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: 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...

Play of the Day: Mike Pence Really Likes Eating Meals With Karen Pence

March 31, 2017 President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka has a new office in the White House, though the hiring process and role s unclear. Conan O'Brien joked about Ivanka's new role, comparing her to Melania Trump and her having not moved to D.C. The Washington Post this week rehashed a 2002 anecdote about...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Relationship with Baseball

March 30, 2017 Donald Trump named his son-in-law Jared Kushner to head the new Office of American Innovation this week. In talking about the office, Kushner said he's like to run government more "like a business." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Americans might like this and want to find out about...

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...

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