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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's Low Approval Rating

March 29, 2017 President Donald Trump turned down the Washington Nationals' offer to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the team's home opener next week. Both Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump's views on immigration could come in conflict with Major League Baseball's Central American workforce. Trump's approval...

Stephen Colbert: Agencies Should Stop Thinking of Americans As 'Customers'

March 28, 2017 The news that President Donald Trump named his son-in-law Jared Kushner to head the new Office of American Innovation gave the Late Show's Stephen Colbert plenty of material to work with during a segment Monday night. Kushner already has a full plate in the White House managing the Middle East...

Play of the Day: Trump Gets Back on the Links

March 28, 2017 A woman was arrested recently for trying to jump the White House fence multiple times in one week. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that he thinks the jumper's identity matches that of a certain ambitious former Secretary of State, who's just trying to get into what she thinks is...

Play of the Day: The Health Care Bill That Wasn't

March 27, 2017 Rep. Devin Nunes said last week that there was reason to believe there was "incidental collection" of information on President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign by Barack Obama's administration. Fox News Greg Gutfeld unpacked the news Saturday, joking that Trump being half-right about his wiretaps claims makes him "among...

Play of the Day: Why Isn't 'Fat Leonard' a Bigger News Story?

March 26, 2017 President Donald Trump's son Donald Jr. was featured in a New York Times feature recently that had accompanying photos of him in the woods sitting awkwardly on a tree stump. The photos went viral and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon put together a video about his love of the woods,...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is President and You're Not

March 24, 2017 President Donald Trump met with trucking industry executives Thursday and climbed into a truck cab to act as though he was driving the big rig. Trump even honked the horn, prompting Jimmy Kimmel to joke that he saw a "honk if you're horny" bumper sticker and Melania's been in New...

Play of the Day: Paul Manafort's Russian Ties and Donald Trump

March 23, 2017 Mick Mulvaney, the head of the Office of Management and Budget, made the media rounds late last week calling President Donald Trump's budget plan a "hard power budget." Full Frontal's Samantha Bee joked that she thought those three words sounded more like the names of workout enthusiast Paul Ryan's kids....

Play of the Day: Ivanka Trump Gets an Office in the White House

March 22, 2017 President Donald Trump signed a bill authorizing almost $20 billion in NASA funding this week, encouraging the agency to continue on its goal of putting a human on Mars. Conan O'Brien joked that Trump wants to put people on Mars and then put a casino up there. According to reports,...

Play of the Day: After the Wall, Trump Will Build a Dragon Dome

March 21, 2017 A man this weekend claimed he evaded Secret Service agents at Mar-a-Lago to snap a selfie in President Donald Trump's private study. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that this was impossible, because there's no way Trump has a study. FBI Director James Comey testified on Capitol Hill Monday and...

John Oliver on Trump's Budget Plan: It's 'The End Credits For America'

March 20, 2017 Last Week Tonight's John Oliver built his show's main segment Sunday night around the release of President Trump's budget plan. The so-called "skinny budget ... sounds like a line item that Trump might've included in one of his pre-nups," the comedian quipped. Oliver noted that CNN's presentation of the severe...