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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: Donald Trump is Coming for Every Store in the Mall

February 9, 2017 President Donald Trump met with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah this week, but not to meet about Congressional oversight. Instead, the two talked about postal reform, prompting Late Show's Stephen Colbert to say Trump wants to know "how many stamps to put on Jason Chaffetz's...

Play of the Day: Betsy DeVos, the Senate and Percentages

February 8, 2017 President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he doesn't "know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy." Jimmy Kimmel joked that "the haters are going crazy" would be cause for alarm in any other presidential administration, while Viceland's Desus and Mero joked that Trump's tweets...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Calls All the Shots, OK?

February 7, 2017 President Donald Trump watched the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl on Sunday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Late night hosts joked about the photos that emerged from the event, with Jimmy Kimmel joking that the shindig looked like a "wedding at the Hilton by the airport," while...

Play of the Day: What We've Learned From Trump's First Two Weeks

February 6, 2017 The inner workings of the White House under president Donald Trump are getting more scrutiny since inauguration, including the president's television habits. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about trump's predilection toward tweeting about things he sees on TV by joking that he'll soon be parrotting Geico's famed slogan about 15%....

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Talks to Foreign Leaders

February 4, 2017 President Donald Trump spoke to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto recently, with the Associated Press saying Trump telling the Mexican leader that there are some "bad hombres" in Mexico. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that the bright side is that Trump is "learning Spanish," while Late Night's Seth Meyers...

Play of the Day: The President Prays For The Terminator

February 3, 2017 President Donald Trump's personal doctor, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, spoke to the New York Times this week about the president's daily dose of pills like hair growth medicine Propecia. Conan O'Brien joked about where Trump is growing hair, while The Tonight Show noted some of the Trump-specific side effects of...

Play of the Day: President Trump Celebrates Black History Month

February 2, 2017 Two weeks after he left office, former president Barack Obama was spotted on a private island this week vacationing. Obama was wearing flip flops and a backward baseball hat, prompting Conan O'Brien to joke that he looks like a "cool English teacher," while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that...

Play of the Day: Trump Missed a Chance to Use His Catchphrase

February 1, 2017 President Donald Trump met with pharmaceutical company executives this week, pledging to work with them to lower costs to consumers. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the meeting, connecting the industry meeting to the size of Trump's hands. Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to enforce...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Loves 'Finding Dory'

January 31, 2017 Over the weekend, president Donald Trump said that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of shedding "fake tears" after Schumer cried while talking about Trump's executive order on immigration. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the statement Monday night, saying Trump's wife Melania replied "Trust me: He doesn't know when someone...

Play of the Day: Trump is Signing Executive Orders… With a Certain Style

January 30, 2017 Last week, president Donald Trump's administration floated a 20% import tax on goods coming from Mexico as a funding source for the border wall. In response, bar owners' son Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted "Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a...