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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: '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...

Play of the Day: Trump Is Calling, Writing, Not Calling and Not Writing

October 18, 2017 EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently told a group of miners that "the war on coal is over" in regards to repealing an Obama-era power plant rule. The Opposition's Jordan Klepper joked about the news on Tuesday, saying America needs more masculine jobs like coal miners, whalers and Confederate soldiers (though...

Play of the Day: How Donald Trump Sees Chicago

October 17, 2017 According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump has disavowed the Iran nuclear deal and has called it the “worst deal ever.” The Opposition's Jordan Klepper joked about the deal Monday night, saying that, despite his Cabinet affirming the deal's efficacy, Barack Obama's signature on the deal is the...

Play of the Day: The Border Wall Prototypes Are Here

October 16, 2017 President Donald Trump lamented the state of the news media last week, saying, "It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write and people should want to look into it." Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked that Trump may be off-base because the...

Play of the Day: Another Trump Executive Order Signing

October 13, 2017 According to a new Pew report, Arabic is the the most-spoken language among new immigrants to the United States. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, noting that "whispering" is the second-most common. President Donald Trump held an executive order signing Thursday repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act...

Play of the Day: Fixing Trump's Tweets About the News Media

October 12, 2017 The United States men's national soccer team team will not participate in the upcoming World Cup tournament after losing to Trinidad and Tobago this week. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, suggesting President Donald Trump doesn't know what Trinidad and Tobago is, exactly. Trump has renewed a...

Play of the Day: Trump and Tillerson Compare IQ Tests

October 11, 2017 White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters this week to "get a sense of humor" after being asked questions about President Donald Trump making a joke in a recent interview. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about her comment, saying she might not be the best messenger being that...

Play of the Day: Mike Pence Tries to Attend a Colts Game

October 10, 2017 Over the weekend on Twitter, President Donald Trump criticized late-night TV hosts, saying they have "very 'unfunny' & repetitive material, always anti-Trump!" Jimmy Kimmel and Late Show's Stephen Colbert wondered why Trump used quotes for the word "unfunny," with Kimmel suggesting Trump doesn't know what air quotes are. Vice President...

Play of the Day: North Korea Doesn't Understand American Holidays

October 6, 2017 President Donald Trump surpassed Pope Francis as the most-followed world leader on Twitter this week with 39.7 million followers. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, noting Pope Francis' boss only had 12 followers when he was alive. A CIA official predicted this week that North Korea will...

Play of the Day: Secretaries of State Are Just Like Us

October 5, 2017 During his trip to Puerto Rico this week, President Donald Trump seemed to have mixed up the Air Force and Coast Guard while meeting a representative of the former. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying Trump ordered ice cream from a Navy in white dress uniform. Secretary...