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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Measure L: Sacramento's Tarnished Mayor Wants Even More Power

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson has leveraged his past NBA basketball career into political success. This Nov. 4, he is asking the voters of California's capital city to approve Measure L, which would concentrate power in his office. He is being supported by his wife, noted school reformer Michelle Rhee, who has defended the measure in public debates. Yet Johnson's record provides ample reason why he should not be trusted with more control. Oct 26, 2014 5:11 AM PT

Anti-Israel Activists Place Pig's Head in Kosher Meat Section

Anti-Israel activists in South Africa placed a pig's head in the kosher meat section of a Woolworth's grocery story in Cape Town, rendering all of the meat inedible for Jews who keep kosher. The action by the Congress of South African Students was aimed squarely at South Africa's Jewish community, amidst a "boycott, divestment, sanctions" (BDS) campaign to force Woolworth's to stop selling Israeli food products, such as tomatoes. Oct 24, 2014 8:29 AM PT

Frank Mankiewicz (1924-2014): NPR's Defining Liberal

Frank Mankiewicz, the politico-turned-journalist who made National Public Radio (NPR) what it is today, died on Thursday evening. He was remembered by the New York Times as the press secretary for Robert F. Kennedy and the campaign manager for George McGovern. Yet his greatest legacy is the fashioning of NPR into a liberal network that enjoys unique credibility with the intellectual elite and sets the tone for the mainstream media. Oct 24, 2014 6:25 AM PT

Blue State Blues: I'm Tired of Watching Other Countries Spike the Football

You had to feel just the slightest tinge of jealousy watching the members of the Canadian parliament give a lengthy standing ovation to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, the 58-year-old who killed a terrorist and defended democracy on Wednesday. Imagine if we in the United States still had the self-confidence to celebrate our heroes. Imagine if we could, even for just a moment, cheer for them--and each other. For who and what we are. Oct 24, 2014 4:51 AM PT

Airport Supporters: Two-thirds of Santa Monicans Back Measure D

Supporters of Measure D, which would require any changes to Santa Monica Airport (SMO) to be approved by the voters, are confident that they can "trounce" their opponents at the polls and defeat rival Measure LC, which would allow the airport to be closed without voter approval. Dave Spady, a lawyer who represents a pro-Measure D group, told Breitbart News on Thursday that several internal opinion polls consistently show support for Measure D at "66-68 percent," while support for Measure LC is about "31-33 percent."  Oct 23, 2014 1:29 PM PT

CNN's Costello Apologizes for 'Enjoying' Violence Against Bristol Palin

CNN anchor Carol Costello has apologized for mocking the audio this week of a tearful Bristol Pail describing being assaulted at a party that became the stuff of tabloid speculation last month. "Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize," Costello said Thursday in a statement to Dylan Byers of Politico. Oct 23, 2014 12:53 PM PT

U.S. Must Cut Aid to Palestinian Authority--Immediately

The Palestinian terror group Hamas, which serves in the unity government of the Palestinian Authority, has praised Wednesday's attack on a light rail bus station in Jerusalem that killed a 3-month-old baby who happens to be a U.S. citizen. According to the Jerusalem Post, a Hamas spokesman said: “The attack in Jerusalem is an act of heroism and a natural response to the crimes of the occupation against our people and our holy places." Oct 23, 2014 6:16 AM PT

California Sets Up Ebola Hotline to Calm Panicked Residents

The California Department of Public Health has established an Ebola hotline to calm panicked residents, as two Sacramento-area residents are being monitored for possible symbols of the deadly hemmorhagic fever. In a statement Tuesday, state public health director Dr. Ron Chapman said that the Ebola hotline, 855-421-5921, had been established "to answer questions from those concerned about the possibility of Ebola in California." Oct 23, 2014 5:44 AM PT

Exclusive: Yazidi Commander Killed by ISIS; Massacres Feared on Mt. Sinjar

A leading commander of Yazidi volunteer forces resisting the advance of ISIS guerrillas was killed by mortar fire on Wednesday, according to Breitbart News sources. Khairi Murad Shex Khider, who led several hundred Yazidi fighters in the area of Skiniya, died after running out of ammunition and being hit by ISIS mortars while trying to retreat and resupply. Yazidi activists now fear that Mt. Sinjar could be overrun by ISIS without U.S. help. Oct 23, 2014 4:41 AM PT

How the Measure LC Campaign Lies to Santa Monica Voters

Supporters of Measure LC, a local ballot initiative that would allow the Santa Monica City Council to close the municipal airport when its operating agreement expires next year, have resorted to blatant lies in an effort to fool the public. Their goal is to defeat a rival initiative, Measure D, that would require any change to the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) to be approved by the voters in a referendum, effectively reducing the council's power. Oct 22, 2014 10:07 PM PT

Are Democrats' Panicked Fundraising Emails Hurting Their Poll Numberss?

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) seems to suffer from some kind of depression--at least, if her daily fundraising emails are any indication. At least once daily, those unfortunate enough to be on Brownley's email list receive frantic appeals for money, with emotionally desperate messages. On Tuesday evening alone, Brownley sent me three emails: the first cried "RE: BAD news:"; the second shouted "WOOHOO!!!"; the last merely said "I wish." Oct 22, 2014 11:48 AM PT

Flash Report: Beware Mailers from Fake Republican Groups

John Hrabe of the Flash Report reports that a shady group calling itself the "California Republican Taxpayers Association" has been sending slate mailers that actually support tax hikes to registered Republican voters in the state. The group, which Hrabe says may be operating in violation of state law, purports to oppose taxes but--for the right price--misleads Republican voters by backing candidates and ballot measures that will raise taxes. Oct 22, 2014 11:09 AM PT

In Elegant Ruling, Federal Judge Upholds Traditional Marriage in Puerto Rico

A federal judge has upheld Puerto Rico's traditional marriage law, bucking the recent trend of federal courts to strike down state laws enshrining traditional marriage. District judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez, a Carter appointee, delivered a ruling that relied on a conservative reading of the Constitution and legal precedent, and created the potential for a split among the U.S. circuits that could prod the Supreme Court to take up the question in future. Oct 22, 2014 6:21 AM PT

L.A. City Council Advances GMO Ban, Despite 2012 Vote on Prop 37

Radical environmental activists convinced the Los Angeles city council Tuesday to draft an ordinance banning the production or sale of genetically modified organisms (GMO) within the city limits, less than two years after the voters of California rejected Proposition 37, which would have forced the labeling of GMO foods. The ban flies in the face of scientific evidence that there is no significant public health or environmental hazard from GMO. Oct 22, 2014 4:42 AM PT

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