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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 Wants Obama Out From Under His Bed

March 7, 2017 On Saturday, rallies in support of President Donald Trump took place across the nation. Conan O'Brien joked about the underwhelming attendance numbers, tying the joke to Trump's claims about his inauguration crowds. Trump's Saturday tweets alleging his predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped his phone were the main topic of late-night hosts...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Inconsistent Twitter Priorities

March 6, 2017 Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions found himself embroiled in controversy over statements he made about a meeting he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while Sessions was a part of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about Sessions' civil rights record, saying he...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Tries Out a New Look

March 5, 2017 Much has been made about the President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and its potential connections to the Russian government that may have interfered with the 2016 election. A Congressional committee is set to investigate the potential connections, with the committee saying it will follow the evidence "wherever it leads." Late...

Play of the Day: Jeff Sessions Fits Well in Trump's Cabinet

March 3, 2017 House Republicans are keeping the health care bill locked away in a basement, creating a scavenger hunt-like search for it. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, suggesting the Nicholas Cage could come to the rescue. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference yesterday about his meeting...

Play of the Day: Trump's New Office… And Its Acronym

March 2, 2017 President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday night included the president saying he would work with " our friends and allies in the Muslim world." The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that Trump never uses the words "Muslims" and "friends" in the same sentence unless it's something like "Friends! Let's get those...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Speaks to Congress

March 1, 2017 White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway was photographed sitting while wearing her shoes on an Oval Office couch this week, prompting some media attention. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the photograph, saying Conway wasn't wearing shoes, but "alternative socks." The Daily Show's Trevor Noah also joked about the picture,...

Play of the Day: Sean Spicer Tries to Stop the Leaking

February 28, 2017 After a meeting with governors late last week, President Donald Trump said "nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated" about Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that at least one woman knew, while Late Show's Stephen Colbert could name one...

Play of the Day: The Translating Donald Trump

February 27, 2017 President Donald Trump's immigration policies include more deportations and includes hiring 10,000 new Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about the news, saying Trump normally terrifies an immigrant by texting "Melania 'Coming home early. Feeling horny.'" Trump's unique speaking style has some foreign translators in a...

Play of the Day: Trump Answers Can Come From Anywhere or Anyone

February 26, 2017 Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee defended President Donald Trump against the press recently, saying, “He won. I didn’t vote for him, but he won. Let’s let him get his feet under him and build an administration and move on.” The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Chafee's public profile,...

Play of the Day: The President's Golf Game

February 24, 2017 The federal government rescinded guidance from the Barack Obama administration on bathroom usage for transgender students this week, with rumored disagreement in the Donald Trump administration between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the conversation, noting Sessions' record on civil rights....