Midday open thread: Goodbyes, good calls, and good hygiene

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The game’s afoot!

What you missed on Sunday Kos …

Women and weed, by Susan Grigsby
Trump’s shutdown bet and how to defeat it, by David Akadjian
Trump escalates the GOP war on government workers, by Jon Perr
Sexist double standard arrives early in 2020 race, by Sher Watts Spooner
Celebrating Three Kings Day, or Día de los Reyes Magos, by Denise Oliver Velez
The wall is not about protecting our border. It is about white supremacy, by Mark E Andersen
We must not allow the ‘Hillary-fication’ of Elizabeth Warren, by Egberto Willies
I don’t need ‘a woman’ president. But I want Elizabeth Warren to be president, by Ian Reifowitz

Break out your tiny violin:

Scott Walker didn’t want to go out like this.

The once-rising Republican star who made his name kneecapping public sector unions as governor of Wisconsin leaves office in defeat Monday. He was narrowly beaten by Democrat Tony Evers , the state education superintendent who marched with teachers in protest of Walker’s policies. 

Walker said that in the days since the loss, his most fervent supporters have approached him, some in tears, concerned about what he’s going through.

Good call:

On January 17, the NBA will go international when the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards face off in a regular-season game in London, England.

But one key player will not be making the trip, because he fears for his life.

Enes Kanter, a center for the New York Knicks and native of Turkey, has been an outspoken critic of the government there — especially of hardline President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter now feels that his life would be in danger if he were to travel overseas.

Okay:

WikiLeaks on Sunday advised journalists not to report 140 different “false and defamatory” statements about its founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 2012. […]

Other items listed as false and defamatory included more personal claims including that Assange bleaches his hair, that he is a hacker, that he has ever neglected an animal or that he has poor personal hygiene.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Trump spent the weekend threatening martial law on the wall. The press spent it on ritual pearl clutching over a naughty word. Greg Dworkin rounds it all up. Will the press blow 2020? What’s up with that mid-shutdown pay raise for Pence and the cabinet?

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