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: Naming and Explaining the GOP Health Care Plan

March 10, 2017 First Lady Melania Trump's approval ratings are climbing, but there is a discrepancy in gender in those ratings. Fifty-eight percent of men view her favorably, while 46% of women surveyed do. Jimmy Kimmel has a simple explanation for that: Women base their thoughts on what she says and does, while...

Play of the Day: Health Care and Paper Stacks

March 9, 2017 First Lady Melania Trump's favorability rating is up 16 points since President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January. Conan O'Brien joked that her "feel sorry for her" ratings are even higher… upwards of 90%. Republicans unveiled their Obamacare replacement plan this week to some controversy. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked...

Play of the Day: The HUD Secretary Talks Immigration… And Slavery

March 8, 2017 White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced this week that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi later this month. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, suggesting al-Abadi is already here, but has been detained at the airport thanks to President Donald Trump's immigration restrictions. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben...

Play of the Day: Trump Wants Obama Out From Under His Bed

March 7, 2017 On Saturday, rallies in support of President Donald Trump took place across the nation. Conan O'Brien joked about the underwhelming attendance numbers, tying the joke to Trump's claims about his inauguration crowds. Trump's Saturday tweets alleging his predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped his phone were the main topic of late-night hosts...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Inconsistent Twitter Priorities

March 6, 2017 Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions found himself embroiled in controversy over statements he made about a meeting he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while Sessions was a part of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about Sessions' civil rights record, saying he...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Tries Out a New Look

March 5, 2017 Much has been made about the President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and its potential connections to the Russian government that may have interfered with the 2016 election. A Congressional committee is set to investigate the potential connections, with the committee saying it will follow the evidence "wherever it leads." Late...

Play of the Day: Jeff Sessions Fits Well in Trump's Cabinet

March 3, 2017 House Republicans are keeping the health care bill locked away in a basement, creating a scavenger hunt-like search for it. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, suggesting the Nicholas Cage could come to the rescue. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference yesterday about his meeting...

Play of the Day: Trump's New Office… And Its Acronym

March 2, 2017 President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday night included the president saying he would work with " our friends and allies in the Muslim world." The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that Trump never uses the words "Muslims" and "friends" in the same sentence unless it's something like "Friends! Let's get those...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Speaks to Congress

March 1, 2017 White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway was photographed sitting while wearing her shoes on an Oval Office couch this week, prompting some media attention. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the photograph, saying Conway wasn't wearing shoes, but "alternative socks." The Daily Show's Trevor Noah also joked about the picture,...

Play of the Day: Sean Spicer Tries to Stop the Leaking

February 28, 2017 After a meeting with governors late last week, President Donald Trump said "nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated" about Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that at least one woman knew, while Late Show's Stephen Colbert could name one...

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