Posts by K. Lloyd Billingsley
K. Lloyd Billingsley is a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute and a columnist at The Daily Caller.
Dr. Fauci’s Refusal to Face New York Nursing Home Deaths Is Revealing


Thousands more nursing home residents may have died from COVID-19 than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has publicly acknowledged, according to a January 30 report by New York Attorney General Letitia James. As investigators learned, nursing home deaths had been undercounted, even in facilities the state health department had made public. As ProPublica noted,...
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Does Burma Smackdown Signal Biden the Brave?


“The military must relinquish power they’ve seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma as expressed in their November 8 election.” That was President Biden on February 11, imposing sanctions after a military coup in Burma, also known as Myanmar. For Biden, the statement was something of a departure. 

San Francisco Ends Merit-Based Admissions at Top-Rated Public High School


San Francisco’s Board of Education voted unanimously last October to set aside longstanding merit-based admissions at Lowell High School for one year. This decision was allegedly due to the pandemic, but the board had a bigger target in mind. As Katy Grimes now reports in the California Globe, the board has just “voted to...
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“Nothing We Can Do” About Trajectory of the Pandemic?


“There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” said President Joe Biden on January 22. As the CNBC report noted, “it wasn’t immediately made clear what projections Biden was referencing,” and “a spokesperson for the Biden administration was not immediately available for comment regarding the...
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Dr. Anthony Fauci’s $417,608 Tops All Federal Salaries, but Does Performance Match the Pay?


The highest-paid federal government employee is Dr. Anthony Fauci, with a salary of $417,608 according to a Fox Business report based on a Freedom of Information request by OpenTheBooks.com. Whether Dr. Fauci deserves a higher salary than the president of the United States is a matter of some controversy.

Federal Judge Blows the Cover off Secret FISA Court


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, enacted during the Carter administration, prescribes procedures for requesting judicial authorization for electronic surveillance and physical search of persons engaged in espionage or international terrorism against the United States on behalf of a foreign power. FISA establishes the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of 11 district judges chosen by...
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Thomas Sowell on Truth and Proportionality


“Even the best things come to an end,” wrote Thomas Sowell in late 2016, as he shut down his newspaper column in order to “spend less time following politics and more time on my photography.” Four years later, when he turned 90, the economist and Hoover Institution fellow was back with Charter Schools and...
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Domestic War on Terror Is Coming, Warns Glenn Greenwald


For decades, the federal government has been mounting a “War on Poverty” and even supporters find it hard to make a case for victory. The same could be said about the government’s “War on Drugs,” and the “War on Terror,” in progress since the attacks of September 11, 2001.  The mighty “intelligence community,” including...
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Is Gov. Newsom Avoiding Science-Based Pandemic Policies?


Californians may be unaware that the state employs more than 4,000 scientists in agencies such as the Department of Public Health, CalEPA, Dept. of Natural Resources, and many more. As Katy Grimes of the California Globe reports, these scientists are complaining that Gov. Gavin Newsom has not consulted with them during the coronavirus lockdown....
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Failed Fannie Mae Lobbyist Orchestrated Biden’s Takeover of U.S. Policy on China


In 1988, a lawyer named Thomas Donilon advised Sen. Joseph Biden’s presidential bid and then served as senior counsel on President Bill Clinton’s 1992 transition team. Donilon became Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and participated in the expansion of NATO and relations between the U.S. and China.  From 1995 to 2005, Donilon...
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