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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: Easter at the White House

April 13, 2017 After comparing Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler this week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized for his comments . Conan O'Brien joked that Spicer may not have learned his lesson, considering his comments in the first place. The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is coming up and the...

Play of the Day: Sean Spicer's Inner Monologue

April 12, 2017 Former president Bill Clinton tweeted this past weekend that he was meeting former president George H.W. Bush for an annual visit. Conan O'Brien joked that Clinton was only using the tweet as the perfect alibi. White House Press Secretary apologized late Tuesday afternoon after he, earlier in the day, made...

Play of the Day: The Supreme Court's New Justice

April 11, 2017 Russia recently banned photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin in drag-style makeup, along with other "extremist materials." Conan O'Brien joked about the news Monday, noting the nature of one of Putin's most famous photographs. Justice Neil Gorsuch was sworn in Monday to the Supreme Court Monday after a long and...

Play of the Day: The Complicated Situation in Syria

April 10, 2017 President Donald Trump ate dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate while airstrikes on Syria were being conducted. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld noted the distracted nature of their meal together, comparing Trump to a person on a date checking their phone. The airstrikes were a main topic...

Play of the Day: Steve Bannon's Role in the White House

April 7, 2017 President Donald Trump is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this weekend at Mar-a-Lago to discuss the two nations' shared world interests. Citing the news, Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Trump's pronunciation of the word "China" and Trump's knowledge of world affairs. White House strategist Steve Bannon was taken...

Play of the Day: Photos From Jared Kushner's Big Trip

April 6, 2017 White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council on Wednesday, prompting late-night hosts to joke about his appearance. Late Night's Seth Meyers implied that he looks like a sketchy drifter, while Desus & Mero joked that he resembles someone turning into a zombie. President Donald...

Play of the Day: The Wall Will Only Be Beautiful on the U.S. Side

April 5, 2017 President Donald Trump donated his first quarter presidential salary to the National Park Service this week when Press Secretary Sean handed over a mock check to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg before Spicer's press briefing. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the...

Play of the Day: Jared Kushner's Many White House Roles

April 4, 2017 President Donald Trump walked out of the Oval Office Friday during an executive order signing without signing said orders, prompting late-night hosts to joke about the event. Viceland's Desus & Mero noted Trump's less-confident walk at the White House, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump looked like a...

Play of the Day: George W. Bush's Reaction to the Inauguration

April 3, 2017 The news of House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes and his intelligence on surveillance of Trump Tower by Barack Obama's administration hit Last Week Tonight over the weekend and host John Oliver has dubbed it "Stupid Watergate." Oliver gave his reason for the name by saying "it could very well take...

Play of the Day: Trump's April Schedule

April 2, 2017 President Donald Trump took credit last week for a jobs announcement from Ford Motor Company that was first announced two years ago. Conan O'Brien and his staff had some more things for which Trump could take credit, including a deal at the supermarket and even Easter. The president has a...