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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State of Emergency in NorCal After Quake; 49ers Play On

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday, following a magnitude-6.0 earthquake that struck at 3:20 a.m. and was the region's strongest in 25 years. The San Francisco 49ers announced early in the day that their game at the new Levi's Stadium against the visiting San Diego Chargers would still be held. Aug 24, 2014 4:42 PM PT

Paul Ryan: The Loneliest Man in Washington (Review: 'The Way Forward')

What Ryan offers in The Way Forward is less a policy manifesto and more a personal profile: the memoir is perfectly timed to fuel speculation about the Republican presidential field in 2016. Ryan has left the door open to running--if not now, then certainly in the long future ahead. His greatest challenge will be to build a wider base of support. In that sense, the way forward remains a murky one. Aug 24, 2014 2:39 PM PT

Honest Reporting: Time Magazine Spews Blood Libel

The media watchdogs at have caught Time magazine in a classic antisemitic blood libel, spreading the myth that Jews harvest organs from dead Palestinians. Aug 24, 2014 11:07 AM PT

Fault Lines in L.A. Over New Subway Construction

As residents of Northern California reel from the strongest earthquake in 25 years, debate rages in Los Angeles over how a buried tectonic fault might affect the path of a new subway line--or whether the fault exists at all. Aug 24, 2014 8:17 AM PT

Blue State Blues: Why Are Conservatives Targeting Paul Ryan?

This week's indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry was a reminder of how Democrats and the media tear down any possible conservative contender for the presidency with frivolous lawsuits and baseless investigations. The trouble is that we conservatives do a fairly good job of tearing down potential leaders ourselves. The latest dubious target is Paul Ryan, who carried Tea Party and conservative hopes in the 2012 presidential election. Aug 22, 2014 2:24 PM PT

Al Sharpton: Obama's Racial Pyromaniac

Politico's Glenn Thrush reports in this week's edition of the magazine that Al Sharpton has become President Barack Obama's "go-to man on race" in Ferguson and elsewhere. Thrush tells the story as one of Sharpton's own reform and revival, dwelling on his weight loss, his self-professed caution with words, and criticism (envy?) from his old allies on the left. Yet he leaves out a few crucial details that are important to the Sharpton story. Aug 22, 2014 5:52 AM PT

5 Ways Hamas is Like ISIS

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared ISIS (Islamic State) and Hamas, calling them "branches of the same tree." The Obama administration, in the person of Marie Harf, declined to do the same. Yet while Hamas is focused on destroying Israel and ISIS is trying to build a new Sunni caliphate, there is little else to distinguish them, and several reasons both ought to be considered part of the same terror threat. Aug 21, 2014 7:24 AM PT

Giant Duck Arrives in Los Angeles

SAN PEDRO -- Hundreds of onlookers gathered at the Los Angeles Waterfront to greet the world's largest inflatable duck on its first visit to the West Coast of the U.S. as part of the local Tall Ships festival. Aug 21, 2014 6:42 AM PT

The Palestinian Authority is Not an Alternative to Hamas

One of the more important strategic problems Israel faces as it returns to war in Gaza--this time with an even stronger case for deposing Hamas--is what to do in the aftermath. One member of the Israeli Cabinet, dovish justice minister Tzipi Livni, has introduced a plan that calls for replacing Hamas with the Palestinian Authority (PA), which the terror group dislodged from parliament in a 2006 election, and from office in a 2007 coup. Aug 21, 2014 6:28 AM PT

Obama: Islamic State 'Has No Place in the 21st Century'

In a statement delivered from his vacation site in Martha's Vineyard, President Barack Obama reacted on Wednesday to the execution of American journalist James Foley by the terrorists of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). While he proposed no specific American action in response to Foley's murder, Obama said: "One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century." Aug 20, 2014 10:42 AM PT

Indictment, Arrest, Mugshot: Rick Perry's Finest Moment

Conventional wisdom holds that whatever presidential ambitions Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) may still hold have been destroyed with his indictment by a grand jury on charges that he abused his power. Sure, the charges are trumped-up, and have been denounced (however reluctantly) by critics right and left. Surely the spectacle of being charged--and subjected to the ultimate humiliation of the "mugshot" (above) has to have an effect. Aug 20, 2014 6:17 AM PT

What President Obama Should Do About Israel

Until now, Obama has actually encouraged Hamas by restraining Israel, elevating Hamas’s preferred mediators (Qatar and Turkey), condemning Israeli counter-attacks that inadvertently kill Palestinian civilians, and urging ceasefires while terror tunnels remain intact. Aug 19, 2014 3:49 PM PT

Has the Moment Passed for Israel to Take out Hamas?

As a 24-hour extension of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continued Tuesday, with a deal still elusive, it is becoming less clear that Israel can still count on the political will or international patience that would allow it to remove Hamas from power in Gaza. News of a foiled Hamas coup against the Palestinian Authority has made the case against Hamas clearer. Yet several factors are now pushing against any decisive Israeli action--for now. Aug 19, 2014 6:34 AM PT


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