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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Bankrupt Detroit Beats L.A. in Job Growth

The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday that a UCLA study showed that "Los Angeles has gone 23 years without job growth," losing 3.1% of the jobs it had in 1990--dead last among U.S. cities, even behind Detroit. Apr 2, 2014 6:27 AM PT

California Democrats, Embarrassed by Scandals, Cancel Lavish Golf Fundraiser

California's Democrat Party has canceled a lavish annual fundraiser "that costs as much as $65,000 per foursome," according to Reuters, after a series of corruption scandals made party leaders skittish about associating so openly with wealthy donors. The party will almost certainly continue to raise the money regardless, but will likely do so through private channels rather than spectacular, highly public events. Apr 2, 2014 6:01 AM PT

Barack Obama Is on the Wrong Side of History

President Barack Obama's self-congratulatory speech in the Rose Garden yesterday, in which he reported that 7.1 million people had signed up for Obamacare during the open enrollment period, repeated a theme he has often used against his critics: that they are on the wrong side of history. "In the end, history is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America’s progress or our people. And that’s what the Affordable Care Act represents," Obama said. Apr 2, 2014 5:47 AM PT

Ryan Budget Asks San Francisco to Pay More for Hetch Hetchy Water

The House Republican budget set to be unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday proposes to balance the federal budget in ten years. Among the many and varied measures proposed by the House Budget Committee chair to save money and raise new revenues: charging the City of San Francisco more for its use of water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Apr 1, 2014 7:40 AM PT

Politico Acknowledges GOP's Civil Rights Role--to Bash Today's GOP

Politico led Tuesday morning with a story by Todd S. Purdam on the late Rep. Bill McCulloch (R-OH), "The Republican Who Saved Civil Rights." The story is not an April Fool's Day joke. It is a rare acknowledgment that Republicans were key to pushing civil rights legislation through Congress, despite the opposition of Southern Democrats and the reluctance of some northeast Democrats. However, as usual, Politico has an agenda. Apr 1, 2014 6:30 AM PT

GM Recall Scandal Goes Straight to the White House

LaHood and the Obama administration attacked Toyota during a period when GM, now being run with direct input from the White House, had lost its #1 ranking in global auto sales. That was considered an urgent priority. So while the government was ignoring real and deadly safety problems at GM, it was trying to scare consumers about nonexistent problems at Toyota. The White House owes victims' families, and the public, an explanation. Apr 1, 2014 5:11 AM PT

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

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