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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GOP's Kashkari Crashes Teachers' Union Confab in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari held a press conference at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) conference in Los Angeles, demanding school reform and attacking incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown for doing nothing to stop the violation of the civil rights of minority children. Jul 11, 2014 12:23 PM PT

TV Industry's High World Cup Ratings: Will They Last?

World Cup ratings are high--astronomically so. National Public Radio reports that ESPN and Univision, which acquired the rights to broadcast the tournament in English and Spanish, respectively (with Univision paying three times the price!), are celebrating some of the highest ratings they have ever recorded--for anything. But as NPR's Renee Montagne and the Sport Business Journal's John Ourand admit, that's not likely to boost ratings for soccer overall in the U.S. Jul 11, 2014 5:34 AM PT

Obama's 'Cease-Fire' Offer Is a Betrayal of Israel

President Barack Obama offered Thursday to broker a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians--actually, the Hamas terror organization. That is one of the worst ideas, among many contenders, ever proffered by the Obama administration. The effect of the cease-fire would be to stop Israel from defending its citizens from Hamas, and to preserve the terrorist group's arsenal and infrastructure for future use in another round of war. Jul 10, 2014 3:46 PM PT

Realtors: Chinese Cash Buyers Drive California Real Estate Bubble

Chinese buyers from abroad are inflating California's real estate prices, spending $22 billion in the past year alone to acquire U.S. assets that are viewed as hedges against China's slackening growth. The result is pricing many California residents out of the real estate market, and creating a second housing bubble that threatens to end just as badly as the 2006-8 housing crash, from which the state's economy is only beginning to recover.  Jul 10, 2014 8:32 AM PT

Millennials Believe Government Has Failed--and Yet They Want More of It

Two-thirds of millennials--the 18-29-year-olds who were key to the election and re-election of President Barack Obama--now say that government is inefficient and wasteful. And yet just as many of them say they want more government, regardless: they want government to provide health insurance, they want government to guarantee a living wage, they want government to pay for college, and they want government to provide for the poor. Jul 10, 2014 6:54 AM PT

'Nuclear Terrorism': Hamas Targeting of Dimona Reactor Meets UN Definition

The terrorist group Hamas claimed late Wednesday that it attempted to target Israel's nuclear reactor in the desert town of Dimona by firing three long-range M-75 rockets at the facility. One of the rockets was destroyed in mid-flight by Israel's Iron Dome system, and two fell harmlessly in the rocky Negev. However, merely by targeting the nuclear facility, Hamas has committed nuclear terrorism, according to United Nations treaties. Jul 10, 2014 4:25 AM PT

Pro-Amnesty Protest: Would Obama Send His Kids 'Back to Kenya'?

PORT HUENEME -- Over 100 pro-amnesty activists from Southern California traveled to Naval Base Ventura County on Tuesday to stage a demonstration outside the gates to demand "humane treatment" for illegal aliens who have been transferred there from Texas by U.S. Border Patrol. The aliens, many of them unaccompanied children, are from Central America and crossed the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a massive recent migration. Jul 8, 2014 1:07 PM PT

CA Man Prevented from Displaying U.S. Flag Inside Home

Steve Roberts, a resident of suburban Santee, CA in San Diego County, says that the owners of his apartment complex are preventing him from displaying the American flag inside his home. The flag, which is hung in his front window, is hidden when the blinds are closed, and is a tribute to Roberts's father, who served in the military for 25 years, according to a report by Ashlee DeMartino of ABC News affiliate KGTV-10 San Diego. Jul 8, 2014 11:48 AM PT

Israel Tweets Photo of Hamas Using 'Human Shields'

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted a photograph of Hamas firing a rocket at Israel from within a civilian area of the Gaza Strip, accusing the terror group of using "human shields," as it has done in previous conflicts. Jul 8, 2014 6:18 AM PT

Operation Protective Edge: Where Will Israel Stop?

As Israel undertakes Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, questions linger about the strategic objective. Is it just to stop and deter Hamas rocket fire against Israeli civilians? Or is it to invade and reoccupy the Gaza Strip, with the aim of ousting Hamas altogether? Jul 8, 2014 6:02 AM PT

2nd Amusement Park Accident in 1 Week for SoCal

Barely a week after San Diego's Sea World amusement ride lost power, trapping four dozen people in midair for hours, another Southern California amusement park has suffered a harrowing midair accident. The Ninja roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles struck a fallen tree on Monday afternoon, injuring four passengers and leaving several stranded aboard the damaged ride until they were rescued after several hours. Jul 7, 2014 10:12 PM PT

'Tequila Party' Asks Holder to Prosecute Tea Party for Murrieta 'Terrorism'

The "Tequila Party," a Latino group formed in opposition to the Tea Party, wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey on Monday to request that the Tea Party and several officials be investigated for their role in protesting and blocking the transfer of illegal aliens captured in Texas to Murrieta, California. The protests on July 1 turned back three busloads of aliens, though more are scheduled to arrive. Jul 7, 2014 11:33 AM PT

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