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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: Donald Trump's Penchant For Branding

November 2, 2017 After an administration that has supported the placement of Confederate monuments in public squares, a reporter asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for the White House's official position on slavery during a press briefing this week. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying it was the first time a White...

Play of the Day: 12 Years a Lack of Compromise

November 1, 2017 President Donald Trump hosted Halloween festivities this week at the White House, giving candy to children. Conan O'Brien joked about some of the events, saying First Lady Melania Trump's dressed in costume as a "happily married woman." White House Chief of Staff said this week that the American Civil War...

Play of the Day: Mueller's First Indictments

October 31, 2017 President Donald Trump hosted children of journalists at the White House recently for candy in celebration of Halloween and it got slightly awkward when he told some children that they could have some of the sweets because they "have no weight problems." Late Night's Seth Meyers wondered how Trump will...

Play of the Day: School House Trump Explains the 25th Amendment

October 30, 2017 November 8 marks the anniversary of the 2016 election and some Democratic voters will mark the occasion with events titled "Scream Helplessly at the Sky." Fox News' Greg Gutfeld mocked the "sore loser" nature of the events, calling the election a shellacking and showing video of famous crying and screaming...

Play of the Day: A Hiccup in the JFK Files Release

October 27, 2017 President Donald Trump was interviewed by Lou Dobbs this week and was asked about which border wall prototype he liked best. Trump answered "You do need some see-through ability because you don’t know who’s – if you do pure concrete which is a wall then you can’t see who’s on...

Play of the Day: Trump's Version of the Food Pyramid

October 26, 2017 According to reports, the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign was involved in funding the salacious "Trump dossier" as part of opposition research after President Donald Trump's Republican rivals had dropped out of the 2016 race. The Opposition's Jordan Klepper connected the dots on the story, joking about Clinton's...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Feud With Bob Corker Escalates

October 25, 2017 A protestor threw Russian flags at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and yelled "Trump is treason" while being thrown out. Late Night's Seth Meyers connected the news to the 2016 election, joking that the protestor went straight back to her What Happened book tour. Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker was...

Play of the Day: The JFK Assassination Mysteries Will Be Solved

October 24, 2017 The five living former presidents assembled over the weekend at a Texas concert to raise money for victims of hurricanes in Texas, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Florida. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about the event, saying the men looked like an aging boy band reunion tour, complete...

Play of the Day: Trump's Condolence Calls

October 20, 2017 A spurious rumor bounced around the social media last week when a Twitter user posited that First Lady Melania Trump is using a body double in public appearances. The Opposition's Jordan Klepper joked about the news, saying that 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton used body doubles and "two Hillaries were running...

Play of the Day: 'The Apprentice' For Border Walls

October 19, 2017 Hearings in U.S. District Court began this week connected to a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is in violation of the Constitution's Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses. The Opposition's Jordan Klepper joked about the news, noting that trump shouldn't be punished for his D.C. hotel having foreign guests who...