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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A Second Palestinian Civil War?

Avi Issacharoff of the Times of Israel makes a very interesting observation about the Israeli navy's seizure of an Iranian shipment of Syrian M-302 missiles destined for Gaza. The missiles, he writes, were almost certainly intended for a Palestinian terror group--not Hamas, which rules Gaza, but for Palestinian Islamic Jihad: Mar 6, 2014 1:54 PM PT

Rep. Brooks Warns 'Uninvited' of Fiscal Risk to National Security

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) spoke to 'The Uninvited II," the side conference staged by Breitbart News and EMPact America at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, warning of the dire state of U.S. government finances. We are on a "path to debilitating insolvency," he said, noting that Adm. Mike Mullen, then-Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the national debt was the "biggest through to our national security." Mar 6, 2014 12:48 PM PT

Jonah Goldberg's Prediction on Crimea Comes True

A few days ago, Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online pointed out on Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier that the language President Barack Obama was using on the Ukraine was setting him up for failure. Specifically, Obama's insistence that the future of the Ukraine "must be determined by the Ukrainian people" could equally be used to justify a referendum in the Crimea to let the heavily-Russian province decide its fate. Mar 6, 2014 10:25 AM PT

Breaking: Obama Rejects Crimea Referendum

President Barack Obama rejected a proposed Mar. 16 referendum on the future of the Crimea, which was approved 78-0 earlier Thursday by the Crimean parliament. "The proposed referendum on the future of the Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and international law," Obama said at the White House. Mar 6, 2014 10:14 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 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


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