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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 'Mean, Mean, Mean' Health Care Bill

June 19, 2017 Last week, President Donald Trump stopped by the Supreme Court and a photo he took with the justices has gone viral. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's expression reminds of him of "the face everyone makes when they see their Tinder date in person." With news...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Tweeting About Witch Hunts Again

June 16, 2017 After the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last week, former president Barack Obama texted Golden State star Kevin Durant to congratulate him. Meanwhile, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked, Cleveland star Lebron James got a one-word text from someone else reading "loser." The Washington...

Play of the Day: The President's Birthday Cards

June 15, 2017 Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said this week that Democrats could do well to appeal to young voters. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that at least one infamous Democrat may have to avoid young voters or face criminal consequences. President Donald Trump celebrated his 71st birthday on Wednesday and late-night celebrated...

Play of the Day: Jeff Sessions and Recusals

June 14, 2017 Bestselling author Stephen King said this week that President Donald Trump blocked him on social media. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying "The world's scariest writer blocked Stephen King on Twitter." Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, defending himself against allegations...

Play of the Day: Trump's Cabinet Praises Him

June 13, 2017 Melania and Barron Trump moved into the White House over the weekend, prompting late-night to joke about the First Family. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Melania only brought a week's worth of clothes, while Jimmy Kimmel used some in-law joked about Melania's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, moving...

Play of the Day: The Benefits of the Trump Loyalty Card

June 12, 2017 Melania and Barron Trump moved into the White House over the weekend after Barron finished up the school year in New York. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the move saying Donald Trump was able to convince his wife to move to D.C. by replacing Michelle Obama's vegetable garden with a Bergdorf...

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...