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Ryan Foley has written for the school newspaper in both high school and college, with a total of eight years of writing experience. He graduated from Rhode Island College in May 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science. Since graduating from college, he has written for Red Alert Politics and Rouser News in addition to maintaining a personal blog. Ryan was a participant in the National Journalism Center's Spring 2018 internship program. Ryan currently resides in Westerly, Rhode Island and is a native of Elmira, New York.

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During a Monday night interview with Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz (Fla.), CNN's AC360 host Anderson Cooper dismissed the idea of a "secret society" within the FBI, arguing that the text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page alleging the existence of such a society were "lighthearted." When Gaetz suggested that an "informal cabal" committed to taking down President Trump may actually exist, Cooper dismissed Gaetz’s premise: "that sounds like a massive conspiracy theory."



During Monday's edition of Anderson Cooper 360, two major players in the Watergate investigation drew parallels between the Russia investigation and the scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon, arguing that "Trump is Nixon on steroids and stilts" and warning of a "constitutional crisis."



As Chris Cuomo, co-host of CNN's New Day, complained about President Trump's response to Russia's involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy residing in the UK, his guest, left-leaning Independent Senator Angus King told him "I think you're being a little hard." King, who caucuses with the Democrats and supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, is not normally known for defending President Trump.



During Thursday's edition of CNN’s New Day, political analyst Brian Karem compared the White House to a "dysfunctional day care center." The Playboy magazine correspondent made the comparison after co-host Alisyn Camerota brought up the “game of musical chairs” at the White House, consisting of the actual impending transfer of the CIA Director to the State Department and wild speculation about more potential cabinet shake-ups to come.



The co-hosts of CNN's New Day complained about lack of congressional action on gun control Thursday morning, one day after a multitude of students across the country walked out of class to protest gun violence. Chris Cuomo complained that Republican Senator John Kennedy (La.) introduced a bill to ban airlines from putting animals in overhead compartments while Congress has still yet to do anything on the gun issue.  Minutes later, while interviewing Rep. Ted Deutch (Fla.), Alisyn Camerota mocked Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.) for introducing a bill to make Daylight Saving Time year round, asking "Do you think that helps gun violence?"



During an appearance on CNN's New Day Thursday morning, panelist John Avlon did not seem to like the idea that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may fire Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe for his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation, saying "that is a disgrace to fire somebody days before retirement, and take away their pension really for what is a petty and political reason."



While interviewing Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks (N.Y.) on Wednesday morning, CNN Newsroom anchor John Berman pressed the Congressman about his past connections with the controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Meeks responded by attacking the news organization that reported Meeks attended a meeting with Farrakhan, The Daily Caller, as a "fringe, right-wing tabloid." 



CNN Newsroom host John Berman opened the show Wednesday with a "Kaboom!", intended to serve as a "not so dramatic re-enactment of the political explosion that went off last night." The political explosion Berman referred to was Democrat Conor Lamb's strong performance and potential victory in the special election for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, a district President Trump carried by 20 points in the 2016 presidential election.



CNN Counterterrorism Analyst Phil Mudd became a bit unhinged when discussing the preliminary report released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee drawing their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election to a close, arguing that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia. Appearing on CNN's The Situation Room Monday night, Mudd went off the rails, saying "If this report were written on toilet paper, I wouldn't stoop to wipe my ass with it." 



CNN commentator and Never-Trumper Ana Navarro took a contrarian approach in her response to the House Intelligence Committee's decision to end its investigation into Russian collusion. Unlike many of her peers who believe that the House's decision represents the end of democracy as we know it, Navarro expressed gratitude that "they've ended this sham investigation paid on taxpayer money because it had no credibility." 



During an appearance on CNN's New Day Tuesday morning, Former Director for the Office of Government Ethics and Trump critic Walter Shaub suggested that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos lacks the proper expertise required to run the Department of Education, arguing that her expertise "seems to be in being a rich person who didn't attend public schools that she's overseeing." Shaub also said that the appointment of DeVos, as well as other outsiders to cabinet positions, proves that the Trump Administration has "declared war on expertise and denigrated experts."



The Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee decided to end their Russia Investigation, concluding that no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin exists. The hosts and guests on CNN's New Day Tuesday morning did everything they could to discredit the report and the entire House investigation as partisan.



Alisyn Camerota, co-host of CNN’s New Day, interviewed former United States Ambassador to Panama John Feeley Monday morning. Feeley explained his reasons for resigning in a Washington Post op-ed titled “Why I Could No Longer Serve This President”, arguing that “the President’s policies regarding migration are not only foolish and delusional but also Anti-American.”  



Two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of a mass shooting that left 17 people dead, appeared on CNN's New Day Monday morning. While they expressed optimism about a gun control bill recently passed by the Florida legislature, they did not hesitate to go after the National Rifle Association and romanticize countries with tougher gun laws.



The panel on CNN's New Day Monday morning did not seem that impressed with President Trump's campaign-style rally over the weekend. They seemed the most triggered by the President's proposal to impose the death penalty on drug dealers; arguing that such a proposal makes it crystal clear that he has a tendency toward authoritarianism. According to David Gregory, "thinking people of all stripes in this country are going to have to wonder why the President is so enamored of and flirts with autocrats around the world."



Less than fifteen minutes into CNN's New Day Monday morning, co-host Chris Cuomo ripped the White House's gun policy proposal while acting as an advocate for gun control. Just minutes later, Cuomo and his fellow panelists criticized Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's performance during a 60 Minutes Interview and seized the opportunity to bash the idea of school choice. 



During an appearance on CNN's New Day Thursday morning, Van Jones suggested that "if Barack Obama had done half of what Trump did last week, he wouldn't be impeached, he'd be in Guantanamo." 



While interviewing House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) on CNN's New Day Thursday morning, co-host Alisyn Camerota brought up a new ad released by the National Rifle Association. After Hoyer said that the ad "sounded like a threat", Camerota played a clip of a father who lost his daughter in the Parkland shooting effectively comparing the NRA to a terrorist organization.



CNN reporter Bill Weir appeared on New Day Thursday morning, ahead of the premiere of the network's documentary series, Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History. Weir had just compiled a report focusing on Pope Francis and Syrian refugees and, along with co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo, seemed to agree that the seriesprovided the perfect platform to advocate for open borders.



Figure skater Adam Rippon made an appearance on CNN’s New Day Wednesday morning. It should have come as no surprise that the media treated Rippon with kid gloves, putting him on a pedestal as the “first openly gay man to compete for the U.S. at the Winter Olympics.” The media spent nearly the entire duration of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games fawning over Rippon, as well as openly gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy; CNN provided no exception.