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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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Timeline: These Deadlines Could Affect Your Pay, Job Security

August 28, 2017 A number of crucial government deadlines that could affect federal employees’ pay and job security are fast approaching, and lawmakers will have their work cut out for them when they return from recess on Sept. 5. Contentious battles over fiscal 2018 spending bills and the debt ceiling hike will likely...

Play of the Day: The Many Personalities of Donald Trump

August 25, 2017 Politico is reporting that President Donald Trump is preparing for the 2020 election, despite only being seven months into his first term. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, tying the election to the Robert Mueller investigation into Trump. The president sent out a series of tweets Thursday about media reports...

Play of the Day: Shutdown? Isn't Mexico Going to Pay For the Wall?

August 24, 2017 The New York Times recently reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump are not on speaking terms due to animosity between the two of them. Conan O'Brien joked that Melania Trump asked McConell to teach her how to get in that position. During his Tuesday rally,...

Play of the Day: Trump Calls Terrorists 'Losers'

August 23, 2017 Tuesday night, protestors demonstrated outside of a Phoenix rally featuring President Donald Trump. Conan O'Brien joked that the "'impeach Trump' chants were being lead by Mike Pence," causing an awkward moment. Trump outlined his policy for the war in Afghanistan on Monday in a speech and said he'd "studied Afghanistan...

Play of the Day: Trump Experiences the Eclipse

August 22, 2017 This week saw conflicting reports on the Secret Service's ability to pay its agents to protect President Donald Trump and his family. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying that Trump might let his son Eric go unprotected. Trump experienced the solar eclipse Monday from the White House with First...

Play of the Day: The Demise of Trump's Manufacturing Council

August 21, 2017 Steve Bannon left his job as White House strategist on Friday, prompting late-night to joke about his departure. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld joked that he and other former Trump staffers could start cable news shows, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that the Trump White House is like a...

Play of the Day: The President Loves Beautiful Confederate Statues

August 18, 2017 A 16-year-old high school student named Jack Bergerson is attempting to run for governor in Kansas as a Democrat. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked about the news, saying that Bergerson is the youngest candidate in the party by a factor of about 150 years. President Donald Trump tweeted out...

Play of the Day: Trump's Feud With Amazon

August 17, 2017 The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized this week, National Park Police say. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying it's the second-worst thing to happen to Abraham Lincoln. President Donald Trump criticized Amazon in a tweet Wednesday, causing the company's stock price to drop. Jimmy Kimmel noted the connection between Amazon...

Play of the Day: President Trump Likes to Wait For the Facts

August 16, 2017 President Donald Trump arrived in New York this week to finish his time away from the White House while it is renovated. Trump will stay at Trump Tower, prompting The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke that his wake-up calls would just be a staff member giving him his poll...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Addresses the Violence in Charlottesville

August 15, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence is in South America right now on a diplomatic trip and addressed the situation in Venezuela by saying the country is "sliding into dictatorship." Conan O'Brien joked about Pence's comments, saying that Pence is there to take notes. President Donald Trump gave a statement Monday at...