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Ross Gianfortune

Engagement Editor Prior to joining Government Executive’s staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.
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Play of the Day: Trump Cuts Red Tape, Frees 'Our Dreams'

December 15, 2017 The FCC voted to roll back net neutrality rules on Thursday, prompting an outcry all over the Internet. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that it's now time to jump on Canada's wifi, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that more Americans would be in favor of the FCC...

Play of the Day: Omarosa Leaves the White House With a Flourish

December 14, 2017 The White House announced this week that President Donald Trump advisor and former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman is leaving her administration post to "pursue other opportunities" and the details of her leaving became huge news on Wednesday. Jimmy Kimmel joked "this serves as a sobering reminder that Omarosa had...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Feud With Kirsten Gillibrand

December 13, 2017 Representatives Lamar Smith and Carlos Curbelo held the annual "bipawtisan" dog holiday party on Capitol Hill this week, hosting dogs of members of Congress for a holiday event. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the news, saying the party was one of the few occasions where members of Congress "can...

Play of the Day: Trump, Television and Diet Coke

December 12, 2017 President Donald Trump spoke in Florida over the weekend and compared his deregulation push to that of Abraham Lincoln's. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about the speech, saying Trump comparing his record to Lincoln's deregulation record is akin to comparing someone their computer skills to Serene Williams': It's not...

One Chart Showing Every Military and Civilian Pay Raise Since 1984

December 11, 2017 As feds anticipate an official White House announcement on the 2018 civilian pay raise, perhaps it is time to look back on pay boosts through the years for both military and civilian federal employees. President Trump has yet to officially announce a civilian pay raise for 2018, though he authorized...

Play of the Day: Hanukkah At The White House

December 11, 2017 President Donald Trump slurred the end of his speech last week on the official White House stance on Jerusalem as Israel's capital and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon continued to joke about it Friday night. Fallon devoted two of this Thank You Notes to the speech and joked about the...

One Chart Showing Every Military and Civilian Pay Raise Since 1984

December 8, 2017 As feds anticipate an official White House announcement on the 2018 civilian pay raise, perhaps it is time to look back on pay boosts through the years for both military and civilian federal employees. President Trump has yet to officially announce a civilian pay raise for 2018, though he authorized...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Jr.'s Attorney-Client Privilege With His Father

December 8, 2017 Sen. Al Franken will resign in the coming weeks, the Minnesotan announced Thursday on the Senate floor. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying another Senator will probably resign tomorrow and he's "not basing this on any news, I'm just assuming another Senator will resign tomorrow." While...

Play of the Day: The President's (Slurred) Speech on Moving the Embassy in Israel

December 7, 2017 Over 30 Democratic Senators have called on Sen. Al Franken to step aside after more women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct this week. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying women are also stepping aside whenever "they see Al Franken coming." In a speech Wednesday,...

Play of the Day: The Trump Administration's Plans For Public Land Out West

December 6, 2017 After a large-scale doping operation was uncovered, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the 2018 Pyeongchang games. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Vladimir Putin might now call in a favor to President Donald Trump, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Trump's penchant for bronzer. On Monday,...