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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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

Posner's Weak Voter ID Opinion Relies on New York Times Articles

The left is celebrating the recent decision against Wisconsin's voter ID laws by Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, the "conservative" jurist and author, as if it represents a turning point in the debate. It certainly might--though not on the merits, but rather because Posner has, perhaps under pressure, embraced politics over law as the basis for deciding the issue. A close reading of Posner's opinion reveals how absurd his reasoning really is. Oct 14, 2014 6:37 AM PT

Obama's Chicago Crony In Charge of Handing Internet to Tyrants

The Obama administration's calamitous policy of abandoning U.S. control of Internet domain names is being handled by none other than his controversial Chicago crony, Penny Pritzker. Pritzker, the Hyatt billionaire and subprime mortgage lender who withdrew her name from consideration for Secretary of Commerce in 2008 only to be confirmed in 2012, was also a major Obama donor and bundler during his presidential campaigns. Oct 14, 2014 5:52 AM PT

Kashkari, Drowning in Polls, 'Saves' Boy from Drowning in TV Ad

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who is lagging behind incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown by double digits, has taken a rather significant risk in his latest television ad, which portrays a child drowning in a swimming pool. Kashkari enters to rescue the child, whose plight is meant to be a metaphor for children stuck in California's failing public schools. As the child recovers, head bowed, Kashkari touts his education policy. Oct 13, 2014 2:27 PM PT

Traditional Marriage Backers Must Put up a Better Fight

If you are even slightly sympathetic to the cause of traditional marriage, you cannot help but be disturbed by its string of recent defeats. Not just in referendums and legislatures, where the contest is basically a fair one, but in the courts, which have canceled out the increasingly rare victories traditional marriage has won. You are left to conclude that the political game is rigged, and also--increasingly--that advocates for traditional marriage have barely put up a real fight. Oct 13, 2014 2:04 PM PT

NPR Whitewashes Iran in Weekend Tourism Segment

On the October 12 broadcast of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, host Ari Shapiro discussed Iran's appeal as a tourist destination with Iranian-born, U.K.-based writer Kamin Mohammadi. While Mohammadi is no regime puppet--she was vocal in her opposition to the 2009 crackdown--her Twitter feed is lately full of anti-Israel rhetoric and government retweets, and she did her best to put an absurdly positive spin on Iran for NPR. Oct 12, 2014 2:43 PM PT

Fluke-Allen: 'War on Women' May Stop Here

The State Senate race between two West L.A. Democrats may be the ultimate proving ground for Democrats' so-called "War on Women" strategy, which the party's strategists have used in several successive elections to beat back Republican challenges to the left's control of Capitol Hill and the White House. One of the key figures in that strategy has been contraceptive advocate Sandra Fluke, who came second in the 26th district primary. Oct 12, 2014 6:33 AM PT

Clinton, Obama Share Blame for ISIS, Iraq

President Barack Obama's policy on Iraq is a complete failure. As terrorists from the so-called Islamic State lay siege to Kobani, defeat once-solid Kurdish forces and threaten western Baghdad, the folly of Obama's campaign, limited to air strikes for purely political reasons, is clear to the world. And Obama's former advisers agree that his hasty, total withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 and inaction on Syria are the main reasons for the deadly chaos. Oct 12, 2014 5:36 AM PT

Would Your Doctor Recognize Ebola?

Dr. Raymond Pollak--who happens to be my dad--published an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune late last week about the failure of the Dallas hospital to diagnose the first Ebola victim in the U.S.--a failure that led to wider exposure--and the difficulty that American medical staff have had in identifying tropical diseases in general.  Oct 12, 2014 5:05 AM PT

Blue State Blues: When Did It Become Wrong to Tell Kids to Avoid Drugs?

On a recent visit to family in Chicago, my wife, daughter and I were driving home from a dinner party at friends when we noticed that the local Skokie Police Department had blocked off several residential streets. "Wow, they must be looking for someone," I said, thinking there had been some kind of robbery--rare enough in the placid suburb where I spent much of my childhood. Maybe a few burglars had jumped a fence or two to evade capture. Oct 10, 2014 6:59 PM PT

Obama to Stump at 'Silicon Beach' Tech Campus

SANTA MONICA, California -- President Barack Obama will visit a start-up incubator called Cross Campus on Thursday as part of his latest fundraising trip to Southern California. Obama will use the trip to Cross Campus, one of several such facilities in the "Silicon Beach" corridor of West Los Angeles, to tout his economic record and to court the millennial voters that have proved one of the most reliable parts of his demographic base. Oct 8, 2014 5:16 AM PT


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