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 Launches Major Air Strikes Against a Strangely Quiet Hezbollah

It was, as Sherlock Holmes might have said, the mystery of the dog that didn't bark. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) launched a major airstrike Monday night on a Hezbollah base and other targets on the Syria-Lebanon border, destroying what reports described as advanced weaponry, including ballistic missiles. And yet the Lebanese terror group barely acknowledged the attack, which violates its self-image as Lebanon's protective militia. Feb 25, 2014 5:45 AM PT

Hagel's Defense Cuts Raise Questions for Both Parties

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's proposed defense cuts, which would slash the Pentagon budget and shrink the U.S. Army to World War II levels, are a reminder that the only area of government that President Barack Obama seems to have no trouble slashing is the military--despite persistent national security threats, ongoing conflicts abroad, and the consequences for the military families and communities that depend on defense. Feb 24, 2014 12:54 PM PT

Hagel 2005: Beware Defense Cuts!

Secretary of State Chuck Hagel has just announced sweeping defense cuts that will reduce the U.S. Army to its smallest size since before World War II. In 2013, during Hagel's confirmation hearing, I pointed out that his newfound love of defense cuts was a stark contrast to Hagel's vehement opposition to defense cuts in 2005.  Feb 24, 2014 12:43 PM PT

California Braces for Rain Later This Week

The Los Angeles area is expecting its largest rainfall since March 2012 when two major storms arrive later this week. One is due Wednesday evening and the other is due Friday afternoon. Both are expected to break a local heat wave, dump several inches of rain near the coast, and drop snow on the mountains, according to the Los Angeles Times. There is a danger of local flooding and landslides. Rain will hit the rest of the state as well. Feb 24, 2014 6:22 AM PT

Celebrate Israeli Apartheid Week with Yityish Aynaw

It's that time of year again--time for Israeli Apartheid Week, where ignorant and/or malicious left-wing faculty and students will participate in a global orgy of hatred against the Jewish state, in the hope of poisoning enough minds to create permanent prejudice. A generation that has no idea what "apartheid" was will attempt to apply that concept to a society founded on civil rights whose only divisions endure because it is subject to the constant threat of terror and annihilation by its enemies--whose sins, foreign and domestic, shall remain unmentioned. Feb 24, 2014 6:09 AM PT

Alec Baldwin Quits Media, Blames Breitbart

On Sunday evening, award-winning actor and prominent left-wing activist Alec Baldwin announced that he was leaving "public life"--and blamed "Roger Ailes. And Fox. And Breitbart." In an extended rant to Joe Hogan, posted on vulture.com and published in New York magazine, Baldwin recounted his run-ins with paparazzi, his gay slur controversies, and his ill-fated talk show on MSNBC--but he reserved special resentment for Breitbart. Feb 23, 2014 9:35 PM PT

Beltway Media, Sneering at Trump, Are a Parody of Themselves

Nothing says "bubble" quite like Coppins telling fellow journalists about how the media give Trump too much attention, after spending 36 hours with Trump on the "fake campaign trail," in the course of a panel discussion that is entirely about Trump. "I'm part of the problem," Coppins confesses. He doesn't mean it, of course: he's on a TV show, still talking about Trump. He just wants to applaud his own exquisite moral self-awareness. Feb 23, 2014 1:11 PM PT

Susan Rice Has 'No Regrets' About Appearing on NBC

What kind of a question is "do you have any regrets?" A cop-out--that's what. And it's the question put by NBC's David Gregory to National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Meet the Press on Sunday, rather than "you weren't telling us the truth, were you?" Rice told Gregory she was acting on the "the best information that we had at the time." But we know that is a lie, because the military knew immediately that Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Feb 23, 2014 10:39 AM PT

Obama Mentor Preckwinkle May Challenge Emanuel for Chicago Mayor

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel may face a formidable challenger when he runs for re-election in 2015: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Though Preckwinkle says she will seek a second term on the county board in November, there is a precedent for a quick switch to the mayoral election in February: then-U.S. Rep. Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, did in in the historic 1983 election, against all political odds. Feb 23, 2014 7:01 AM PT

Donnelly Seizes on Kashkari Blunder on Gun Rights in California

California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who is one of two major Republican candidates for governor in 2014, seized on comments last week by his well-funded rival, former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari, in which the latter told students in Sacramento: "If you're a single issue voter, and you just want someone to give you a full capacity assault rifle magazine, God bless you, you can go vote for somebody else....I'm not your guy." Feb 23, 2014 6:00 AM PT

AIPAC's Tough Talk Is Not Fooling Anyone

The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) published an op-ed in the New York Times Saturday in which its leaders made a passionate and well-argued case for continued pressure on Iran, and also for the role of Congress in setting foreign policy. The organization, the op-ed made clear, supports the Kirk-Menendez bill, i.e. the "Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act," which would apply new sanctions "if, and only if, the talks fail." Feb 23, 2014 5:34 AM PT

'The Nation' Backs Repression in Venezuela

The Nation's Stephen Cohen has penned a lengthy criticism of the Venezuelan opposition, now subject to the brutal repression of Hugo Chávez's successor, President Nicolás Maduro, as well as the violence perpetrated by left-wing colectivo vigilantes. The essence of the charge against the opposition is that it represents--among others--the Venezuelan elite. Feb 22, 2014 11:05 PM PT

LA Philharmonic Conductor Dudamel Targeted by Venezuela Protests

Gustavo Dudamel, the charismatic and popular young conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, is being targeted by protests in his native Venezuela and in the United States for his silence about the abuses of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Dudamel also holds the post of Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, and travels and performs with that orchestra both at home and abroad. Feb 22, 2014 10:02 PM PT

Has the State Department 'Gone Rogue' in Ukraine?

Now that the Ukrainian opposition has toppled the government, the leaked telephone conversation between the U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, in which the latter told him to "f--- the E.U.," has taken on added significance. Despite President Barack Obama's wishy-washy response to the crisis, the State Department seems to have taken on a very active pro-opposition role. Feb 22, 2014 9:19 PM PT

No Federal Water for California Farmers, Either

Earlier this month, state water authorities revealed that many California farmers would receive none of their annual water allocation from the State Water Project. Now, federal water authorities have announced that the farmers will receive no water from the Central Valley Project. There will still be partial allocations for those with pre-existing water rights, as well as to waterways that provide habitat to endangered fish species. Feb 21, 2014 2:52 PM PT

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