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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: Playing Trump Word Bingo

August 14, 2017 When asked about his sometimes contentious relationship with Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump last week said "it is what it is." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying Trump got emotional because "it is what it is" was also his wedding vows. Buzzfeed reported last week that...

Play of the Day: Guam is Not Worried

August 11, 2017 David Pekoske was sworn in as the Transportation Security Administration's seventh administrator on Thursday. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, tying the event to TSA's famously long lines. The tension between the United States and North Korea continues to rise, with President Donald Trump refusing to back...

How Much Patriotism do Military Bands Inspire? Watchdog Wants Better Measures

August 10, 2017 When talking about the arts, it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." The Government Accountability Office isn't so sure this is true for music, though, at least in the case of U.S. military bands. The watchdog on Thursday issued a report recommending that the...

Play of the Day: Tensions Build Between the United States and North Korea

August 10, 2017 Vice News reported this week that "a special folder" of positive news coverage is shown to President Donald Trump twice a day. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the folder and Trump's work ethic, while Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump gets a third folder "if he eats his vegetables."...

Play of the Day: Trump Interrupts His Working Vacation to Threaten North Korea

August 9, 2017 President Donald Trump is staying at hie New Jersey golf club while the White House gets renovations costing millions of dollars. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that the cost might be high, but the staff is "child-proofing the whole house." It was reported this week that U.S. intelligence sources...

Play of the Day: Trump's Working Vacation

August 8, 2017 A weekend New York Times report suggested that Vice President Mike Pence is among Republicans eyeing a 2020 presidential run if President Donald Trump does not run for reelection. Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump's prospects for lasting long enough in the job are slim...

John Oliver: We've Been Here Before with a Border Patrol Hiring Surge

August 7, 2017 During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made securing the border a centerpiece of his message. In addition to his signature border wall program, Trump promised to beef up the ranks of federal employees along the border. Much of that hiring would entail bringing in more Border Patrol agents, despite a...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Embarks on a Vacation

August 7, 2017 Late last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press event to reinforce that President Donald Trump's administration will not tolerate leaking, including offering a "don't do it" warning to potential leakers. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld joked that perhaps the warning wasn't enough and had a suggestion from Game of...

Play of the Day: The President Wants to Protect the 'Local Milk People'

August 4, 2017 President Donald Trump is scheduled Friday to leave for a 17-day vacation at his golf resort in New Jersey, according to reports. Jimmy Kimmel tied the news to a joke about Trump's "covfefe" tweet, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that 17 days is more time than New Jersey Governor...

Play of the Day: The President Presents 'This Old Dump'

August 3, 2017 President Donald Trump backed the RAISE Act this week, saying the bill would make United States immigration policy more "merit-based." Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked the bill's English-language requirements means prospective immigrants will have to learn words like "cofeve," while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump's grasp of...