- Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama are Americans' most admired people, according to a new Gallup poll—beating out Malala Yousafzai, Oprah Winfrey, Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama.
- The Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald will appear in court this morning; he's expected to enter a plea.
- "Coercive or controlling" domestic behavior is now a crime in the U.K.
- Airbnb is "making a noticeable dent in the hotel business" in major metropolitan areas.
- States that don't comply with the Department of Homeland Security's "Real ID" requirements may soon see residents unable to clear airport security with just their driver's licenses.
- Why did the elephant-seal repeatedly cross the road? No, really, why? Marine wildlife experts are puzzled.
- ISIS documents seized during a raid show "how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old literature to justify sexual slavery."
New at Reason:
Congress Snuck a Massive Surveillance Expansion Into the Omnibus Budget: At the heart of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is expansion of the feds' ability to access data without a warrant. By Andrea Castillo
With Every Call for Encryption Restrictions, Officials Make the Technology's Case: Of course secure communications frustrate governments. That's the whole idea. By J.D. Tucille
America's Decaying Institutions: United States slipping in some very important measures of institutional quality. By Marian Tupy
Doxxing in the New Year. By Charles Oliver