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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: 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...

Play of the Day: Trump Explains Health Care Terms

May 9, 2017 President Donald Trump said that his trip to his New Jersey golf club last weekend saved the taxpayer money and would cause less disruption if he were to spend the weekend in New York. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, suggesting Trump could save the country money by...

Play of the Day: Health Care and Trump's First International Trip

May 8, 2017 The House passed the American Health Care Act last week, replacing Obamacare. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld compared Obamacare to the photos of Barack Obama vacationing after his presidency, while Last Week Tonight's John Oliver compared Jason Chaffetz's arrival for the vote to a "corgi with hip dysplasia." President Donald Trump...

Play of the Day: Trump Is In Touch With the American People

May 5, 2017 White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told a reporter Thursday that "The president stepped up and helped punt the ball into the end zone" in regards to the AHCA vote (though, he more likely said "punch the ball into the end zone"). Despite criticism of the analogy, Late Show's...

Play of the Day: Comey Had to Decide Between 'Really Bad' and 'Catastrophic'

May 4, 2017 First Lady Melania Trump liked a tweet this week that said "Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump's built is the one between him and @FLOTUS," then quickly unliked the tweet. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that her liking and unliking mirrored her facial expressions in the GIF attached to the...

Play of the Day: Putin Gives Trump Some Advice

May 3, 2017 Ivanka Trump's latest book was released this week and it have some secrets to her success. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that the entirety of her success is on the cover in that her last name is on the cover. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Wants to Know Why the Civil War Had to Happen

May 2, 2017 In an interview with Reuters, President Donald Trump said he misses his "old life" and that being president is "actually more work" than being a real estate mogul and reality show host. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the interview, saying "there's a reason Abraham Lincoln is on the five...

Play of the Day: The VOICE Hotline Is Getting Inundated… With the Wrong Type of Calls

May 1, 2017 President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News Channel to mark his first 100 days in office. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the interview, saying the Trump was like "when a kid goes to DisneyWorld and gets to meet all his favorite characters." The Department of Homeland Security launched...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Sends a Bus for Senators

April 28, 2017 After speaking to Mexico's Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada's Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump said this week that he would like to renegotiate parts of NAFTA instead of scrapping it. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the acronym, saying Trump would prefer "North Americans For Twitter Attacks." Trump sent...