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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Bolton: 'Anyone Who Thinks Edward Snowden Is a Hero Is Unfit to Serve'

The most under-reported remark at the Republican Jewish Coalition spring leadership meeting in Las Vegas last weekend was that of Ambassador John Bolton, who took a thinly-veiled shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): "Anyone who thinks Edward Snowden is a hero," Bolton said, "is unfit to serve." Not just as commander-in-chief: unfit to serve, period.  Mar 31, 2014 10:10 PM PT

Covered California Help Closed for Cesar Chavez Day--on Obamacare Deadline

Monday, March 31 marked the deadline for enrolling in health insurance under Obamacare. In California, it is also a public holiday, Cesar Chavez Day, honoring the labor organizer and civil rights leader. That means the state government is closed, as are many local agencies. And so--partly--is Covered California, the state Obamacare exchange, though there are Californians who might need help enrolling before the deadline. Mar 31, 2014 3:15 PM PT

What Ken Vogel Doesn't Get About Adelson, RJC

For those Jews, particularly those who are active in the RJC, a strong America is an existential priority. Not just for Israel, not only for strong patriotic reasons, but also because of a bone-deep conviction that American weakness leads to destruction. That is what Vogel and many of the co-called "quality reporters" miss in their eagerness to echo the narrative of Adelson as Zionist plutocrat. Mar 31, 2014 7:33 AM PT

L.A. Times Cooks the Books as Obamacare Deadline Hits

The Los Angeles Times greeted the Obamacare enrollment data on Monday with a striking headline, claiming that "at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage," which is 3 million people more than the Obama administration itself claimed last week (a number that was itself highly questionable, since it did not exclude those who had not paid for their new insurance). The Times' analysis, however, is laughable. Mar 31, 2014 6:28 AM PT

L.A. Fears Surprise Quake on Newly-Discovered Fault

Southern California has endured a series of moderate earthquakes in the past several weeks, the first of which occurred along a little-known fault beneath the Santa Monica Mountains that had never experienced such a strong tremor since scientists began measuring it. Now, experts tell the Associated Press, there is a danger that a large, 7.5 magnitude quake along a fault discovered in 1999 could cause catastrophic damage in the area. Mar 31, 2014 5:59 AM PT

Obamacare Registers California Couple to Vote--as Democrats

A local couple in La Mesa, California were shocked to receive completed voter registration forms from Covered California with their party registration listed as "Democrat" after they enrolled in Obamacare. Channel 10, the San Diego affiliate of ABC, reported Sunday that the couple has "lived in La Mesa for years and they have always been registered to vote Republican." They received no response from the state when they tried to complain. Mar 31, 2014 5:44 AM PT

Confirmed: CA Bullet Train Won't Be as 'High-Speed' as Promised

Back in February, Breitbart News broke the story of how California Gov. Jerry Brown's beloved high-speed rail was not going to be as "high-speed" as promised. We noted the comments of the Peer Review Group in a recent report on the project: "[I]it is unlikely that trains would actually be scheduled to run during normal hours of operation within the 30 minute or 2 hours 40 minute limits at the completion of the Phase I Blended system." Mar 30, 2014 5:47 AM PT

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Lust Is the Answer

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is no stranger to controversy. His breakout advice book, Kosher Sex, provoked criticism from the religious community--and added new depth to many relationships. Now, Boteach--an occasional Breitbart News contributor--is launching a sequel, Kosher Lust: Love Is Not the Answer, that will push the boundaries further. And it ought to, for lust is too often dismissed as sin, when it can also be a positive force. Mar 29, 2014 11:40 PM PT

Watching the Media Target GOP Candidates at the Republican Jewish Coalition

This weekend, I had a chance to observe the proceedings at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring leadership meeting from the press gallery. It was my fourth time attending the annual RJC event, though my first as part of the press. There was unusual media interest this year, as four potential GOP presidential candidates addressed the conference. And it was fascinating to watch the mainstream journalists at their craft: knifing Republicans. Mar 29, 2014 9:40 PM PT

Blue State Blues: Who's Missing the 'Sheldon Adelson Primary'?

The list of luminaries addressing the RJC conference on Saturday, following the Bush fundraiser on Thursday, includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former UN Ambassador John Bolton. It is worth noting who is not present in Las Vegas this weekend: Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky Mar 28, 2014 2:03 PM PT

CA Democrat's Alleged Arms Trafficking Scheme Linked to Islamist Rebels

The 137-page, FBI-sworn affidavit against California State Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat who is also running for Secretary of State, and over two dozen other individuals reads like a crime thriller. Beyond the widely reported stories of alleged wire fraud, money laundering, corruption, and bribery, the affidavit contains tales of alleged murder-for-hire plots involving a political consultant close to Yee, as well as large international weapons trafficking operations. Mar 26, 2014 11:31 PM PT

Found: The Greyhound Stop at Amtrak Union Station, Los Angeles

The Internet is a font of information. When you run a simple Google search for something, you generally get too much information, and have to separate the signal from the noise. Not so when looking for the precise location of the Greyhound bus stop at Amtrak's Union Station in Los Angeles. The Internet came up completely empty for me today. And so did Greyhound itself, which does not know where its own bus stop is located. Mar 26, 2014 4:35 PM PT

Full Circle: Obama Defends Iraq War

Barack Obama would not be President of the United States were it not for his purported opposition to the Iraq War.  Mar 26, 2014 3:56 PM PT

California Eggs: a Commerce Clause Case Liberals May Lose

The commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution has been the vehicle for expanding the power of the federal government ever since Wickard v. Filburn (1942), much to the delight of big-government liberals. In the Obamacare case of 2012, the Supreme Court actually set limits on the Commerce Clause, but not before the Court's liberal justices had revealed they believed the Commerce Clause power to be essentially unlimited. Mar 26, 2014 6:11 AM PT

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