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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: Al Franken and Sexual Harassment

November 17, 2017 The company behind the game Cards Against Humanity is buying land against the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to tie President Donald Trump's proposed border wall up in court. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Jenga could get in on this and big to build the actual wall. On...

Play of the Day: Our Parched President Returns From Asia

November 16, 2017 President Donald Trump returned to the United States from his 12-day trip to Asia and delivered a statement on Wednesday. During the televised event, Trump awkwardly drank from a bottle of Fiji Water and late-night hosts pounced. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that the president looked like "five-year-old coming to...

Homeland Security Brings Explosive Detection Training to D.C.-Area Police Dogs

November 15, 2017 When it comes to detecting explosives, the Homeland Security Department considers dogs — and their noses — to be man's best friend. Canine explosive detection units from seven D.C.-area state and local law enforcement agencies gathered at the Capital One Arena Wednesday to train, collect data and share information. The...

Play of the Day: WikiLeaks and the Trump Campaign

November 15, 2017 President Donald Trump returned from his 12-day Asia trip on Tuesday and was proud of his stamina on said trip. He told reporters on the plane ride home that "lot of people said it’s almost physically impossible for someone to go through 12 days," prompting Late Show's Stephen colbert to...

Play of the Day: Trump, Putin and Kim

November 14, 2017 During his trip to Asia, President Donald Trump met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who told Trump that his government did not meddle in the 2016 election. During a press conference in Vietnam, Trump said “What I said there is that I believe [Putin] believes that and that’s very important...

Play of the Day: President Predictive Text

November 13, 2017 President Donald Trump is in Asia and tweeted about Kim Jong-un over the weekend, saying he "would NEVER call him 'short and fat.'" Saturday Night Live's Michael Che joked that Trump sounded "funny," "vain" and "catty," while Last Week Tonight's John Oliver noted that the tweet would be "the stupidest...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's China Visit

November 10, 2017 According to a new poll, President Donald Trump would lose to a "generic Democrat" in a reelection bid, were the election held today. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the poll, saying "it's the name brands who have trouble." Trump's Asia tour continued in China Thursday and late-night joked about...

Play of the Day: Trump, Gillespie and Twitter

November 9, 2017 Former president Barack Obama reported for jury duty this week in Chicago, but was dismissed quickly from the jury pool. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the news, asking "In order to serve on a jury, you have to be born in the United States, right?" In the election for Virginia governor...

Play of the Day: Trump's Eating Korean Food in Seoul

November 8, 2017 Actor George Clooney said recently that Democratic Party doesn't have a potential presidential candidate to beat President Donald Trump in 2020 because the Democrats don't have anyone “who can light up the room.” Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the quote, doing a Bernie Sanders impression playing on Sanders' frugality....

Play of the Day: Hat-Based Diplomacy

November 7, 2017 A woman was fired from her job recently for giving President Donald Trump's motorcade the middle finger. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, tying it to First Lady Melania Trump. Trump touched down in Japan over the weekend and spent time with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. The Japanese leader made...