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: The Translating Donald Trump

February 27, 2017 President Donald Trump's immigration policies include more deportations and includes hiring 10,000 new Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about the news, saying Trump normally terrifies an immigrant by texting "Melania 'Coming home early. Feeling horny.'" Trump's unique speaking style has some foreign translators in a...

Play of the Day: Trump Answers Can Come From Anywhere or Anyone

February 26, 2017 Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee defended President Donald Trump against the press recently, saying, “He won. I didn’t vote for him, but he won. Let’s let him get his feet under him and build an administration and move on.” The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Chafee's public profile,...

Play of the Day: The President's Golf Game

February 24, 2017 The federal government rescinded guidance from the Barack Obama administration on bathroom usage for transgender students this week, with rumored disagreement in the Donald Trump administration between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the conversation, noting Sessions' record on civil rights....

Play of the Day: More From Trump's Visit to The National Museum of African American History and Culture

February 23, 2017 The 89th annual Academy Awards are coming up this weekend and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said this week that President Donald Trump will not be watching the event. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Spicer, saying he would be there because he's nominated for Most Animated Short. Martin...

Play of the Day: The President and his HUD Secretary Pick Visit the NMAAHC

February 22, 2017 President Donald Trump selected Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new National Security Adviser this week. Tuesday night, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about McMaster's look, comparing the new Cabinet member to Mr. Clean. Trump visited the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Tuesday, accompanied by...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Controversial Florida Rally

February 21, 2017 Chris Christie recently recounted a story of a meal in which President Donald Trump ordered meatloaf for the two of them while letting other members of their party order whatever they wanted. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the story Monday night, saying it was the second course of the...

Play of the Day: Trump is Here to Deal With Israel, Palestine and, Of Course, Sweden

February 20, 2017 Americans celebrated President's Day weekend and, in time for the holiday, C-SPAN released its presidential rankings. James Buchanan was ranked last, but The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that President Donald Trump's Thursday press conference might have knocked the current president into that spot. Trump hosted a press conference in...

Play of the Day: Trump-era Cocktails

February 18, 2017 Recently, the United States Tennis Association accidentally played a Nazi-era version of Germany's national anthem, "Deutchland Deutschland Über Alles" at a match. Conan O'Brien joked that controversial White House official Steve Bannon may have been behind the switch. According to a recent report, President -- and teetoler -- Donald Trump...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's First Solo Press Conference as President

February 17, 2017 President Donald Trump will hold a rally near Orlando this weekend for supporters. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked Thursday that Trump will visit Epcot Center after the event, just to insult countries at the World Showcase. Trump held a press conference Thursday after he announced his new pick to...

Play of the Day: Firing Flynn Was Right Up Trump's Alley

February 16, 2017 During a press conference in Washington Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "There is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump." Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the comment, joking that Trump replied "Absolutely. I love Florida." With the controversy surrounding...

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