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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Recycling 'Toilet Water' Gains Appeal for Drought-Stricken California

Californians may be rethinking widespread opposition to using recycled water for drinking, reports Brian Resnick of National Journal. In the past, the option of using treated wastewater to augment the state's drinking supply has been rejected by voters. But in the midst of one of the worst drought California has ever experienced, Orange County is considering the option, and Gov. Jerry Brown has included it among the state's responses. Apr 17, 2014 5:52 AM PT

California's Royce to Lead Delegation to Ukraine

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is leading a congressional delegation to Ukraine during the two-week April House recess, the Orange County Register reports. Apr 14, 2014 12:53 PM PT

Crane: 'Jerry Brown Hoodwinks Reporters'

David Crane, a lecturer at Stanford University's Institute for Economic Policy Research, admits that he donated to Gov. Jerry Brown and voted for him in 2010. And yet, says Crane, Brown is guilty of many of the same tricks that earlier California governors pulled to make their budgets seem rosier than they actually are. In fact, Crane says in an op-ed at Bloomberg News, Brown has succeeded, like his predecessors, in "hoodwinking" reporters. Apr 14, 2014 12:24 PM PT

Attacks on Kansas Jewish Community: This is What Hatred Looks Like

Since the 2010 midterm election, we've seen many Democrats and the mainstream media attempt to label mass shootings by deranged people as political "hate crimes" by conservatives and the Tea Party. The enthusiasm for such prejudice has declined somewhat recently, but it lingers in the background whenever such events occur. Apr 14, 2014 10:08 AM PT

To Stop Russia, Cancel Obama's 'New Start'

Among the many dubious legacies of "moderate" Republicans is the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as "New START," which the Senate ratified in December 2010, just after the electorate had delivered a resounding condemnation of the Obama administration's left-wing agenda. New START was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ill-conceived and ill-fated "reset" with Russia. Apr 14, 2014 8:41 AM PT

The Christian Victims of Antisemitic Hatred

In 1999, as I was preparing to leave my home town of Skokie, IL for six months of study in Israel, an antisemitic white supremacist fanatic went on a shooting spree in the area. He wounded several Jews, none of whom died. He did, however, kill a black man--Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, who was out for a walk with his family. I knew Byrdsong personally: he had written me a letter as I was graduating high school. Apr 14, 2014 6:43 AM PT

Grandfather, Grandson Killed at KC Jewish Center: Neither Was Jewish

A grandfather and grandson were among the victims in a shooting at the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, according to the Kansas City Star. The alleged shooter, a man in his 70s, opened fire at the center and at a nearby Jewish retirement home, shouting "Heil Hitler!" as he was arrested. Ironically, neither the grandfather, William Lewis Corporon, nor his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, was Jewish. Apr 13, 2014 6:36 PM PT

3 Dead in Shooting at Kansas Jewish Center: Gunman Yelled 'Heil Hitler'

Two people are dead and one is reportedly in critical condition, according to ABC News, after a shooting spree at a Jewish community center and retirement facility in Overland Park, Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that police arrested one male suspect at 2:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Hundreds of students were reportedly at the community center for local "KC SuperStar" auditions and for the rehearsal of To Kill a Mockingbird. Apr 13, 2014 1:32 PM PT

'Blood Moon' Eclipse on Holy Monday Sparks Prophecies of 'Rapture'

A rare "blood moon tetrad" will arrive with the start of a total lunar eclipse, beginning late on Monday evening--or, on the East Coast, early Tuesday morning. The eclipse, in which the full moon will be darkened by the earth's shadow, will coincide with the Jewish festival of Passover. In a bizarre, rare calendrical coincidence, the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in October will also feature a solar eclipse--as will both Passover and Sukkot next year as well. The series of four blood-red eclipses has sparked several conspiracy theories and amateur prophecies. Apr 13, 2014 12:06 PM PT

Feds, State Release Emergency Water Plan--but No Long-Term Solutions

The California state government announced last week that federal and state water management agencies had agreed on a new plan for managing the state's water needs over the next several months, in the midst of one of the most severe droughts ever experienced. However, the plan does not discuss proposals for long-term solutions to the crisis, including disputes over irrigation and the need for greater water storage facilities. Apr 13, 2014 6:41 AM PT

CA High-Speed Rail Lowers Revenue Projections

In a new business plan submitted to state legislators last week, the California High-Speed Rail Authority offered lower revenue projections than it had two years before, predicting that revenue will be "5 percent lower than originally projected by 2025 and 10 percent lower by 2040," according to a report by Sacramento's Apr 13, 2014 6:32 AM PT

Obama to Raise DNC Cash in Silicon Valley--Again--in May

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Obama will return to the Bay Area in early May for two fundraisers--one at the home of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer, the other at the home of 23andMe CEO Ann Wojcicki, who is separated from husband Sergei Brin, co-founder of Google. Meyer also hosted Obama for a fundraiser in 2010. Apr 13, 2014 6:28 AM PT

Poll: Another Republican Leads Statewide CA Race

A Field Poll released Saturday indicates that Republican Ashley Swearengin, the mayor of Fresno, leads the race for State Controller, garnering 28% of the support of likely voters, 9% ahead of her closest rival. However, the combined total of the second- and third-place candidates, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Assembly Speaker John Perez--both Democrats--is 33%, suggesting that Swearengin may face long future odds. Apr 13, 2014 6:26 AM PT


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