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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Jeffrey Goldberg Shills for Obama's Foreign Policy--Again

Ahead of President Barack Obama's prime time do-over about ISIS, Jeffrey Goldberg has laid down some cover fire, insisting that Obama has a long list of achievements in the Middle East for which he gets no credit. En route to this "Rodney Dangerfield" defense, Goldberg actually claims that Obama is responsible for removing Syria's chemical weapons, and that he is "the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency." Sep 10, 2014 5:21 AM PT

New Yorker's Remnick Offers Weak Defense of Obama's Foreign Policy

David Remnick of the New Yorker has offered a weak, though amusing, defense of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. The liberal Remnick warns readers not to "to dismiss caution as weakness," not to think Obama's slow reactions to Vladimir Putin or the Islamic State are signs of incompetence. Rather, he says, Obama symbolizes "strategic calculation" that may yield a nuclear deal with Iran and an "uneasy truce" with Russia. Sep 7, 2014 6:55 AM PT

How Breitbart News Stopped the President's Amnesty Power Grab

In an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News' Meet the Press, President Barack Obama blamed the crisis of unaccompanied minor children at the border for prompting his decision to break his promise to use executive action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants by the summer's end. “The truth of the matter is that the politics did shift midsummer because of that problem,” Obama said, in an interview to air Sunday. Sep 7, 2014 4:43 AM PT

High-Speed Rail, as Seen from Sacramento's Capitol Corridor

SACRAMENTO, California -- High-speed rail has become one of the most contentious issues in the contest between Governor Jerry Brown and Republican challenger Neel Kashkari. In the one (and only) gubernatorial debate, Kashkari attacked the Democrat incumbent's high-speed rail policy almost immediately, and has called it the "crazy train" in ads. A majority of Californians opposes the high-speed rail plan. So why does it enjoy so much support in Sacramento? Sep 5, 2014 12:22 PM PT

Blue State Blues: Jerry Brown Is Not Invincible

Republican gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari is winning praise across the board for his performance in Thursday's night's debate against incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown. "Neel, despite looking something like Mr. Spock, proved he belonged on the same stage, was not intimidated and showed familiarity, if not mastery, of key issues," wrote Calbuzz. Yet the truth is that Kashkari did far more than prove his own competence. Sep 5, 2014 12:20 PM PT

ISIS Launches World War That Could Unite Rival Powers

The terrorists of the Islamic State (ISIS, or ISIL) have taken their fight beyond their initial enemies--the U.S. and their Arab/Muslim rivals--and have declared their intent to challenge powers far beyond, including Russia. The notion of a global conflict might satisfy the Islamic State's ideological vision of a Muslim caliphate, but it may also unite the fractured Great Powers to crush ISIS in a war that could spread across several continents.  Sep 5, 2014 7:17 AM PT

Watching the California Media Watch the Gubernatorial Debate

SACRAMENTO, California -- The state's political media filled the lobby of the Senator Hotel on a warm, dry late summer evening. Seated on folding plastic chairs and hunched over card tables draped in white, the journalists did their best to make the most of a media event from which most of them, including Breitbart News, had been shut out.  Sep 4, 2014 8:11 PM PT

Debate: Fiery Kashkari Wins on Points; Brown Resorts to Low Blows

SACRAMENTO, California -- Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari turned in a solid performance in his first--and only--debate with incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown on Thursday evening, shaking off a tough welcome from lead moderator John Myers of KQED and hammering home his arguments against Brown's policies and in favor of economic reforms that would benefit businesses expansion and job growth in the state. Sep 4, 2014 8:10 PM PT

Why Must the Safety of Americans Depend on Others?

President Barack Obama has struggled to sound convincing in recent days as he addressed the challenge of ISIS--or "ISIL," his preferred acronym for the so-called Islamic State. Obama's problem goes beyond gaffes about his lack of strategy. The fundamental issue is that he is ambivalent about his role in protecting Americans at home and abroad, and has made the safety of American citizens dependent on other nations' cooperation. Sep 4, 2014 7:08 AM PT

A Jewish Grandmother in the Minds of Two Teenage Boys

Novelist Carole Malkin is, among other accolades, the mother-in-law of writer/activist/entrepreneur Michelle Malkin. Recently, she has published two new novels: The Life and Art of Gary Geckleman and Paper Bridge. Both are coming-of-age stories, centered around teenaged Jewish boys struggling to come to terms with sex, family, religion and death in the postwar era. Both are thoughtful reflections on what manhood actually means. Sep 2, 2014 10:35 AM PT

NYT: Yeah, the New AP U.S. History Curriculum Is Biased. So What?

The New York Times editorial board has taken on Stanley Kurtz and other critics of the new AP U.S. History curriculum, alleging that they would rather cling to a "comfortable" version of events rather than one that is "more complex, unsettling, provocative and compelling." Curiously, the Times hardly bothers to contest the criticism that the new curriculum is too left-wing. If so, so much the better, the Times editorial writers suggest. Sep 2, 2014 9:08 AM PT

Et Tu, Cali? Obama Approval Crashes in Latest California Poll

President Barack Obama's approval rating has plunged below 50% among registered voters in California in a new Field Poll released Tuesday, falling to 45%, with disapproval reaching 43%. At the start of the summer, Obama enjoyed his traditional cushion among California voters, with approval at 50% and negative ratings at a mere 39%, although disapproval was high outside the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas. Sep 2, 2014 5:35 AM PT

Governor's Race: Can Kashkari Light Spark with Debate?

California voters are paying little attention to the state's gubernatorial race, in which incumbent Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown, who enjoys 20-point leads over Republican rival Neel Kashkari, has barely campaigned at all. The two will meet for their first--and apparently only--debate later this week in Sacramento, just days after Brown hailed the "bipartisan" accomplishments of a state legislative session that saw his favored bills passed easily. Sep 1, 2014 6:38 AM PT

California Media Hail 'Bipartisanship' in Sacramento

This is "bipartisanship" the way Democrats, and the mainstream media, like it: Republicans giving in on nearly every issue. From the Los Angeles Times to the San Jose Mercury News, journalists are united in praising the work that both parties did to pass a slew of bills that largely push a left-wing agenda, calling it an example for leaders in Washington. GOP leaders are basking in the temporary praise. But what, exactly, have they done? Aug 31, 2014 6:52 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Here's a Strategy--Declare a War on ISIS, and Win It

If the U.S. were to take the fight directly to the so-called Islamic State, we could not only stop the brutal atrocities ISIS is committing against civilians and soldiers alike, but we could also restore stability to Iraq, replace the brutal Assad regime in Syria, and reestablish a military deterrent against a nuclear Iran, with the aim of toppling that regime over time. Aug 29, 2014 12:58 PM PT


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