 2014 4:46 AM PT

When Skepticism of Government Goes Overboard

I'm observing a conference in Los Angeles today organized by the American Freedom Alliance and Freedom Advocate entitled The Globalization of California: Will an Unelected, Unaccountable Bureaucracy Soon Be Running Our Lives?. It is well-attended and well-organized, as American Freedom Alliance's events seem to be, with over one hundred filling the seats to hear about the latest challenges to individual freedom in California. Jan 12, 2014 1:05 PM PT

Rare Funnel Cloud Over Los Angeles (Photo/Video)

This morning, at 10:12 a.m. PST, I spotted a rare funnel cloud over Los Angeles, CA. The air was calm and the temperature was about 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), with mostly overcast skies and high ceiling. Jan 12, 2014 11:02 AM PT

California Teachers' Lawsuit Highlights Unions' Abuse

Conservatives are eagerly anticipating the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals's hearing later this year of a lawsuit, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, brought by a group of public school teachers against the state's powerful union over the collection of dues for political activities. The CTA argues that the teachers can easily opt out of the political portion of their dues, so essentially the dissident teachers have nothing to complain about. Jan 12, 2014 10:43 AM PT


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