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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: 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...

Play of the Day: The Wall is Already Working

January 27, 2017 In an interview with ABC, President Donald Trump called the moment of getting the nuclear codes "a very sobering moment." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the quote, calling it "interesting because that's when most people started drinking." By signing an executive order this week, Trump put in motion...

Play of the Day: Trump's Going to Fix All the Problems He Sees on the Television

January 26, 2017 President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week authorizing the building of a wall along the United States' southern border. Trump also said Mexico will reimburse the U.S. for the cost, prompting Jimmy Kimmel to joke that it sounds like something out of "an email from a Nigerian prince."...

Play of the Day: Sean Spicer's Tough First Week on the Job

January 25, 2017 The Academy Award nominations were revealed Tuesday morning. Late Night's Seth Meyers tied the news to politics, joking that Hillary Clinton was nominated for her performance at Donald Trump's inauguration, while Conan O'Brien tied the news to the president's recent spurious claims about the election. Trump told Congressional leaders this...

Play of the Day: Crowd Sizes and 'Alternative Facts'

January 24, 2017 The Women's March on Saturday drew millions of people around the world, including a march in Antarctica. Conan O'Brien joked that that march may have been misreported, considering the regularity of the march of the penguins, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon made a pun on the word "seal." White...

Play of the Day: Michelle Obama's Inauguration Facial Expressions Were America's Barometer

January 23, 2017 President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and the weekend late-night shows were all over it. As part of the festivities, Trump held a concert lacking in star power on Thursday night at the Lincoln Memorial. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost...

Play of the Day: Famous Dancer Rick Perry is Ready to Lead the Energy Department

January 20, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump will keep on dozens of Barack Obama administration officials during the first days of the Trump administration. Thursday night, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that those officials might include Obama himself Rick Perry, Trump's nominee to lead the Energy Department, began his confirmation hearings on Capitol...