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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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

Daily Beast Resurrects Zombie Charge Against Tom Cotton

Maybe it's the approach of Halloween, or an impending sense of defeat for pro-Obamacare Democrats like Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. Whatever the reason, the Daily Beast's Asawin Suebsaeng is trying--rather desperately--to scare voters by resurrecting a long-dead argument: that Rep. Tom Cotton, now just days away from winning Pryor's U.S. Senate seat, wants to prosecute journalists--just like the Obama administration has been doing. Oct 28, 2014 5:35 AM PT

Under Pressure, L.A. Times Shifts Coverage of Minimum Wage

There has been a noticeable shift in coverage of the Los Angeles minimum wage debate by the local media in recent days, moving from a default embrace of Mayor Eric Garcetti's election-year proposal to growing anxiety of the lack of debate in the city about the proposal. The shift in coverage appears to coincide with a media campaign launched by Capitol Media Partners, the home of conservative foreign policy guru Richard Grenell. Oct 27, 2014 2:31 PM PT

The State Dept.'s (Im)moral Equivalence Between Innocent Jew and Violent Arab

Last week, the U.S. State Department offered its "deepest condolences" to the family of 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem, and was also a U.S. citizen. This past weekend, the State Department offered "deepest condolences" to the family of Orwa Hammad, a 17-year-old Palestinian and U.S. citizen who was shot by Israeli troops as he threw rocks and firebombs at civilian drivers. Oct 27, 2014 8:07 AM PT

NYT Confirms ISIS Mock Executions

Since the brutal executions of James Foley and other ISIS hostages began, there has been a small and fairly insignificant attempt to highlight the fact that he and others denounced the U.S., as if he was some kind of traitor, and as if his statements were not made under extreme duress. A lengthy article in the New York Times documents the torture Foley endured--which included, among other things, the use of mock executions: Oct 27, 2014 7:44 AM PT

Rand Paul Speech Wins Breathless Praise from Liberal Media

Sen. Rand Paul gave a very interesting foreign policy speech last week, laying out the case for "conservative realism." The task of balancing small-government ideals with national security needs is one with which our country has grappled since its founding. My colleague, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, has addressed the substance of the speech. More interesting, perhaps, is the effusive praise it won from the liberal wonks at Ezra Klein's Vox.com. Oct 27, 2014 7:16 AM PT

CAIR Hosts San Diego Candidates at Islamic Center Debate

Incumbent Democrat Rep. Scott Peters and Republican challenger Carl DeMaio debated Sunday evening at the Islamic Center of San Diego, the latest contest in their close race for the 52nd congressional district seat. The debate was sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that was an un-indicted co-conspirator in a prominent terror funding trial, and that holds radical views on Middle East issues. Oct 27, 2014 5:54 AM PT

Study: Voting by Non-Citizens Tips Balance for Democrats

"Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens?" That is the question posed by political scientists Jesse Richman and David Earnest, who answer in a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies: "Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races." And, the researchers note, 80% of non-citizen votes go to Democrats. Oct 26, 2014 6:48 AM PT

'Got Your Back': Worst Political Cliché of 2014

The phrase "got your back" is one of President Barack Obama's favorites. He deploys it to indicate to various groups that he supports them, even if he does so quietly. (The most notorious case: Obama's assurances to pro-Israel voters that he has "Israel's back," though he has often undermined the U.S.-Israel alliance.) Lately, the phrase has been used by other Democrats, and Republicans have picked it up, too. It is time to get rid of it. Oct 26, 2014 6:34 AM PT

Fake 'Republican' Group Sends Mailer Endorsing Candidate Who Lost in Primary

The California Republican Taxpayers Association (CRTA), a group exposed by John Hrabe of the Flash Report for its campaign mail irregularities, has struck again--this time sending a mailer to Los Angeles-area voters that includes a Republican candidate who is not actually on the ballot. The mailer endorses--and is partly sponsored by--a variety of other candidates that includes some liberal Democrats as well as some Republican contenders. Oct 26, 2014 6:18 AM PT

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

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