Archive for Joel B. Pollak

Pollak: The ‘Resistance’ Is on the Ballot in Alabama, Not California


Ironically, the most effective force "resisting" President Donald Trump's agenda is not the Democratic Party or the institutional left, but the Republican-held Congress and the Beltway political establishment to which it is anchored.

Trump to United Nations: ‘We Will Stop Radical Islamic Terrorism’

Donald Trump at UN (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning that the U.S. would "stop radical Islamic terrorism," employing a phrase that his advisers have tried to discourage him from using in the past.

CNN Admits Trump Campaign Was Wiretapped: Breitbart News and Mark Levin Right, Mainstream Media Wrong

Brian Stelter (Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press)
CNN reported Monday evening that the U.S. government, under President Barack Obama, had wiretapped Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort -- both during after the 2016 presidential campaign.

Illegal Aliens Crash Nancy Pelosi’s DACA Press Conference: ‘All of Us or None of Us!’

Pelosi DACA protest (Screen shot / Andrés Brender / Periscope)
A group of illegal aliens calling themselves the "Immigration Liberation Movement" crashed a press conference by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday, warning the Democratic Party not to "sell [us] out."

Incompetent White House Lawyers Discuss Russia Probe in Public

Martini (Alex Butterfield / Flickr / CC / Cropped)
The New York Times scored a scoop after reporter Ken Vogel overheard two senior White House lawyers, Ty Cobb and John Dowd, discussing details of the Russia investigation over lunch at a popular Washington, DC, restaurant.

Dianne Feinstein: Trump Should Offer a Deal to North Korea

Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman discuss the issues of the day. (KCNA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Feinstein said the U.S. offer a deal under which North Korea would agree to "freeze" their nuclear and missile programs, and the U.S. would agree not to pursue regime change there.

Dianne Feinstein: Trump Should Offer a Deal to North Korea

Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman discuss the issues of the day. (KCNA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Feinstein said the U.S. offer a deal under which North Korea would agree to "freeze" their nuclear and missile programs, and the U.S. would agree not to pursue regime change there.

Blue State Blues: Trump, Beware the Revenge of the Angel Moms

Blue State Blues (Breitbart)
Donald Trump would not have been elected president if not for the support of the "Angel Moms" -- the mothers (and fathers) who lost children to crimes committed by illegal aliens.

Analysis: Donald Trump Is Getting Rolled on DACA


The rough terms are that DACA beneficiaries can stay in the U.S., in exchange for "border security." That is not a good deal for Trump.

3 DACA Deal-Breakers: How Trump Can Avoid Getting Rolled

Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell--debt deal
President Donald Trump's supporters are increasingly concerned that he is going to capitulate to Democrats' demands as Congress wrestles with the canceled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

UC Berkeley Poll: 53% of California Democrats Oppose Free Speech

Anti-fascist counter-protesters wait outside Emancipation Park to hurl insults as white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' are forced out after the 'Unite the Right' rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A new poll conducted by the University of California Berkeley reveals that a majority of California Democrats oppose the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and assembly, at least as it applies to extreme right-wing groups. A plurality (46%) of all Californians feels the same way.

Michael Friedman, ‘Andrew Jackson’ Composer and Trump ‘Balladeer,’ Dies at 41

Michael Friedman (Andy Kropa / Invision / Associated Press)
The prolific Broadway composer Michael Friedman died on Saturday, Sep. 9, at the age of 41 from complications of HIV/Aids.

25 Key Quotes from Steve Bannon’s 60 Minutes Interview

Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, speaks with CBS News' Charlie Rose for a 60 Minutes interview in the "Breitbart Embassy" in Washington, DC, September 6, 2017.
On Sunday, September 10, Breitbart News executive chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared on CBS News' 60 Minutes for his first television interview. The following are 25 key quotes, both from the main interview and "overtime."

25 Key Quotes from Steve Bannon’s 60 Minutes Interview

Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, speaks with CBS News' Charlie Rose for a 60 Minutes interview in the "Breitbart Embassy" in Washington, DC, September 6, 2017.
On Sunday, September 10, Breitbart News executive chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared on CBS News' 60 Minutes for his first television interview. The following are 25 key quotes, both from the main interview and "overtime."

Blue State Blues: The Week Donald Trump Restored the Republic

Blue State Blues (Breitbart)
How ironic that the great "disruptor" of our political system is turning out to be the leader who is restoring it -- and, soon, public faith in it.

Trump’s Deal with Democrats Is a Warning to Republicans — Establishment and Conservative Alike

Schumer Trump White House deal (Alex Wong / Getty)
By showing he can deal with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump may have found the one way of making Republicans unite.

California AG Claims Rescinding DACA is Unconstitutional

Xavier Becerra (Alex Wong / Getty)
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has vowed to lead the so-called "Resistance" to Trump, claimed that the president's decision to rescind DACA Tuesday was unconstitutional -- though he did not explain why.

Donald Trump’s Tuesday Night DACA Tweet Is a Rare Negotiating Blunder

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Costa Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Whatever caused Tuesday evening's DACA tweet -- perhaps a loss of nerve in a Bannon-less West Wing -- it was an error from which Trump must extricate himself, and soon.

Harvard President Slams ‘Cruel’ Donald Trump for Ending DACA

Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard (Jodi Hilton / Getty)
Outgoing Harvard University president Drew Gilpin Faust denounced President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday, and vowed to lobby for DACA to continue.

Former U.S. Ambassador Trashes Trump in South Africa

Patrick Gaspard (Associated Press)
Politics, it is said, ought to stop at the water's edge. Not so for former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard, who trashed President Donald Trump and his administration in a visit to his former host country last week.

POLLAK: Trump’s DACA Decision is the Right Move, the Right Way


A six-month delay may be frustrating to those who want to see DACA totally wiped off the books, and every one of its beneficiaries given a one-way bus ticket across the border, letting Congress decide what to do about the "Dreamers" is exactly what ought to happen.

North Korea Crosses Donald Trump’s ‘Red Line’

Kim Jong-Un (STR / AFP / Getty)
President Donald Trump famously enforced the "red line" against Syria's use of chemical weapons that President Barack Obama would not. Now he faces his own challenge, as North Korea has crossed all of his own "red lines."

Blue State Blues: Why DACA Must Go — Now

Blue State Blues (Breitbart)
DACA and its successor, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), are just two examples of President Obama's habit of circumventing the Constitution and trying to rule by executive decree.

POLLAK: Mueller Teaming up with Schneiderman Further Undermines Russia Inquiry

Eric Schneiderman (Drew Angerer / Getty)
There could not be a more inappropriate person than Schneiderman to be seen working with Mueller in an investigation that is already viewed as a politically-motivated effort to undo the results of a democratic election.

How Trump Can Win September: Tie Infrastructure Bill to Hurricane Harvey Aid

Trump Texas (Jim Watson / AFP / Getty)
President Donald Trump should urge Congress to attach a major infrastructure bill to the anticipated legislation to provide emergency assistance to areas hit by Hurricane Harvey when legislators return in September.

Dianne Feinstein Shocks San Francisco Audience: Trump Will Serve at Least Four Years


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) shocked a liberal audience in San Francisco on Tuesday evening by suggesting that President Donald Trump will, in fact, serve his full four-year term, rather than being impeached or removed from office.

Berkeley Mayor: Time to Classify Antifa as a Street Gang


Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin is calling for "Antifa" -- the so-called "anti-fascist" group that proudly uses violence to silence views with which it does not agree -- to be classified as a street gang by police.

Report: Gary Cohn Does Not Regret Trashing President Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Gary Cohn, director of the U.S. National Economic Council, arrives to a swearing in ceremony of White House senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump today mocked protesters who gathered for large demonstrations across the U.S. and the world on Saturday to signal discontent with his leadership, but later offered a more conciliatory tone, saying he recognized such marches as a "hallmark of our democracy." (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn has no regrets about trashing President Donald Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month.

Berkeley Police Allowed Antifa to Jump Barricades, Assault Demonstrators

Anarchists Antifa Berkeley (Josh Edelson / Associated Press)
Berkeley police deliberately allowed masked "Antifa" anarchists to jump a barricade and attack a demonstration by a peaceful right-wing group on Sunday, leading to five assaults, including on Patriot Prayer group leader Joey Gibson.

San Francisco Congratulates Itself on Shutting Down Free Speech

Ed Lee (Paul Elias / Associated Press)
San Francisco city leaders were exultant Saturday after the controversial Patriot Prayer group was forced to shut down a planned demonstration due to threats of violence.

Karl Rove Celebrates Steve Bannon’s Return to Breitbart News


Former George W. Bush aide Karl Rove celebrated Steve Bannon's ouster from the White House and return to Breitbart News in a column Thursday at the Wall Street Journal.

What Is the Goal in Afghanistan? Washington Does Not Know

Kabul Afghanistan crater (Rahman Gul / Associated Press)
What remains is for the U.S. to fight for its own strategic priorities in Afghanistan. Anything less, or more, will be unsustainable, militarily and politically.

Faith, Astrology, and the Total Solar Eclipse

Total solar eclipse (Greg Wood / AFP / Getty)
While religious tradition teaches that eclipses may be bad omens, it is also true that during the time of greatest darkness, the most profound light may emerge

With Steve Bannon Gone, Donald Trump Risks Becoming Arnold Schwarzenegger 2.0

Trump Schwarzenegger (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump's decision to part ways with Steve Bannon can be understood as an effort to save his presidency after Charlottesville. It may turn out to be the beginning of the end for the Trump administration, the moment Donald Trump became Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman Pen Antisemitic Letter to Jews Who Support Trump

Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman 2 (Menahem Kahana / AFP / Getty)
Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have penned an open letter to fellow Jews, warning them that if they do not oppose President Donald Trump, they will be labeled as Nazi collaborators and traitors to their people.

Blue State Blues: The Campus Snowflakes Are Taking Over the Country

Blue State Blues (Breitbart)
The same "speech is violence" arguments used at Berkeley are being made in the wake of the violence at Charlottesville -- not just by Antifa, but by widely respected members of the media and political establishment.

New York Times: Some Charlottesville Protesters Were Not White Supremacists, Nazis

Robert E. Lee Charlottesville (Bill McChesney / Flickr / CC / Cropped)
Support for the president's claim has come from an unlikely source: the "failing" New York Times, which interviewed one of those "very fine" people for an article otherwise critical of Trump, arguing that his remarks have led to a widening split in the Republican Party.

California Bill: 1 Year in Jail for Using Wrong Transgender Pronoun

AP Photo
A new bill being considered by the California State Senate would punish people who "willfully and repeatedly" refuse "to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns" in a public health, retirement or housing institution.

Standing Ovations for Triumphant Dennis Prager, Conducting at Disney Hall

Dennis Prager conducts (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)
Conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager received a standing ovation from a near-capacity crowd the moment he walked on the stage Wednesday evening to conduct the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Bannon Calls Left-Wing Journalist to Declare Economic War on China


White House senior adviser Steve Bannon called an anti-Trump left-wing journalist to tout the administration's plans to win an "economic war" with China -- and the interview is setting political media ablaze.
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