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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Critics Accuse Virgin Galactic of Negligence: 'Russian Roulette'

Entrepreneur Richard Branson is fighting off angry allegations of mismanagement after Friday's crash of a Virgin Galactic rocket in California's Mojave Desert, with critics saying that safety problems have long been an issue. The Daily Mail reports that there were frequent warnings about safety, which the company ignored in the rush to prepare for a scheduled launch of the new $250,000-per-seat space tourism venture in 2015. Nov 2, 2014 6:06 AM PT

Jerry Brown's Real Agenda: Slow Growth for California

Gov. Jerry Brown has not been campaigning much in 2014. Up roughly 20 points in the polls, he has not needed to describe his policy proposals for a 4th term, much less reach out to voters for their support. Yet he does have an agenda, one pointed out by Samantha Gallegos of the Capitol Weekly: keeping California's economic growth slow, urging residents to live in more densely-packed cities, and spending more cash on public transportation. Nov 2, 2014 5:32 AM PT

Man in Fox News Costume Beaten in California

A California man dressed as a Fox News reporter was violently assaulted in the left-wing haven of Santa Cruz, California during an annual Halloween parade.  Nov 2, 2014 4:38 AM PT

Free at Last! Tahmooressi Released from Mexican Jail

U.S. Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi has been released from a Mexican jail, where he had languished for months on weapons charges after crossing the border with three guns in his car earlier this year. Tahmooressi has long maintained his innocence, saying that he made a wrong turn at the Mexican border and was unable to return to the U.S. upon realizing his mistake. His release became a cause célèbre for conservatives nationwide. Oct 31, 2014 5:45 PM PT

Space Crash in Mojave; 'Safety is Virgin Galactic's North Star'

Virgin Galactic, the commercial space tourism venture set to launch next year under the supervision of British investor and adventurer Richard Branson, suffered a fatal crash in California's Mojave Desert today as it was testing a new rocket engine called Space Ship Two. Oct 31, 2014 1:03 PM PT

Arab-American Leaders All-In to Defend Convicted Terrorist Odeh

On Tuesday, convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmieh Odeh will go on trial in Detroit for allegedly lying to U.S. immigration officials about her past. More than forty years ago, Odeh was sentenced to life in prison in Israel for a bombing in a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two civilians and wounded many others. She was released after ten years in a prisoner swap, and then immigrated to the U.S., telling officials nothing about her history. Oct 31, 2014 7:47 AM PT

Army Takes Over in Burkina Faso, West African Nation at Risk of Ebola

Just hours after the U.S. announced it was "deeply concerned" about mounting unrest in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, the army's General Honore Traore announced the dissolution of the government. Though there have been no reported cases of Ebola in Burkina Faso, the U.S. State Department warned in August that there was an increasing likelihood that infections might be detected in the landlocked country. Oct 30, 2014 1:38 PM PT

Shock: Gerrymandered Chicago District 'Leans Republican'

The 10th congressional district of Illinois, which was redrawn by state Democrats to make it virtually impossible for a Republican to win, is now leaning Republican, according to veteran political analyst Larry J. Sabato of the University of Virginia. Oct 30, 2014 12:20 PM PT

Jewish Girl Attacked in New Version of 'Knockout Game': 'What the Hell Are They?'

Several months ago, Americans were alarmed by the spread of the "knockout game," in which assailants on the street would punch victims, often from behind, without warning, knocking them unconscious. In Brooklyn, New York, a 13-year-old Jewish girl was attacked as part of a new violent game called, "What the hell are they?" In a bizarre twist, crowds shouted antisemitic slurs as police arrived to arrest the alleged teenaged attacker. Oct 30, 2014 11:26 AM PT

Revealed: The Tech Sector's Permanent Campaign for Amnesty

SANTA MONICA, California -- FWD.us, the immigration reform initiative founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, plans to launch a massive political push in December to support President Barack Obama's planned executive action on immigration. The organizers refer to such executive action as "administrative relief," rather than "executive amnesty," the term favored by opponents of the president's anticipated unilateral effort. Oct 29, 2014 3:29 PM PT

'Silicon Beach' Fest Draws Entrepreneurs, Advisers to USC

Silicon Beach, the rapidly-expanding tech and media corridor in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica, is the most "underestimated" technology production sector in the nation, according to mega-entrepreneur Peter Thiel. On Wednesday, the University of Southern California brought the various strands of coastal startup culture together in a day-long conference at the USC campus in downtown L.A. Oct 29, 2014 12:38 PM PT

Voter ID Debate Is Really About 2000 Recount

What all of this goes back to is the 2000 Florida recount, when a handful of "chads" decided the fate of the state's 25 electoral votes, and hence the presidential contest between George W. Bush and Al J. Gore. In the weeks that followed, Democrats claimed that many black voters had been prevented from voting after finding their names struck from the rolls, following a cleanup (purge) by the Republican Secretary of State in Florida. Oct 29, 2014 7:53 AM PT

Video: Machine Switches Votes from Republican to Democrat in IL

Video has emerged from Illinois of a "calibration error" that causes voting machines to switch votes from Republican to Democrat. The video, posted on YouTube, purportedly shows voting machines in the public library in Moline, IL registering votes as Democrat when the Republican is clearly the intended choice. Oct 29, 2014 6:42 AM PT

Jeffrey Goldberg's 'Chickensh*t' Article Blames Bibi for U.S.-Israel Breakdown

Jeffrey Goldberg, who has become something of a stenographer to President Barack Obama on foreign policy, has broken the dog-bites-man news that the Obama administration dislikes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He adds that an Obama official referred to Netanyahu as "chickenshit," though Goldberg uses that as an excuse to vent his own bile at Bibi, whom he says bears most blame for the crisis in U.S.-Israel relations. Oct 28, 2014 1:06 PM PT

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