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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Misson Creep: 4 Questions About Obama's Syria Strikes

President Barack Obama ordered air strikes against ISIS targets inside Syria overnight. He received the full backing of Republican leaders in Congress. The attacks raise a number of military--and political--questions: Sep 23, 2014 6:26 AM PT

Gov't Scientists: Higher West Coast Temps Due to Natural Causes, not 'Climate Change'

A study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington has concluded that warmer sea and land temperatures along the Pacific coast in North America over the past 100 years are due to weak winds--and not due to human activities or "climate change." The study was published Monday on the eve of the UN Climate Summit by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Sep 23, 2014 5:19 AM PT

Hillary Clinton, the 'Snapchat' Candidate

If Barack Obama was the candidate of Facebook, and has governed as the President of Selfie, then Hillary Clinton is the "Snapchat" candidate--i.e. one who is eager to erase the past from collective memory. Sep 22, 2014 11:07 AM PT

Train to Vegas? Dormant Idea Revived

Leaders in Las Vegas are showing new interest in re-establishing a rail link between Sin City and Southern California, after more than 20 years without rail service. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) said that she would push for resumption of Amtrak service, after a new Amtrak bill focused on the Northeast Corridor passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Sep 22, 2014 6:25 AM PT

California Democrats Divided over Schools Superintendent Race

At the core of the fight among Democrats is a battle over education reform--one that is being fought hardest in California, but which is taking place in state capitals and city councils around the country. On one side are the teachers' unions, the very core of the Democratic Party's union muscle, which put their members' interests first. On the other are an ambitious generation of reformers, struggling to break the unions stranglehold on policy. Sep 21, 2014 6:59 AM PT

California GOP Convention: A Divided Party Fights for Its Survival

Despite a rousing speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who indicated that he would soon open an office in the state in pursuit of his presidential ambitions, California's Republican Party convention in Los Angeles, "Reclaim California," sounded a note of division, with three prominent Republicans declining to support the party's candidate for governor, amidst growing concern about the party's future as a statewide political institution. Sep 21, 2014 6:28 AM PT

Poroshenko Tells Congress: 'Just Like Israel, Ukraine Has the Right to Defend Her Territory'

Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko gave a stirring address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress Thursday, pleading for "military equipment--both non-lethal and lethal" in his country's ongoing struggle to resist Russian invasion. He received a warm welcome from both houses and both parties--though his presence was surely a rebuke to the White House, which stood by as Russia annexed the Crimea and invaded eastern Ukraine. Sep 18, 2014 12:15 PM PT

Obama's Kipling-esque Mission in Liberia

Nothing better encapsulates President Barack Obama’s foreign policy than the glaring contrast Tuesday between his adamant refusal to send ground troops to confront the threat of the Islamic State terror group, on the one hand, and his sudden announcement that he would be sending 3,000 troops to Liberia to help that country contain its deadly Ebola outbreak, on the other. Sep 17, 2014 5:27 AM PT

Scott Brown Also Ran on National Security in 2010

It is too easy to forget that the other issue Brown campaigned on in that election was opposition to the Obama administration’s attempts to try 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, among other terrorists, in a federal court in New York City rather than a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay. Sep 15, 2014 7:15 AM PT

Advice: Keep the Clintons on Offense

Hillary Clinton is back in the spotlight she never left, turning up with her husband Bill in Iowa over the weekend, fueling talk about her inevitable second attempt at the presidency. Yet her presentation seemed tone-deaf at times—even referencing the movie Poltergeist—and the moment, with Obama’s foreign policy falling apart, does not flatter her recent political record. Sep 15, 2014 7:07 AM PT

Caution: Life in Santa Monica May Be Less than Perfect

SANTA MONICA, California -- The Associated Press reports that the city of Santa Monica, California beat 300 other towns in competing for $1 million in funding from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge to study "just how much people in this picture-postcard town really like living here." It might seem odd that the question might even need to be asked in this beachside town, with spectacular scenery and excellent services. Sep 14, 2014 1:31 PM PT

Dershowitz on 'Terror Tunnels': 'My Weapon Is the Truth'

Professor Alan Dershowitz has released a new e-book, Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel's Just War Against Hamas, that provides an essential primer on the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Dershowitz argues--clearly and conclusively--that Israel's war effort was not only fully justified in terms of international law, but that it was also carried out in accordance with the highest regard for the human rights of Palestinians. Sep 14, 2014 12:15 PM PT


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