1. From Steve Hayward, “Martin Luther King, Conservative?,” e.g. he was against all policies based on race (affirmative action?).
2. “Right to work” works for black Americans much better than forced unionism, says Stacy Swimp, president of the Frederick Douglass Society in Michigan.
3. Inaugural trivia quiz from NPR.
4. Victory for economic freedom: The Institute for Justice and independent tax preparers defeat IRS licensing requirement.
5. Andrew Morriss at PERC says, “Let’s end ethanol subsidies.”
6. Peter Diamandis identifies eight technologies that are making the world better, and will lead to a massive explosion of innovation.
7. Moral hazard (or “paid to party”): Study finds that the more money (in total, and as a share of total college costs) that parents provide for college, the lower the grades their children earn.
8. Orlando teenager is this year’s second Drug War casualty.
9. Housing recovery: Austin-area home sales hit a 6-year high for December, with a 17% increase vs. a year earlier, while the median sales price increased by 11%.
10. “Gains from Trade” via Greg Mankiw, How a model software developer outsourced his own $250,000 job to a programmer in China for $50,000,and then spent the day surfing the web, watching cat videos and updating his Facebook page.
11. China loses its competitive edge as low-cost manufacturing location as wages and costs rise.
12. New iPhone app “Urgent Care” connects you to a nurse or doctor anytime, available for free download in iTunes store.