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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Awkward Family Photos: You Belong in a Museum

The California Heritage Musuem, located in Santa Monica, features several rooms of artifacts from the state's early days, as well as new work from local artists. And now, it also houses an exhibit devoted to an Internet meme: Awkward Family Photos. The material for the exhibit is drawn directly from the blog of the same name, which creates the curious experience of walking through a presentation that visitors could easily see online. Jun 30, 2014 8:25 AM PT

Homeless People Shower on New Bus in San Francisco

In May, San Francisco introduced the "Hook-up Truck," providing intimate space for couples on the go. Now, the city is welcoming the "Lava Mae," a public shower on a bus, aimed at the city's large homeless population. Jun 30, 2014 6:41 AM PT

California Legislator Turns Tables on Texas

State Senator Ted Gaines, who represents parts of Northern California, will turn the tables on Texas Gov. Rick Perry this week when he visits Texas to recruit companies to invest in the Golden State. Gov. Perry has become notorious for his frequent visits to, and ad campaigns in, California as he touts Texas as the preferred choice for investment. In one recent visit, Perry made a pitch for Tesla to put its new electric-car battery factory in Texas. Jun 29, 2014 6:47 AM PT

California on Hold as Mexico Plays Netherlands in World Cup

Life on Sunday will be slower--and more tense--than usual, as Mexico faces the Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup round of 16 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time on Sunday. The match will take place at Fortaleza, in northeast Brazil, and will feature two of the strongest teams in the tournament. The Netherlands were dominant in Group B, winning all three of their matches, while Mexico's only Group A draw came against hosts Brazil. Jun 29, 2014 5:59 AM PT

Blue State Blues: 24 Hours, 5 Cities and No High-Speed Rail

(6:30 a.m.) For the past 24 hours, I have been on the move. Early Thursday morning, a colleague picked me up at home and we drove south to Anaheim on the I-405 and CA-22. We caught Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner to Solana Beach, then took an Uber south to La Jolla on I-5. We did the same in reverse, whereupon she drove me to Long Beach Airport. I caught the 3:15 JetBlue flight to Oakland, took the BART to San Francisco, then took the overnight Greyhound back to L.A. Jun 27, 2014 6:21 AM PT

Boies, Olson Predict Gay Marriage Nationwide

Hundreds gathered at the Fairmont Hotel on Thursday evening to hear lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson discuss their new book, Reedeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality. Boies, a Democrat, and Olson, a Republican, sued to repeal Proposition 8, California’s law banning same-sex marriage, which met its end a year ago at the U.S. Supreme Court. Jun 27, 2014 2:09 AM PT

For Rick Perry, California Visits Offer Practice for 2016

When my Breitbart California colleague Adelle Nazarian and I met Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the magnificent La Valencia hotel in tony La Jolla, he looked more like a venture capital executive than a governor. Jun 26, 2014 3:00 PM PT

Terror Victims Sue to Seize Iranian Domain Names

Victims of Iranian-sponsored terror attacks are using a new legal tactic to win justice, and fight back: seizing Iranian domain names through U.S. courts. The sixty victims, who are collectively owed $1.2 billion in damages by terror-sponsoring countries, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in Washington, D.C. against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), seeking seizure of Iranian domain names as assets. Jun 26, 2014 8:35 AM PT

California Endorses Article V Convention

Liberal Democrats in California's state legislature have endorsed a conservative proposal to use a process that is described in Article V of the U.S. Constitution to call a convention for the purpose of drafting new amendments. The proposal for an Article V convention, which has never been used since the constitution was ratified, was endorsed by conservative talk radio host Mark R. Levin in 2013 in a bestselling book, The Liberty Amendments. Jun 26, 2014 5:27 AM PT

Poll: Kashkari Trails Brown by 20%

Republican moderate Neel Kashkari begins his gubernatorial challenge to incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown 20 points behind in the latest Field Poll, released Wednesday morning. While Kashkari appears to have cemented his support among Republicans, Brown leads Kashkari among almost every other group of voters. Regionally, Brown leads everywhere except in parts of Southern California outside L.A., San Diego and Orange County. Jun 25, 2014 6:40 AM PT

Politico Celebrates Cochran: 'Cantor Looks Like an Outlier'

Politico's James Hohmann has released his list of "takeaways" from Tuesday's primaries, among which is the claim that Eric Cantor's loss in Virginia earlier this month is "an outlier" in 2014. Leaving out Tea Party victories in places like Nebraska, or the fact that Chris McDaniel forced incumbent Thad Cochran into a runoff in the first place, Hohmann sounds the all-clear for "the GOP establishment...and incumbents of both parties." Jun 25, 2014 6:32 AM PT

Shame: SF Gay Pride Parade Bans Military Recruiters

The San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade has banned military recruiters from participating in the 44th annual event, the most iconic of its kind in the world, due to the National Guard's policy against transgendered service members, and in protest against general sexual assaults in the military, the Daily Caller reports Wednesday. Jun 25, 2014 5:43 AM PT

New York Times Whitewashes Cochran's Racial Tactics

I'm not particularly aggrieved by Thad Cochran's victory in the Senate runoff in Mississippi over challenger Chris McDaniel. Cochran's tactics--ginning up fear among black Democrats by exploiting false accusations of racism against the Tea Party--may be nasty, and they certainly end whatever claim Cochran had to being a conservative or even a decent public servant. But they are not illegal, and once he decided to fight, he fought to win. There's a lesson in that for conservatives.  Jun 25, 2014 4:08 AM PT

Poll: L.A., Bay Area Love Obama; Rest of California Hates Him

A new Field Poll released Tuesday shows that 50% of registered voters in California approve of President Barack Obama's job performance, while only 39% disapprove. However, there a striking divergence between the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas on the one hand, and the rest of the state on the other. Outside the coastal counties, the president's disapproval rating in the Field Poll is 46%, while his approval rating is only 42%. Jun 24, 2014 6:19 AM PT

Israeli Startups Pitch Santa Monica Techies

A dozen Israeli tech startups pitched investors and fellow entrepreneurs in Santa Monica Monday evening, highlighting a diverse range of new innovations. From a better mousetrap (literally), to cybersecurity tools that detect and defuse flash mobs, the companies presenting at the Cross Campus workspace highlighted the cutting edge of Israeli innovation and the deepening links between experts and investors in Israelis and California. Jun 23, 2014 8:35 PM PT

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