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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Ignoring Drought, U.S. to Divert Water to Mexico for Environmental Project

On March 23, one percent of the flow of the Colorado River will be released into Mexico, to flow into the river delta and the Gulf of California as part of an experiment in environmental restoration over several months. The agreement, known as Minute 319, was signed between the U.S. and Mexico in late 2012 at the urging of groups like the Environmental Defense Fund. The transfer will occur despite intense drought in the southwestern U.S. Mar 17, 2014 6:59 AM PT

4.7 Earthquake Rocks West L.A. UPDATE: USGS Downgrades to 4.4

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake hit west Los Angeles this morning shortly before 6:30 a.m., waking the city up with a start and rocking vehicles back and forth during the morning commute. No significant damage was reported. Mar 17, 2014 6:34 AM PT

Malaysia Flight 370 Flew Low to Avoid Radar

Malaysian investigators reported on Monday local time that they believed the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 flew low, at roughly 5000 feet, to avoid radar in at least three countries after it made its fateful detour. Mar 16, 2014 10:10 PM PT

Israel Prepares for Possible Attack by Hijacked Malaysian Plane

As the possibility--however remote--grows that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 may have been hijacked and taken to a hidden location, Israeli authorities are preparing for the possibility that the hijackers might attempt to use the Boeing 777 to mount an attack.  Mar 16, 2014 5:05 PM PT

Former El-Al Expert Points to Iran in Malaysian Airlines Mystery

The Times of Israel has just posted a story by Debra Kamin based on an interview with Isaac Yeffet, who was head of global security for Israel's flagship airline, El Al, that suggests Iran was involved with the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Mar 16, 2014 12:22 PM PT

Crimea Votes to Join Russia in Rigged Referendum

In a referendum widely denounced as rigged, and closely watched by Russian soldiers and "self-defense" forces, residents of the Crimea voted overwhelmingly to join the Russian Federation on Sunday, with exit polls putting the result at 93%, according to the BBC. The U.S. sponsored a UN Security Council Resolution declaring the vote invalid, but Russia vetoed it on Saturday, exercising its power as one of five permanent council members. Mar 16, 2014 12:02 PM PT

The Purim After Andrew

In 2012, the Jewish holiday of Purim fell on March 8, exactly one week after Andrew Breitbart had died. I did not have time to go to synagogue the night before to hear the recitation of the Megillah, the Book of Esther. We had all been too busy with the re-launch of the website, which had rolled out as planned just days after Andrew died. And then there had been Andrew's funeral earlier that week, with much of the blogosphere in attendance. Mar 16, 2014 7:44 AM PT

California Republicans Convene, Vow to Rebuild

California's Republican Party is meeting for its statewide convention this weekend, and is attempting to regroup after years in the political wilderness. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who returned to Stanford University after eight years in the George W. Bush administration, told delegates at the meeting near San Francisco not to be discouraged by the task: "We are a party in the state of California that needs some rebuilding, but we are also a country, the United State of America, that needs some rebuilding," she said. Mar 16, 2014 6:43 AM PT

Israeli Opposition Slams Kerry over 'Jewish State' Refusal

Last week, Israel's right-wing parties condemned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's remark that it would be a "mistake" to pursue Palestinian recognition of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, breaking promises by the Obama administration. On Saturday, Israel's left-wing agreed, with Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog, who is also the leader of the opposition, saying Palestinians would have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in a final deal. Mar 16, 2014 6:06 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Obama's Treatment of Legal Immigrants Is a Disgrace

Apropos of the Ukraine, which has already been invaded by Russian forces and seem to be in store for more, it must certainly have occurred to WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, as he signed his recent $19 billion deal with Facebook, that he is lucky his mother moved the family away from Kiev and to Silicon Valley, California, two decades ago. His father had once intended to join the family, but stayed in the Ukraine and died in 1997. Mar 14, 2014 2:04 PM PT

The Main Problem with Israel: A Culture of Entitlement

Israeli diplomat Arthur Lenk has penned a lengthy rant at the Times of Israel about why he, and his fellow diplomats, are refusing to work. Yes, that's right--much of Israel's diplomatic corps has walked off the job in the midst of airstrikes and rockets in Gaza, the seizure of an Iranian weapons ship in the Red Sea, and the Obama administration's betrayal of its promise to push Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Mar 14, 2014 12:13 PM PT

U.S. Arms Ukraine with Tasty Meals to Fight Russian Tanks

On Thursday, I wrote about how the Obama administration had denied military aid to Ukraine, as Russian troops continue their buildup in Crimea and threaten to invade the eastern part of the country. But the story is far worse: we are actually sending Ukraine help, in the form of "meals ready-to-eat," or MREs. Rations. Mar 14, 2014 8:21 AM PT

U.S. Media Ignore Kerry's Abandonment of Israel

On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress that it would be a "mistake" to insist that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a condition of a peace agreement. That statement was a complete reversal of recent promises by Kerry and by President Barack Obama, and effectively makes a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians impossible. Yet the news was completely buried by the mainstream U.S. media. Mar 14, 2014 7:54 AM PT

5 New Possibilities in Reuters Report on Malaysia Airlines 370

Reuters reported Friday that military data suggests Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which has been missing for a week, may have been flown off course deliberately, turning westward on a trajectory towards the Middle East or Europe rather than its scheduled destination of Beijing. Citing Malaysian security sources. Reuters says that the flight was picked up by military radar following established navigational waypoints on one course, then another. Mar 14, 2014 6:45 AM PT


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