John Kennedy

Balancing the First Amendment and Students’ Safety
Senate panel discusses free speech on college campuses

UNITED STATES — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., took part in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the issue of free speech on college campuses. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Zachary Wood arrived at Williams College his freshman year, he had high hopes for an academic environment that challenged his views. Now going into his senior year, Wood says he has faced backlash from students and administrators for inviting controversial speakers to campus.

Wood appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, part of a panel discussing free speech on college campuses.

Opinion: Can Trump Learn From His Own Bay of Pigs?
JFK wrote the script in how to deal with early setback

President John F. Kennedy’s response to the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle offers lessons for President Donald Trump after the collapse of Trumpcare, Shapiro writes. (Getty Images File Photo)

The fledgling president, ridiculed for his inexperience during the recent campaign, had just suffered a stunning setback less than 100 days after taking office. He ruefully admitted afterward, “No one knows how tough this job is until he has been in it a few months.”

Talking with a friend, the embarrassed president raged over his gullibility in accepting the advice of his top advisers. As he put it, “I sat around that day and all these fellas all saying, ‘This is going to work.’ … Now, in retrospect, I know they didn’t have any intention of giving me the straight word on this thing.”

‘Cajun John Wayne’ Tells Ex Congressional Pay Will Help With Child Support
House hopeful Clay Higgins taped discussing the more than $100,000 he owes

Clay Higgins, who made his name with a series of viral Crime Stoppers videos, is in a runoff for Louisiana's open 3rd District seat. (Screengrab)

Clay Higgins, better known by his Internet moniker Cajun John Wayne, was taped telling his ex-wife getting elected to Congress would help pay back thousands of dollars in child support.

Higgins is one of two Republicans in the runoff race to fill retiring Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.'s congressional seat.

Kennedy Likely Bet in Louisiana Senate Runoff
But cash flows for Democrat Campbell as Saturday vote nears

Louisiana Republican Senate candidate John Kennedy greets a guest at his election night party in Baton Rouge on Nov. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Though increased national attention and a late cash influx has buoyed Foster Campbell’s bid for Louisiana's open Senate seat, experts say Republican rival John Kennedy has the race all but locked up.

Campbell, a longtime Public Service Commissioner and self-proclaimed "pro-gun, pro-life" Democrat," will face off against State Treasurer John Kennedy in a Saturday runoff election.

Poll: Republican Kennedy Leading in Louisiana Senate Race
State treasurer holds double-digit lead over Democrat Foster Campbell

A new poll in the Louisiana Senate race shows 58 percent of likely voters are firmly behind Republican John Kennedy or leaning toward him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The prospects of Democrats picking up another Senate seat are dimming as a new poll of the Louisiana Senate run-off shows Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy holding a comfortable lead over Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

According to The Advocate, a poll conducted by Trafalgar Group found 48 percent of respondents were firmly behind Kennedy and a further 10 percent were leaning his way.

Political Friendly Fire
Some of the worst things politicians said about a candidate in their own party

Tell us what you really think about Ted Cruz, John Boehner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former House Speaker John Boehner made headlines when he called Sen. Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the Flesh" and said that he had "never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."  

Boehner also said he would not vote for Cruz if he were the GOP presidential nominee. Republican problems with Cruz is nothing new. And it's not the first time there has been intra-party shade throwing.