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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: Mar-a-Lago is the Open-Air Florida Situation Room

February 14, 2017 Republican National Convention speaker, Donald Trump supporter and actor Scott Baio declared this week that he will no longer be shopping at Nordstrom after the department store dropped President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka's clothing line from its stores, due to dwindling sales. Conan O'Brien joked about this development, mocking Baio's...

Play of the Day: Trump and Abe Share a Powerful Handshake

February 13, 2017 Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted "SEE YOU IN COURT" after he was dealt a court defeat over his immigration executive order. Saturday Night Live's Michael Che joked about the reaction, saying Trump is like a man who got beat up in an alley, yelling "Let's take this outside!" Japanese...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Can't Tweet About Everything, Can He?

February 12, 2017 According to reports, former governor of Alaska -- and Play of the Day favorite -- Sarah Palin is being considered to be the ambassador to Canada in Donald Trump's administration. Real Time's Bill Maher joked that the job is great for Palin if she can learn the language. Trump has...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Will See You in Court, Judges

February 10, 2017 White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway went on television Thursday and said “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff,” after president Donald Trump tweeted negatively about Nordstrom dropping his daughter's clothing line due to poor sales. This may have run afoul of federal law against personal gain through public office, prompting Late Show's Stephen...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Coming for Every Store in the Mall

February 9, 2017 President Donald Trump met with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah this week, but not to meet about Congressional oversight. Instead, the two talked about postal reform, prompting Late Show's Stephen Colbert to say Trump wants to know "how many stamps to put on Jason Chaffetz's...

Play of the Day: Betsy DeVos, the Senate and Percentages

February 8, 2017 President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he doesn't "know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy." Jimmy Kimmel joked that "the haters are going crazy" would be cause for alarm in any other presidential administration, while Viceland's Desus and Mero joked that Trump's tweets...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Calls All the Shots, OK?

February 7, 2017 President Donald Trump watched the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl on Sunday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Late night hosts joked about the photos that emerged from the event, with Jimmy Kimmel joking that the shindig looked like a "wedding at the Hilton by the airport," while...

Play of the Day: What We've Learned From Trump's First Two Weeks

February 6, 2017 The inner workings of the White House under president Donald Trump are getting more scrutiny since inauguration, including the president's television habits. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about trump's predilection toward tweeting about things he sees on TV by joking that he'll soon be parrotting Geico's famed slogan about 15%....

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Talks to Foreign Leaders

February 4, 2017 President Donald Trump spoke to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto recently, with the Associated Press saying Trump telling the Mexican leader that there are some "bad hombres" in Mexico. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that the bright side is that Trump is "learning Spanish," while Late Night's Seth Meyers...

Play of the Day: The President Prays For The Terminator

February 3, 2017 President Donald Trump's personal doctor, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, spoke to the New York Times this week about the president's daily dose of pills like hair growth medicine Propecia. Conan O'Brien joked about where Trump is growing hair, while The Tonight Show noted some of the Trump-specific side effects of...

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