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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Soros Associate, Jewish Dem Donors Oppose Iran Sanctions

Let it be noted that at a critical moment for the United States and the State of Israel, while Iran continued to enrich uranium and conceal significant parts of its nuclear program from the world, left-wing Jews are urging Congress to drop a bill that would apply new sanctions to Iran, even though those sanctions would only apply if attempts at a diplomatic agreement failed. The National Journal released the text of a Feb. 27 letter by 82 donors to "Democratic Leaders," who include Soros associate and J Street adviser Morton Halperin: Feb 28, 2014 10:08 AM PT

Israel Accuses IAEA of Covering Up Details on Iranian Nuclear Weapons

Israel's Minister of Strategic Affairs, Yuval Steinitz, is demanding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) release all of the information it gathered about Iran's potential nuclear weapons program, according to the Jerusalem Post. The demand follows a report by Reuters that suggested the IAEA had withheld a report on Iran 2013 for fear that releasing the details would complicate ongoing diplomatic efforts to reach a nuclear deal. Feb 28, 2014 8:28 AM PT

Andrew Breitbart, the Tea Party, and Occupy

March 1 marks the second anniversary of the passing of my friend and colleague, Andrew Breitbart. He was the Tea Party's greatest defender, and Occupy Wall Street's most effective critic. He saw the former as an authentic popular movement fighting government repression and media bias, and the latter as a mob of tragicomically misguided fools under Obama's political protection. In other words, ripe for satire. In his memory, here's the video we made of our visit to Occupy LA in October 2011, at the corner of 7th & Figueroa. I miss him every day. Feb 28, 2014 8:11 AM PT

Tom Hayden and the 'Spiritual Progressives' Defend Murder in Venezuela

I received an email yesterday from "The Network of Spiritual Progressives," a group run by the left-wing Rabbi Michael Lerner and devoted to spreading love a peace throughout the world. The Spiritual Progressives can be counted on to join anti-war demonstrations and to criticize almost anything Israel does to protect its citizens from Palestinian terror. This particular email was concerned with the raging political crisis in Venezuela. Feb 28, 2014 6:14 AM PT

Blue State Blues: The Gay Intolerance Act of 2014

One late night in the press room at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, my Breitbart colleagues and I were chit-chatting with a member of the White House Press Corps, a charming woman who happened to be a lesbian. The discussion turned, somehow, to sexual politics, and I was surprised to encounter from this otherwise agreeable lady a pejorative epithet I had never heard before: "breeders," i.e. straight people. Feb 28, 2014 5:04 AM PT

The Tea Party at Five: What the Wacko Birds Have Wrought

On the fifth anniversary of the first Tea Party rallies, the movement's record appears mixed. It swept the GOP to a majority in the U.S. House, where it has blocked President Barack Obama's most radical ambitions. It helped the GOP win several governorships, launching reforms that broke the unions' political stranglehold. At the same time, weak Tea Party candidates cost the GOP the Senate, and aggressive legislative tactics cost it support. Feb 27, 2014 6:38 AM PT

Glick to Ambush AIPAC with One-State Solution

Caroline Glick, the popular conservative commentator for the Jerusalem Post, will launch her new manifesto, The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, early next week. The book argues that Israel should abandon the faltering two-state solution and incorporate Judea and Samaria--i.e. the West Bank--into Israel, offering Israeli citizenship to its Palestinian residents and dissolving the Palestinian Authority. Feb 26, 2014 11:11 PM PT

Brewer's Veto Motivated By Principle--and Pressure

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of Arizona's SB 1062, which would have protected business owners from discrimination lawsuits if they turned down gay patrons for religious reasons, brought a sigh of relief to a her state and to her party. Arizona feared losing tourists, conventions, and even the Super Bowl. Republicans were worried about broader damage to their party, once again vilified--albeit unfairly--as backward and intolerant. Feb 26, 2014 9:52 PM PT

WATCH: Anti-Israel Student's EPIC Meltdown After Student Council Votes Down Divestment

It's Israeli Apartheid Week at campuses across North America--that annual tradition in which ignorant leftist youth attempt to demonize the only open society in the Middle East. At UCLA, one of the main highlights of the week was a student council vote on whether to urge the university and the University of California as a whole to divest from companies associated with the Israeli occupation of Gaza [sic] and the West Bank. Feb 26, 2014 12:40 PM PT

Krugman Scoop: They Use ACTORS in Campaign Ads!

Paul Krugman, as usual, is leading the left media through the looking-glass--and this time the distortions are not only bizarre but deeply disturbing. Krugman argued several days ago that many of the Obamacare "horror stories" are, in fact, "hooey." That seems to be the basis for Majority Leader Harry Reid's claim that they are "all" untrue, and for Greg Sargent's attempt to turn questions about one story into a problem with "stories." Feb 26, 2014 12:15 PM PT

Why the Arizona 'Gay' Bill is Too Broad--and Why the Left is Wrong About It

I've written previously about the actual text of SB 1062, the controversial Arizona bill that critics say would allow business owners to discriminate against gays. The bill creates a legal defense against discrimination lawsuits for business owners who have a sincere religious objection to homosexuality. It is an understandable reaction to several bad court decisions against bakers and photographers who declined to serve gay weddings. Feb 26, 2014 8:28 AM PT

Have YOU Actually Read the Arizona 'Gay' Bill?

You probably have an opinion about the Arizona legislature's controversial new bill, SB 1062, awaiting signature or veto by Gov. Jan Brewer. You may have complained that it reinstates "Jim Crow" by allowing businesses to refuse to serve gays. You may have defended it as a necessary response to the courts' encroachments on the freedom of religion, where people have been sued for refusing to bake cakes or take pictures at gay weddings. Feb 26, 2014 6:35 AM PT

California Couple Finds $10 Million in Gold Coins in Back Yard

A couple in California stumbled across the most valuable buried treasure find in U.S. history, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday, when they discovered rusting cans on their property that contained 19th-century gold coins with a face value of over $28,000 and a market value of more than $10 million.  Feb 26, 2014 6:11 AM PT

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