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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The Oregon Occupiers Left Behind Quite a Mess

March 25, 2016 The total bill is still being determined for the six-week occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. But based on photos the Fish and Wildlife Service released of the mess the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom group left behind, the cleanup portion alone could be significant. USFWS published photographs on its...

Play of the Day: Apple and the FBI Trade Barbs

March 25, 2016 Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have been in a feud that started this week over a nude photo of Trump's wife Melania. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon explained that Trump is angry because it's the first time he's seen his wife nude in many years. The privacy battle between Apple...

Play of the Day: Trump and Cruz Involve Each Other's Wives in the Campaign

March 24, 2016 Donald Trump won Arizona's GOP primary this week, continuing his march toward the Republican nomination. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Trump's hair and the western climate, while Jimmy Fallon joked about Trump's policies and the Grand Canyon. A new anti-Trump ad featuring an old nude modeling photo of...

Play of the Day: More From Obama's Havana Trip

March 23, 2016 Sarah Palin has signed on to star in pilot for a Judge Judy-type show to be filmed soon. Conan O'Brien noted that such shows featured deadbeat dads, drunks and barroom brawlers, as they all exist in her own family. Barack Obama visited Havana this week as part of the normalization...

Play of the Day: Obama's Awkward Moment in Cuba

March 22, 2016 A recent study found that Donald Trump's speeches this election cycle use grammar around that of a fifth grade student. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked abouts Trump's adverb use, while Conan O'Brien said fifth grade is two higher than his supporters. Barack Obama landed in Cuba Sunday on an historic...

Last Week Tonight: Trump's Wall Won't Work, Let's Just Give Everyone Waffle Irons

March 21, 2016 Donald Trump's main policy point during his 2016 campaign for president has been a "big, beautiful wall" along the southwest border with Mexico to keep immigrants, guns and drugs from crossing into the United States. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver actually examined the border wall idea Sunday night and found...

Play of the Day: A Look Inside Donald Trump's Brain

March 18, 2016 Scientists this week announced that they have devised a system that would stop users from using Twitter while drunk. 's Seth Meyers highlighted a fake Marco Rubio tweet that could've used such a technology. Donald Trump told MSNBC's Morning Joe this week that his top foreign policy advisor is himself...

Play of the Day: That's a Lot of Confetti, John Kasich

March 17, 2016 Marco Rubio's primary loss in Florida Tuesday caused him to suspend his campaign this week. but Late Night's Seth Meyers found a silver lining for the Miami native: He can go back to his day job as a Lego businessman. Ohio governor John Kasich won the Buckeye state's primary this...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton's Unforced Errors

March 16, 2016 Bill De Blasio said this week that Donald Trump's campaign is using "the worst kind of racism" this election cycle. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon wondered if De Blasio wasn't clear by asking the mayor a simple question: "What's the best kind of racism?" Hillary Clinton remains the frontrunner for...

D.C.-Area Feds May Take Unscheduled Leave as Metro Shuts Down for 29 Hours

March 15, 2016 This story has been updated. D.C.-area federal employees will get some unexpected leave or telework this week as the subway serving hundreds of thousands of Washington-area workers will shut down for at least 29 hours Wednesday and Thursday morning for safety inspections and potential repairs. OPM announced that agencies in...

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