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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George Will to CPAC: Democrats in 2016!

Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor George Will touted the benefits of divided government in his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday. Mar 6, 2014 8:06 AM PT

George Will to CPAC: Democrats in 2016!

Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor George Will touted the benefits of divided government in his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday.  Mar 6, 2014 7:47 AM PT

My Fellow Conservatives: Schadenfreude is Not a Foreign Policy

We conservatives are overdue for a bit of gloating at President Barack Obama and the liberal media on foreign policy. It feels good see the Smartest President Ever™ schooled by "Caribou Barbie," who actually predicted the Russian invasion of Ukraine five years ago, as well as by Willard Mitt Romney, who earned spitballs of snark for daring to suggest in 2012 that Russia was our number one geopolitical enemy. But... but... Binders of Women! Mar 5, 2014 2:48 PM PT

Netanyahu Visits Israeli Settlement in California

If Israel is "America’s 51st state,” as some Israelis sometimes joke, then Silicon Valley might be an Israeli settlement. There are so many Israeli high-tech companies, and so many Israeli entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, that it was virtually home turf when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Wednesday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Mar 5, 2014 2:13 PM PT

Obama Cuts Funds for Israeli Missile Defense

In the same week that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted a Gaza-bound shipment of Syrian missiles from Iran, President Barack Obama is asking Congress to reduce U.S. funding for Israel's missile defense programs by $200 million. Mar 5, 2014 10:25 AM PT

Cleric: Radical Muslim Wife Is a 'Time Bomb in Bed'

Egyptian cleric Sheik Mazhar Shahin has issued a fatwa permitting Muslim men to divorce their wives if they are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, saying that a radical Muslim wife is a "time bomb in bed" whose husband is sleeping with a "sleeper cell." Mar 5, 2014 10:04 AM PT

Israel: Stopping 'Rouhani's Rockets' Saved 'Millions of Lives'

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, speaking for the Israel Defense Force (IDF), told reporters Wednesday afternoon that the Iranian shipment of Syrian M-302 missiles in the Red Sea by naval commandos in Operation Full Disclosure saved "millions of lives" among Israeli civilians. Mar 5, 2014 9:30 AM PT

Moody's Downgrades Chicago--Again

Less than a year after suffering a major investment downgrade, Chicago has been downgraded again. Moody's Investment Services announced Tuesday that it was lowering Chicago's rating from A3 to Baa1, three levels above junk bond status. Last July, Moody's downgraded Chicago from Aa3 to A3. President Barack Obama's adopted hometown now has the lowest municipal bond rating of any city in the U.S. except bankrupt Detroit. Mar 5, 2014 8:31 AM PT

Israel's Seizure of Iran Weapons Most Significant in 12 Years

When naval commandos from the Israel Defense Force (IDF) boarded the Panama-registered Klos-C merchant ship early Wednesday morning, they uncovered the most significant illicit Iranian arms shipment since the Karine A incident in 2002. According to news reports, the shipment included "advanced Syrian M-302 missiles, with a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) and a payload of up to 170 kilograms (375 pounds)." Mar 5, 2014 8:06 AM PT

Palestinians: Bibi Declared War at AIPAC

The Palestinian Authority said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Tuesday amounted to a unilateral declaration that talks were over. Nabil Shaath told Agence France-Presse that Netanyahu's remarks were "an official announcement of a unilateral end to negotiations," and that the Palestinians "totally reject" a demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Mar 4, 2014 11:38 AM PT

The One Thing Obama's Done Right on Ukraine

There is so much to criticize in the Obama administration's response to Russia's intervention in the Ukraine, from the wishy-washy appeals to the "international community," to the ridiculous complaint that Vladimir Putin is playing by "19th century" rules. Even when the president has tried to sound tough--mocking Putin's international law claims on Tuesday--he has sounded snarky rather than strong. And yet--he's finally on point. Mar 4, 2014 10:14 AM PT

Netanyahu to AIPAC: 'We Will Never Be Brought to the Brink of Extinction Again'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told thousands of pro-Israel activists in Washington on Tuesday that Israel was prepared to do whatever it felt necessary to stop Iran's nuclear program. "We will never be brought to the brink of extinction again," he said. "I will do whatever I must do to defend the Jewish State of Israel." He argued that the only way to make war less likely was to place Iran under greater pressure. Mar 4, 2014 7:49 AM PT

At AIPAC, Menendez Breaks with Obama on Iran

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Menendez (D-NJ) addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference on Tuesday morning and took a dramatically different stance than that which Secretary of State John Kerry outlined on Monday. He pushed for new sanctions that would take effect the six-month interim nuclear deal failed: "We may not have time," he said, to pass new sanctions afterward. Mar 4, 2014 7:01 AM PT

Pro-Israel SEIU Leader Addresses AIPAC

During Friday's final plenary session at the Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), thousands of pro-Israel activists were addressed by Olga Miranda, president of Local 87 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). In the course of describing her pro-Israel views, she led the crowd in a chant of "¡Si, se puede!" ("Yes we can!"), and asked those present to support immigration reform in the U.S. Mar 4, 2014 6:42 AM PT

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