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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Maldives Islanders: We Saw Malaysia Airlines Jet

A new twist has emerged in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, as a newspaper in the Indian Ocean nation of the Malvides has reported that residents of the remote island of Kuda Huvadhoo report having seen a low-flying aircraft early in the morning on the night that the Boeing 777 disappeared. Mar 18, 2014 10:44 AM PT

The Case for War

Vladimir Putin seizes the Crimea, so we blockade the Bosporus. Iran defies the UN, so we sink its Persian Gulf fleet. China expands its air defense zone, so we start downing Chinese fighters. North Korea fires some missiles, so we send a CIA assassin with Dennis Rodman's entourage on the next basketball trip. Why is has any of this become unthinkable? We're the world's lone superpower--since when did we become such complete wimps? Mar 18, 2014 8:10 AM PT

Two Years After Romney, Biden Visits Poland

In 2012, when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Poland to show solidarity with the newly free democracies of Eastern Europe, the American media mocked him. "What about your gaffes?" a journalist shrieked as Romney left a war memorial in Poland, sharing the exasperation of the media at Romney's refusal to acknowledge their view that he had lost the foreign policy debate to the president who nailed Osama bin Laden. Mar 18, 2014 6:41 AM PT

Palestinian Terrorists Complain: Jews Love Jerusalem More than We Do

Ramadan Shalah, the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization, which is funded, armed and controlled by Iran, lamented at a recent conference in Tehran that Jews love the disputed city of Jerusalem more than Palestinians and Muslims do, according to the Times of Israel, citing a recording of the conference obtained by Israel's Army Radio. Mar 18, 2014 6:18 AM PT

Obama's Weak Foreign Policy: He's Just Fulfilling a Campaign Promise

There has been a chorus of criticism--and ridicule--surrounding President Barack Obama's response to Russia's impending annexation of Crimea. Having failed, after several long telephone conversations, to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Obama is now responding with sanctions against seven--seven--individuals in the Russian government. Charles Krauthammer called Obama's response "humiliating," and it certainly is. But say this for Obama: he is keeping his campaign promise. Mar 18, 2014 5:08 AM PT

Asian-Americans Show Clout as Latinos Become California's Largest Minority

Asian-American leaders succeeded Monday in stopping an effort in the California legislature to overturn Proposition 209, which banned the use of race in admissions at state universities after its passage in 1996. Meanwhile, Latinos were set to become the state's largest ethnic group by the end of March, at 39 percent of the state. Whites form just under 39 percent, Asian-Americans roughly 14 percent, and blacks under 7 percent. Mar 17, 2014 3:15 PM PT

The 'Brainy Bracket': Villanova to Win NCAA Tourney

In the spirit of March Madness, I've filled out my own NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket. However, I don't follow college basketball much, and I can't pretend to know enough about the teams to make any neat predictions. So I've opted for a different method: I pick whichever team ranks higher in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of the best colleges, putting academic excellence first, though it is largely irrelevant. Mar 17, 2014 2:32 PM PT

Architect of California's Non-Physician Abortion Law Leaves for Buffett Foundation

Dr. Tracy Weitz, the sociologist whose research provided the basis for California's new law permitting non-physicians to perform first-trimester abortions, has left the state to join the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation in Omaha, NE as the director of its domestic philanthropy. Among other causes, the Buffett Foundation supports Planned Parenthood and has "long taken the foundation into the heart of the abortion battle." Mar 17, 2014 1:23 PM PT

Why Aren't Democrats Running on the Shutdown?

Why aren't we seeing commercials like that? After all, if the shutdown last fall was so damaging to the GOP, why aren't Democrats making it an issue? Why are they focusing instead on how their candidates should talk about Obamacare? The answer can't just be that Obamacare's problems have obscured the shutdown. The reality is that, however imperfect, the shutdown focused and sharpened Republican opposition to Obamacare. Mar 17, 2014 12:41 PM PT

At White House, Obama Whitewashes Abbas

President Barack Obama met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday, telling the press at a joint conference that Abbas is "somebody who has consistently renounced violence." Yet while he himself has not carried out violent acts, Abbas built his political career in the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and has repeatedly praised terrorism in recent months, much to the alarm of Israelis. Mar 17, 2014 12:19 PM PT

Top 5 Consequences of Putin's 'Crimea Reset'

Russia has pushed the "reset" button all right, resetting history and geography to take the Crimea back, while the U.S. and the European Union do virtually nothing. The White House announced Monday morning that President Barack Obama had imposed a set of sanctions on the Russian arms industry and senior Russian officials, but no one close to Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, according to the UK Telegraph. Mar 17, 2014 7:58 AM PT

Low Expectations Ahead of Abbas WH Visit

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House today, amidst low expectations for an Israeli-Palestinian peace process that has stalled despite strenuous U.S. efforts. Mar 17, 2014 7:27 AM PT

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


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