People also are talking about the increasing violence in Hong Kong, getting ready for public impeachment hearings and the People's Choice awards.
Another Republican congressman calls it quits; 20 won't run again
New York Rep. Peter King announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2020.
The 14-term Republican congressman said in a Facebook post that his commute was a main factor in his decision, saying he wants "flexibility to spend more time" with his children and grandchildren.
"The prime reason for my decision was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home in Seaford," he wrote in the post.
He's represented parts of Long Island since 1993 and is the longest-serving Republican member of New York's congressional delegation.
He has cultivated a reputation for bipartisanship while maintaining a hard line on immigration and crime — winning issues in New York's 2nd Congressional District, which covers suburban Long Island about an hour's drive east of Manhattan.
King, 75, is the former chair of the House Homeland Security Committee.
At least 20 House Republicans have announced they will not seek reelection. Three other GOP lawmakers have resigned.
People's Choice Awards see return of Kevin Hart after car crash
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood flocked to the E! People's Choice Awards Sunday night.
One of the most surprising was Kevin Hart, who was part of a devastating car accident in September in Calabasas, California. Hart fractured his spine and has since been in rehab. This was the first major public appearance since his crash.
"Thank God because I definitely don't have to be here," Hart said when he took the stage to accept the award for comedy act of the year. "Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life even more -- appreciate the things that really matter, family. I wanna thank my wife and my kids ... I want to thank you all for being there for me during my difficult time."
Others who took home awards include Gwen Stefani, who accepted the Fashion Icon Award.
Kim Kardashian and her sisters won reality show of the year; Pink was honored with a People's Champion of 2019 award.
"I grew up in a family of activists and I know that one person can make a difference," she said on stage. "You feel like your life doesn't matter, get involved. I don't care about your politics, I care about your kids. Kindness today is an act of rebellion ... there is a planet that needs help. Stop fighting each other and help each other."
A truly poignant moment was when Adam Sandler awarded his good friend, Jennifer Aniston, with the Icon Award. He praised her and called her "nice" about 10 different times in his tribute -- and it was adorable.
"This town throws out a lot of awards but the People's Choice, this has always been special to me. As actors, we don't do this for the critics or for each other or to make our families proud. We do this for the money!" Aniston joked. "No, I'm kidding we do it for you guys. We really do. You all have been so good to me over the years, I love you too. When I first heard I had won this icon award the first thing I thought was holy s*** have I been around this long? But if I have any claim to this word icon, it's because I was able to be on an iconic show with an iconic cast and an iconic haircut. 'Friends' was the gift of a lifetime and I wouldn't be standing up here without that amazing show."
Other winners included "Avengers: Endgame" for top movie of 2019, "Murder Mystery" as top comedy movie, "Avengers: Endgame" as top action movie; "Aladdin' as best family movie; Robert Downey Jr. as male movie star and Zendaya as female movie star.
Nikki Haley's memoir alleges disloyalty among some on Trump team
President Donald Trump's former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley , alleges in her upcoming memoir that two administration officials who were ultimately pushed out by Trump once tried to get her to join them in opposing some of his policies.
In "With All Due Respect," Haley said then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and then-White House chief of staff John Kelly told her that they were trying to "save the country." Haley writes that she was "shocked" by the request, made during a closed-door meeting, and thought they were only trying to put their own imprint on his policies.
"Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren't being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country," Haley wrote. "It was their decisions, not the president's, that were in the best interests of America, they said. The president didn't know what he was doing. ... Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president's decisions was because, if he didn't, people would die."
The former South Carolina governor said the meeting lasted more than an hour and that they never raised the issue to her again.
Haley's book comes out Tuesday. The Associated Press purchased an early copy.
"Instead of saying that to me, they should've been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan," Haley wrote. "It should've been, 'Go tell the president what your differences are, and quit if you don't like what he's doing.' But to undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want. And it was offensive."
Trump fired Tillerson in March 2018. Later, Tillerson said the president was "undisciplined" and did not like to read briefing reports. Trump countered, calling Tillerson "dumb as a rock."
When Kelly was chief of staff, Trump chafed at the orderly processes the general imposed on his freewheeling style and White House operations at large. Trump let him go in December 2018.
When asked to respond to Haley's book, Kelly told CBS' "Sunday Morning" that "if by resistance and stalling, she means putting a staff process in place ... to ensure the (president) knew all the pros and cons of what policy decision he might be contemplating so he could make an informed decision, then guilty as charged."
Protester shot as Hong Kong leader pledges to 'spare no effort' ending protests
Hong Kong's leader pledged on Monday to "spare no effort" in bringing an end to anti-government protests that have wracked the city for more than five months, following a day of violence in which one person was shot and another set on fire.
Carrie Lam's comments are likely to fuel speculation that harsher legal and police measures may be in the works to curb the protests.
"I do not want to go into details, but I just want to make it very clear that we will spare no effort in finding ways and means that could end the violence in Hong Kong as soon as possible," Lam told reporters.
Lam also refused to accept the protesters' demands for political concessions.
"If there is still any wishful thinking that, by escalating violence, the Hong Kong SAR government will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I am making this statement clear and loud here: That will not happen," Lam said, using the initials for Special Administrative Region, which describes the city's status as a semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Monday's violence is likely to further inflame passions in Hong Kong after a student who fell during an earlier protest succumbed to his injuries on Friday and police arrested six pro-democracy lawmakers over the weekend on charges of obstructing the local assembly during a raucous May 11 meeting. All were freed on bail.
China's ruling Communist Party has also indicated it may try to find a way to enact anti-subversion laws in the territory, after such measures were shelved previously due to public opposition.
While Beijing has dismissed reports it may replace Lam next year, the party last week issued a statement saying it would "perfect" the system to appoint and dismiss Hong Kong's leader and top officials.
In a widely distributed video, a police officer is shown shooing away a group of protesters at an intersection Monday morning, then drawing his gun on a masked protester in a white hooded sweatshirt who approaches him.
As the two struggle, another protester in black approaches, at whom the officer points his gun. He then fires at the stomach area of the second protester, who falls to the ground. The officer appeared to fire again as a third protester in black joined the tussle.
The protester in white manages to flee, bounding up a nearby stairway, and the officer and a colleague pin the two in black to the ground.
Police said that only one protester was hit and that he was undergoing surgery. A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong hospital authority said the person was in critical condition but gave no further details.
It was the second time a protester has been shot since the demonstrations began in early June, although police have repeatedly drawn their firearms to ward off attacks. More than 3,300 people have been arrested in the protests.
Few details were available about the burning incident in the Ma On Shan neighborhood. Video posted online shows the victim arguing with a group of young people before someone douses him with a liquid and strikes a lighter.
Police fired tear gas and deployed a water cannon in various parts of the city on Monday and charged onto the campus of Chinese University, where students were protesting. Video posted online also showed a policeman on a motorcycle riding through a group of protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse them.
Police spokesman Tse Chun-chung said the shooting, burning and motorcycle incidents were all under investigation, but defended the officers' actions as necessary to safeguard their own safety. Tse said two people were arrested in the shooting incident, including the person shot, but no one has yet been detained over the burning.
What's coming in impeachment: Public hearings, messaging
For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine whether President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden's family and the 2016 U.S. presidential election all while the White House was withholding military aid to the East European ally that borders Russia.
A quick forecast of what's coming this week:
LIGHTS, CAMERAS, HEARINGS
Americans will have their public first view of the impeachment inquiry, as the proceedings emerge from the secure closed-door facility in the Capitol basement to live hearings.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will gavel in the sessions Wednesday and Friday.
What's unclear, though, is what people will see in two days of hearings . Will the proceedings serve as a clarifying moment for the country, when a common narrative emerges over the president's actions and whether or not they are, in fact, impeachable? Or in this era of peak partisanship, will the days devolve into a reality-TV episode showcasing the divide?
Unlike Watergate in the 1970s or even Bill Clinton's impeachment in the 1990s, Americans consume their news at different times and in different ways, making it hard to know if this week will produce a where-were-you-when moment.
SPOTLIGHT ON WITNESSES
Bill Taylor . George Kent . Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch.
Once little-known State Department officials are about to become household names as they testify publicly in the impeachment inquiry.
Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran who has spent 50 years in public service, will set the tone as the first witness. All three have testified in the closed setting, defying the White House's instructions not to comply. But they are providing a remarkably consistent account of the Trump administration's actions.
Republicans want to hear from others , including Biden's son Hunter, as well as the anonymous government whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry, but Democrats who have majority control are not likely to agree to those requests.
Republicans have struggled to articulate a unified defense of Trump. Democrats have had difficulty synthesizing their arguments into a simple narrative for the public.
Both will be sharpening efforts to persuade American voters.
Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" what the public will hear is "immensely patriotic, beautiful articulated — articulate people telling the story of a president who — let's forget quid pro quo; quid pro quo is one of these things to muddy the works — who extorted a vulnerable country by holding up military aid."
But Republicans have focused their attacks with a resolution criticizing the House process. Some in the party want to reveal the name of the government whistleblower.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on "Fox News Sunday, "I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn't allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid, because without the whistleblower complaint, we wouldn't be talking about any of this."
Graham added that there's a "need for Hunter Biden to be called to adequately defend the president. And if you don't do those two things, it's a complete joke."
WHAT WILL TRUMP DO?
For those watching television Wednesday afternoon, the president is offering some counterprogramming to the impeachment inquiry's public hearing: a joint news conference with Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid strains in relations between the two nations.
On impeachment, the president tried to give his allies on Capitol Hill some talking points Sunday, tweeting out his advice for how they should defend him — namely by insisting, as he did, that his call with the Ukrainian president was "PERFECT."
"Read the Transcript!" Trump intoned on Twitter. "There was NOTHING said that was in any way wrong. Republicans, don't be led into the fools trap of saying it was not perfect, but is not impeachable. No, it is much stronger than that. NOTHING WAS DONE WRONG!"
The White House released a rough transcript of his July call and Trump also says he will release, probably on Tuesday, an account of an April phone call he had with Ukraine's leader, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, soon after Zelenskiy won election.
Testimony in the closed proceedings shows that the April congratulatory call did not raise concerns, but the tone shifted on the July call that caused alarms among U.S. officials.
Star denies blame for 'Game of Thrones' coffee cup
Game of Thrones' eight-year run ended in May to mixed reviews.
But, six months on, a subplot from the series is still fascinating viewers: the mystery of who left a rogue coffee cup in full view during a scene of the fantasy drama.
And now the saga has taken another twist, after the alleged culprit denied responsibility for the incident, which caused a stir on social media during the show's final series.
Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, had accused her co-star Conleth Hill of admitting to the faux pas last month.
But Hill, who played Lord Varys in the series, told British broadcaster Channel 4 on Sunday: "You know, there's no proof that I did it. So accuse away."
"I would need to have had Mr. Man arms to leave a coffee cup there," Hill added. "I took a bullet for Emilia Clarke and she touted on me."
"Mr. Men" is a series of British children's books, one of which features a character with extra-long arms.
Hill also joked: "I'm just not making any comments until I have a lawyer," and quipped that the slip-up "definitely wasn't product placement."
The drama over the coffee cup -- spotted by eagle-eyed viewers on a table in the great hall of Winterfell -- briefly overshadowed the battle for the Iron Throne during the show's final stretch, with fans mocking the mistake and demanding that showrunners spill the details of who was responsible.
Clarke had previously seemed to put the mystery to bed, telling Jimmy Fallon last month: "We had a party before the Emmys recently and Conleth, who plays Varys, who's sitting next to me in that scene, he pulls me aside and he's like, 'Emilia, I have got to tell you something, love. The coffee cup was mine.'"
That accusation contradicted another account from Sophie Turner, AKA Sansa Stark, who had pinned the blame on co-star Kit Harington.
And the culprit isn't the only mystery surrounding coffee-cup-gate. Commentators on social media speculated the cup was from Starbucks, but various online amateur detectives and an in-depth digital imagery analysis by CNN (we zoomed in on the cup) have failed to provide a conclusive answer.
HBO responded to the incident deftly at the time, saying on Twitter: "The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea."