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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Obama Awards Presidential Medals of Freedom

November 23, 2016 President Obama on Tuesday awarded 20 Presidential Medals of Freedom, recognizing leaders in activism, culture, technology and sports. The ceremony, which Obama said he "always loves" doing, was the final one of its kind for his presidency. Obama has awarded more Medals of Freedom than any previous president, according to...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Has an Issue With the Media

November 23, 2016 Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and potential Homeland Security Director in the Donald Trump administration, is under some criticism for not covering his immigration plan notes during a photo op with Trump this week. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump's first order of business with Kobach...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Twitter Beef With a Broadway Play

November 22, 2016 Over the weekend, Donald Trump settled a lawsuit involving Trump University, a for-profit education project, for $25 million. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump's next step is to call up the Treasury Department and ask for a withdrawal. While some were suggesting Trump's behavior would pivot after the...

Play of the Day: The Secret to Donald Trump's Success

November 21, 2016 United Airlines announced last week that it will be adding a lower level of service on its flights called "basic economy." Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked Friday night that this name is also a book that Donald Trump is furiously reading before he's inaugurated. As Trump fills out his cabinet...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Should Probably Contact the Pentagon

November 18, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump met with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, with one Abe advisor saying that the Japanese leader was told by Trump advisors that Abe should not "take each word that Mr. Trump said publicly literally." Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump's advisors are treating the president-elect like a "drunk...

Play of the Day: Trump's Cabinet Search May Be a Game Show

November 17, 2016 President Barack Obama went on his final scheduled foreign trip as president this week, going to Greece to meet with European leaders. Late-night hosts joked about Obama's trip, with Conan O'Brien saying Obama wanted to "get used to seeing a once-great democracy in ruins, " while The Tonight Show's Jimmy...

Play of the Day: The Commuter-In-Chief?

November 16, 2016 According to reports, Ben Carson was rumored to be part of president-elect Donald Trump's cabinet, but he has taken himself out of consideration. A Carson aide told The Hill that "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency" and that his lack of experience...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Takes on Hate Crimes

November 15, 2016 Donald Trump and Barack Obama met at the White House last week and, according to reports, Trump was overwhelmed by the responsibilities of the office he just won. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump seemed surprised by the scope and that his staff was "unaware that the entire presidential...

Play of the Day: It's Awfully Hard to 'Drain the Swamp'

November 14, 2016 The weekly late-night shows examined the presidential election results over the weekend, with Saturday Night Live turning somber for its cold open. On Weekend Update, though, Michael Che joked that Hillary Clinton may actually be cursed and SNL's Colin Jost made fun of Trump's famous hats. Trump's promise to "drain...

Play of the Day: The Peaceful Transition of Power – And Websites – Has Begun

November 11, 2016 President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump met at the White House Thursday and late-night hosts joked about it quite a bit. Late Show's Stephen Colbert compared the meeting to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah compared it to a bad divorce/dating situation. Trump's transition...

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