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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Change: Among Students, Republicans Crushing Democrats on Social Media

For eight years, Americans have been told that Democrats have a decisive advantage among young people, and especially on the Internet. That might have been true with the rise and re-election of Barack Obama. But as his presidency falters, and as Republicans invest in technology, the tide is rapidly turning. In fact, among students, Republicans are now far ahead of Democrats on social media, winning on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Oct 21, 2014 5:54 AM PT

Could Spelling Be Latest Victim of Anti-Vaccination Epidemic?

Though some have speculated that former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Tori Spelling, who has been quarantined in a Los Angeles hospital with severe coughing, might have enterovirus-D68 or even Ebola, the symptoms she has shown--especially coughing fits--are more consistent with whooping cough, or pertussis. That disease has exploded in California in recent months, as the wealthy and well-educated have refused pertussis vaccination. Oct 21, 2014 5:47 AM PT

White House Admits U.S. Border Crisis--to Oppose Ebola Travel Ban

One of the best arguments against a travel ban against the African countries where Ebola has broken out is that it would be ineffective, given the porous U.S. borders. Someone determined to travel to the U.S. would find a way. Surprisingly, that is the argument trotted out by White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to explain why there is no travel ban. Previously, the White House has touted its efforts toward border security. Oct 21, 2014 5:13 AM PT

Evanston Democrats Honor Convicted Felon for Lifetime Political Achievement

An obscure but noteworthy article in the Daily Northwestern, run by students at the Big Ten campus, notes that political operative Robert Creamer was honored on Sunday by the Democratic Party of Evanston--the most important party organization in suburban Illinois--for his career of achievement. Creamer, student journalist Ben Schaefer reports, won the Abner Mikva award, named for the respected reformist Democrat and judge. Oct 21, 2014 4:43 AM PT

Second Poll Puts Khanna Even in CA-17

Democratic challenger Ro Khanna claimed last week to have tied incumbent Democrat Mike Honda in the race for California's 17th congressional district. Honda's pollsters countered by claiming he was 15 points ahead of Khanna. Now, a second--and independent--poll has apparently vindicated Khanna's claim, placing him within the margin of error, just two points shy of Honda with two weeks left before Election Day on Nov. 4. Oct 20, 2014 3:05 PM PT

Yes on D, No on LC: The Simple Case for the Santa Monica Airport

SANTA MONICA, California -- There are fourteen candidates for just three seats on the Santa Monica city council. There are a multitude of federal, state, and local offices. There are even some controversial statewide ballot questions. But the one issue that seems to be most visible on the streets of this coastal city of some 90,000 inhabitants is the fate of the Santa Monica Airport, or SMO, a small municipal and charter airport facility. Oct 20, 2014 12:45 PM PT

Harvard Imposes Travel Restrictions on Ebola Countries

Harvard University has imposed an effective travel ban on Ebola-striken countries, requiring students, faculty, and staff to obtain official permission from the university administration before traveling to affected parts of West Africa, and possibly staying off campus for 21 days after returning to the U.S. from those countries.  Oct 20, 2014 6:18 AM PT

The Two-State Solution is Dead

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is at it again, this time blaming Israel for the collapse in the peace process with the Palestinians earlier this year--and, he implied the rise of the Islamic State across the region. Israeli leaders are now openly saying what only Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon was bold enough to say, before the peace process collapsed: Kerry is an idiot and an egoist who would burn the region and expect a Nobel prize. Oct 19, 2014 7:39 AM PT

Extremists Like Ezra Klein Shouldn't Offer Sex Advice

Ezra Klein, champion of Obamacare, founder of Vox.com, and supposed liberal policy wonk, recently published a piece on his website defending California's new "yes means yes" law requiring affirmative consent for sex on university campuses--the same kind of measure against which over two dozen Harvard law professors, including several prominent feminists and leftists, protested in the pages of the Boston Globe last week. Oct 19, 2014 6:57 AM PT

Jerry Brown, Conservative?

California's Gov. Jerry Brown, cruising to likely re-election in November, is presenting himself not just as the most experienced leaders in the Golden State, but as a conservative one. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Brown promised to restrain state government spending in his next term; railed against overregulation and over-legislation; and suggested that he might be open to tax reform, an issue he championed in the past. Oct 19, 2014 6:31 AM PT

Blue State Blues: California Republicans Waste Crucial Rebuilding Year

Republicans considered the 2014 elections a chance to rebuild and rebrand the party--to make the most of a losing scenario by angling the party for long-term growth. Wealthy donors poured money into the gubernatorial primary, for example, boosting millennial-friendly Treasury official Neel Kashkari past firebrand Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. Yet as Nov. 4 nears, the state GOP is adrift, politically and ideologically, more broken than ever. Oct 17, 2014 4:39 PM PT

California Republican Sends 'Confederate Flag' Mailer to Democrats

Republican Tony Strickland has sent an inflammatory mailing attacking his opponent in the race to represent California's 25th congressional district, north of Los Angeles. The mailing features a large Confederate battle flag, and notes that State Sen. Steve Knight was one of only 3 state legislators to vote against banning the sale of Confederate symbols on state property. It links Knight to one of the other "no" votes, "extremist" GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. Oct 15, 2014 2:28 PM PT

Gavin Newsom Gives California Voters the Finger

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a rising Democratic Party superstar, has continued to refuse to debate his Republican opponent, Ron Nehring. On Tuesday, Newsom and Nehring both appeared on San Francisco's NPR affiliate, KQED--but at separate times, on Newsom's insistence. Nehring blasted Newsom's evasion, noting that Newsom enjoyed three debates when he ran in 2010. Now, local journalists are weighting in as well. Oct 15, 2014 12:19 PM PT

Harvard Profs Blast Sexual Assault Policy: 'Very Very Close' to New California Law

On Wednesday, 28 Harvard Law School professors published a statement in the Boston Globe protesting the new sexual harassment policy adopted by Harvard University as a violation of the due process rights of students accused of sexual misconduct. Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet told Breitbart News that Harvard's new policy comes "very very close" to California's new "yes means yes" law, requiring affirmative consent for sex on campus. Oct 15, 2014 11:01 AM PT

Neil Young: Forget ISIS, Fight Climate Change Instead

Rock legend Neil Young told radio host Howard Stern on Tuesday that the "free world" ought to fight climate change rather than the Islamic State, or ISIS. Visiting the Howard Stern Show for a long-awaited interview, Young slammed both Democrats and Republicans for ignoring the plight of the planet, suggesting that environmental damage from the "carbon footprint" of the U.S. military was a greater threat than Islamic terror in the Mideast. Oct 14, 2014 2:18 PM PT

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