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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: Comey Wrote Everything Down

June 9, 2017 First Lady Melania Trump is set to move into the White House this month. Conan O'Brien joked about her imminent move, saying she'll move in as soon as Donald Trump moves out. Late-night hosts joked about James Comey's testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday. Late Show's Stephen...

Play of the Day: Trump and Comey Had a Dinner Date at the White House

June 8, 2017 President Donald Trump announced Christopher Wray was his pick for FBI director on Twitter Wednesday morning. Wray, a New Jersey attorney and former Bush administration official, helped defend Chris Christie during the Bridgegate scandal, prompting The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to make fun of Christie's weight. Late Night's Seth Meyers...

Play of the Day: The Trump Administration Wants to Put Reality in Prison

June 7, 2017 According to reports, Second Lady Karen Pence is setting up a beehive at the Vice Presidential residence with tens of thousands of bees. Conan O'Brien joked that her husband may have a problem being near the queen bee, considering his policies on being alone with women. Federal law enforcement arrested...

Play of the Day: Trump Doesn't Care What You Call His Travel Ban

June 6, 2017 President Donald Trump announced a plan Monday to shift U.S. air traffic control functions from the federal government to a private nonprofit corporation. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked that all things in which Trump involves himself "becomes a nonprofit corporation." Colbert also noted Trump talking about other countries' air traffic...

Play of the Day: Despite Withdrawing the U.S. From the Paris Agreement, Coal Jobs Are Like 'Baywatch'

June 5, 2017 President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord last week, prompting late-might shows to joke about climate change and the president. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked that Trump was always skeptical of something named after the French capital and that the agreement would have been...

Play of the Day: Trump Handshakes and Pushes His Way Through Our Allies

May 26, 2017 President Donald Trump met with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron Thursday and the duo's handshakes once again put Trump's style up front. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump should nickname his handshakes like dance moves, while Jimmy Kimmel noted that Macron's power move might mean the U.S. surrendered to...

Play of the Day: The Donald Meets the Pope

May 25, 2017 President Donald Trump's first interventional visit as president continued Wednesday when he met with Pope Francis. Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump felt very at home at the gilded Vatican, joking that all the gold reminded him of a bathroom at Trump Tower. A photo taken after the meeting went viral...

Play of the Day: Trump, With His Budget, Just Wants Americans to Live Frugally

May 24, 2017 According to reports, President Donald Trump asked two intelligence officials to to publicly refute the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the report saying Trump seemed to be talking a lot about something of which he's innocent, while Conan O'Brien tied the news...

How Many Jobs Would Your Agency Lose Under Trump's 2018 Budget?

May 23, 2017 President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request unveiled Tuesday would make good on the administration's promise to reduce the size of the federal workforce, creating a "lean, accountable, more efficient government that works for the American people." The broad outline of the budget released in March did not include much detail...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Does the Sword Dance

May 23, 2017 Karta, a GPS firm, has added "President Donald Trump" as its voice navigation options recently. Late Night's Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien joked about the news and tied it to Trump's love of talking about the November electoral map. Trump is overseas on his first trip abroad as president and...