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: Tapes, Trump and More on the Comey Firing

May 15, 2017 According to a recent profile in Time, President Donald Trump gets two scoops of ice cream with his meals while other diners get one. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the dessert, saying Trump likes it "looks like boobs." The weekly shows took on the news of the firing...

Play of the Day: More on the Comey Firing

May 12, 2017 In the wake of this week's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the White House cited low employee morale at the bureau as a reason for the dismissal. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted that in testimony Thursday, saying, “Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does...

Play of the Day: The Nixon Library Wants You to Know that Trump is Not Nixonian

May 11, 2017 President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey continues to be the biggest topic on late-night TV. Russian President Vladimir Putin -- decked out in full hockey pads on his way from the dressing room to the ice -- told CBS News that he had nothing to do...

Play of the Day: The Comey Firing

May 10, 2017 Reports suggest President Donald Trump regrets picking H.R. McMaster for the National Security Advisor post. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news Tuesday night, joking that Trump thought he was getting a hamburger. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday night, with the White House citing the statements...

Play of the Day: Trump Explains Health Care Terms

May 9, 2017 President Donald Trump said that his trip to his New Jersey golf club last weekend saved the taxpayer money and would cause less disruption if he were to spend the weekend in New York. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, suggesting Trump could save the country money by...

Play of the Day: Health Care and Trump's First International Trip

May 8, 2017 The House passed the American Health Care Act last week, replacing Obamacare. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld compared Obamacare to the photos of Barack Obama vacationing after his presidency, while Last Week Tonight's John Oliver compared Jason Chaffetz's arrival for the vote to a "corgi with hip dysplasia." President Donald Trump...

Play of the Day: Trump Is In Touch With the American People

May 5, 2017 White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told a reporter Thursday that "The president stepped up and helped punt the ball into the end zone" in regards to the AHCA vote (though, he more likely said "punch the ball into the end zone"). Despite criticism of the analogy, Late Show's...

Play of the Day: Comey Had to Decide Between 'Really Bad' and 'Catastrophic'

May 4, 2017 First Lady Melania Trump liked a tweet this week that said "Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump's built is the one between him and @FLOTUS," then quickly unliked the tweet. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that her liking and unliking mirrored her facial expressions in the GIF attached to the...

Play of the Day: Putin Gives Trump Some Advice

May 3, 2017 Ivanka Trump's latest book was released this week and it have some secrets to her success. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that the entirety of her success is on the cover in that her last name is on the cover. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Wants to Know Why the Civil War Had to Happen

May 2, 2017 In an interview with Reuters, President Donald Trump said he misses his "old life" and that being president is "actually more work" than being a real estate mogul and reality show host. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the interview, saying "there's a reason Abraham Lincoln is on the five...

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