Author: Associated Press

Norm Macdonald, former ‘Saturday Night Live’ comic, dies

By David Bauder

Comic Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer who was “Weekend Update” host during the 1990s, has died. Macdonald, who was 61, died Tuesday after a nine-year battle with cancer that he kept private, according to Brillstein Entertainment Partners, his management firm in Los Angeles.

No major changes forecast as RNC discusses 2024 calendar

By Meg Kinnard

As the Republican National Committee begins formulating its 2024 presidential nominating calendar, one of the key figures in that process said Monday he doesn’t anticipate any major changes to the order of early-state contests. “I have not run into an appetite among committee members to enforce any major changes,” Drew McKissick, chairman of South Carolina’s Republican Party, told The Associated Press. “I think the process we had last cycle served us well. The timeline served us well.”

Barrett concerned about public perception of Supreme Court

By Piper Hudspeth Blackburn

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett expressed concerns Sunday that the public may increasingly see the court as a partisan institution. Justices must be “hyper vigilant to make sure they’re not letting personal biases creep into their decisions, since judges are people, too,” Barrett said at a lecture hosted by the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center.