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 Says Clinton Started Birther Movement… and Wants to Build a Big Wall

September 19, 2016 Donald Trump's foundation has been under scrutiny recently for a lack of transparency and a confusing money trail to and from the foundation. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the foundation, citing Trump's receipt of a trophy from the Palm Beach Police Foundation and joking about Trump's penchant for marrying...

Play of the Day: Mr. Trump Meets Dr. Oz

September 16, 2016 Hillary Clinton is going to be featured in the October issue of Women's Health magazine. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon giggled joking about, saying Clinton will next be on the cover of Bad Timing magazine. Donald Trump's health is also in the news after the candidate went on the Dr....

Trump Takes Aim at 'Food Police,' Excessive Government Regulation

September 15, 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he wants to cut down on government waste, and it now appears that the Food and Drug Administration's food safety regulations will be one of his first targets. In a fact sheet distributed to reporters Thursday and reported by The Hill, the Trump...

Play of the Day: Colin Powell's Candid Comments Reflect the American Mood

September 15, 2016 Donald Trump taped an appearance with debunked supplement peddler Dr. Mehmet Oz Wednesday and made headlines by reiterating his love of fast food because "at least you know what they are putting in it." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump's off-base because his beloved KFC specifically specifically tries to...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia is a Very Big Deal

September 14, 2016 In light of Hillary Clinton's bout with walking pneumonia, her presidential rival Donald Trump is going to speak about his own health on television this week with TV personality and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Conan O'Brien joked about this, saying Trump will later talk immigration with noted Latina cartoon Dora the...

Play of the Day: 'Basket of Deplorables' Was Not the Right Term

September 13, 2016 Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia last week, but her campaign was less than transparent about her health issues on the campaign trail. As Jimmy Kimmel put it Monday night, the conspiracy theories about Clinton "would be harder to believe if they didn't actually come true." Clinton is under fire...

Play of the Day: Sarcasm, Kim Jong-Un's Hair and North Korean Nukes

September 12, 2016 With the candidates' health in the news, Chelsea Handler joked about Donald Trump's doctor and Trump's nutrition regimen Friday. She also joked about Hillary Clinton's recent health problems by saying we might want a president who doesn't "need to be airlifted up a flight of stairs." Last week, North Korea...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Plans

September 9, 2016 Mike Pence broke with Donald Trump this week by saying he believes Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying Pence still hasn't clarified whether or he he was born in Legoland. Trump and Hillary Clinton spoke at a forum on military policy...

Photos: The 9/11 Attacks

September 9, 2016 Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Nearly 3,000 people died, including 125 at the Pentagon. As Kellie Lunney writes, the attacks taught Americans "painful but valuable lessons about survival, leadership and community." The whole of the federal government was involved in...

Play of the Day: Giving Hillary Clinton a More Presidential Look

September 8, 2016 Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz endorsed Hillary Clinton this week, saying that it's "obvious" that she should be the next president. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Starbucks' famed problems with names, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the coffee chain's seasonal predilection toward all things pumpkin. During an...

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