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: How to Write Donald Trump's Briefing Documents

May 22, 2017 The New York Times recently reported that President Donald Trump called James Comey a "nut job" to Russian officials before firing the former FBI chief. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked that maybe Trump's inner circle has shaded his view of what's crazy and what's normal. After all, Comey has...

Lawmaker Irked About 'Foreign' Airport Security Dogs

May 19, 2017 In a rare moment of bipartisan harmony, members of a House Homeland Security Committee found themselves in agreement Thursday on a key matter of national security: Dogs, they concurred, play a vital role in protecting the homeland. The subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency heard testimony from five Homeland Security...

Play of the Day: This Witch Hunt is the 'Greatest in American History'

May 19, 2017 President Donald Trump is heading on his first overseas trip in office Friday, when he will begin his trip in Saudi Arabia. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that the reluctant traveler only agreed to go if would "get to meet Aladdin and Princess Jasmine." After the news broke of...

Play of the Day: Robert Mueller Gets Pulled Back In

May 18, 2017 President Donald Trump spoke at the Coast Guard Academy graduation Wednesday, saying "No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly" in his speech. Desus and Mero noted that John F. Kennedy would have something to say about that,...

Play of the Day: One Reason Trump Gave Intelligence to Two Russian Officials

May 17, 2017 Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle has said that she has been in contact with the White House to take over Press Secretary Sean Spicer's job. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Spicer's mental state since January, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Guilfoyle's looks might make Melania Trump...

Play of the Day: What Other Intelligence is Trump Going to Share?

May 16, 2017 President Donald Trump gave the commencement speech at Liberty University over the weekend and noted the crowd size at the event. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the speech, saying Trump is "the only person who could show up at an event where families come to see their children graduate and assume...

Play of the Day: Tapes, Trump and More on the Comey Firing

May 15, 2017 According to a recent profile in Time, President Donald Trump gets two scoops of ice cream with his meals while other diners get one. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the dessert, saying Trump likes it "looks like boobs." The weekly shows took on the news of the firing...

Play of the Day: More on the Comey Firing

May 12, 2017 In the wake of this week's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the White House cited low employee morale at the bureau as a reason for the dismissal. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted that in testimony Thursday, saying, “Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does...

Play of the Day: The Nixon Library Wants You to Know that Trump is Not Nixonian

May 11, 2017 President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey continues to be the biggest topic on late-night TV. Russian President Vladimir Putin -- decked out in full hockey pads on his way from the dressing room to the ice -- told CBS News that he had nothing to do...

Play of the Day: The Comey Firing

May 10, 2017 Reports suggest President Donald Trump regrets picking H.R. McMaster for the National Security Advisor post. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news Tuesday night, joking that Trump thought he was getting a hamburger. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday night, with the White House citing the statements...

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