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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Media: Dismal GDP Figure is 'Ancient History' Already

Shortly after the government released gross domestic product (GDP) data showing that the U.S. economy grew by only 0.1% in the first quarter of 2014, the host of Marketplace Morning Report, David Brancaccio, called the GDP report "ancient history" because it only covered the period through March. Apr 30, 2014 7:50 AM PT

UCLA Returns Clippers' Owner's $3 Million for Kidney Research

UCLA announced Tuesday that it would reject a $3 million donation by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and would return the portion of that donation that had already been delivered, local CBS news affiliate KNX reports. The announcement is the latest public repudiation of Sterling after his privately expressed racist comments were recorded and exposed, and comes as the NBA prepares to force Sterling to sell his team. Apr 30, 2014 6:00 AM PT

Emails Point to Ben Rhodes as Key to Benghazi Talking Points

A year ago, Ed Lasky of the American Thinker speculated that White House security official Ben Rhodes – a speechwriter with no prior national security experience or expertise – was at the heart of the Benghazi scandal, specifically the false talking points spouted on Sunday news shows by former UN Ambassador (now National Security Advisor) Susan Rice that the Sep. 11, 2012 attack was a protest against a YouTube video. Now, those speculations seem to have been confirmed by the release of a batch of emails obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Apr 29, 2014 10:51 AM PT

Are Silicon Valley's High-Paid Techies the New Proletariat?

Kevin Roose of New York magazine says that an ongoing class-action lawsuit on behalf of highly compensated tech employees at Silicon Valley's leading firms has exposed the "caste" system in the industry: "There are the executives, who talk (and defer) to each other frequently and set the terms of engagement across the tech industry. And then there are the worker bees--the engineers, designers, and middle-managers...". Apr 29, 2014 8:09 AM PT

Politico Plans L.A. Expansion

Politico, the D.C.-based political publication, is sending senior writer Todd Purdum and media reporter Dylan Byers to Los Angeles. Apr 29, 2014 7:54 AM PT

The 'Apartheid' Israel Charge Began with the Soviet Union

The history of the false analogy between "apartheid" and Israel is a rather dismal one. It was promoted by the Soviet Union in the 1970s as a way to isolate Israel and cultivate communist allies in the Arab world. This was the era of the infamous "Zionism is racism" UN resolution--rescinded in 1991--and the effort to associate Israel with apartheid and colonialism was a systematic one, aimed at harming not only Israel but also the U.S. Apr 29, 2014 6:41 AM PT

Kerry: SorryNotSorry for Israel 'Apartheid' Remark

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry did not apologize Monday for suggesting last week that Israel could become "an apartheid state" if it did not reach a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Instead, he lashed out at his critics--who include Democrats such as Sen. Barbara Boxer, who called Kerry's remark "ridiculous" Monday. Apr 28, 2014 7:17 PM PT

Does Republican Carr Have a Path to Victory in Waxman's District?

After weeks of phone tag, I finally caught up with Republican Elan Carr on Monday afternoon, a day after his solid performance at a a candidate forum in Brentwood. Carr is running to replace retiring Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman, who has represented a substantial portion of West Los Angeles for four decades, and has become a national liberal icon. Could it be possible--or even thinkable--that a Republican could win Waxman's seat? Apr 28, 2014 2:26 PM PT

Neighbors Spy on Wasteful Water Users

The Associated Press reports that in some drought-stricken parts of California--such as the state capital of Sacramento--local governments are resorting to "water waste patrols," run by employees and volunteers: Apr 28, 2014 12:08 PM PT

Kashkari Touts GOP Endorsements, Donnelly Cites Polls

As the June 3 primary draws nearer, Republican gubernatorial candidates Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly are relying on different measurements of success to build confidence among their supporters. Kashkari, who has a massive fundraising edge, is rolling out big endorsements, largely from past incumbents and national Republican figures, while Donnelly is relying on strong poll numbers and support from the party base. Apr 28, 2014 11:47 AM PT

All May Be Born Again Through the Democratic Party

Casual observers, noting that L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling donated to Democratic politicians and was a frequent honoree by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), might wonder how it is that his racist opinions--which were apparently widely, if quietly, known--could have gone unnoticed for so long. Yes, he's got money: that buys leeway. But the likelier answer is that he spent it in the right places. Apr 28, 2014 11:21 AM PT

Why Kerry's 'Apartheid' Comment Is a Problem for Israel--and the U.S.

On Sunday, the Daily Beast's Josh Rogin reported that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned world leaders in a closed-door meeting Friday that Israel could become "an apartheid state" like South Africa if it could not reach a two-state solution with the Palestinians. One pro-Israel group is calling on Kerry to resign, while the State Department's Jen Psaki contended--citing left-wing blogs--that some Israeli leaders had said the same. Apr 28, 2014 8:16 AM PT

Democrat Incumbent Honda 'Won't' Move Into His District

Rep. Mike Honda, a Democrat who has represented Silicon Valley for seven terms, told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that he will not move into the district. His home was excluded from the district boundaries when they were redrawn after 2010--and now, says Honda, he can no longer afford to move into the area he represents, given the soaring cost of housing that has seen many leave the Bay Area entirely. Apr 28, 2014 5:39 AM PT

WSJ: Emily's List vs. Democrats in California

California's "jungle primary" system, in which all candidates compete in a common primary, continues to befuddle the two major political parties. Just as in the 33rd congressional district, where a crowded field and strong campaigns by Republican and independent candidates could mean that no Democratic candidate emerges to succeed liberal stalwart Rep. Henry Waxman, the 31st district east of L.A. could see a similar fate. Apr 28, 2014 5:27 AM PT

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