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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: How the Rest of the World Sees Donald Trump

July 3, 2017 Last week, the Supreme Court lifted blocks on President Donald Trump's travel ban and granted some exclusions for those with close family in the United States. The lifting of the ban made for a bit of wordplay for Last Week Tonight's John Oliver when he played with the word "ban"...

Play of the Day: Trump's Twitter Feud With the 'Morning Joe' Crew Escalates

June 30, 2017 President Donald Trump insulted MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Thursday morning, calling them "low IQ" and "crazy," respectively, as well as seemingly trying to settle s score from New Year's Eve by saying Brzezinski was bleeding badly from a face-lift" at a Mar-a-Lago party. The Tonight Show's Jimmy...

Play of the Day: Trump's Potential Health Care 'Surprise'

June 29, 2017 President Donald Trump interrupted a diplomatic call with newly-elected Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar by telling Varadkar that Irish reporter Caitriona Perry "has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump then said "Wait, now it's gone" while...

Play of the Day: McConnell Delays the Senate Health Care Vote

June 28, 2017 President Donald Trump's team and DisneyWorld staff are not on the same page regarding Trump's robot in the theme park's Hall of President attraction, according to reports. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, comparing Trump's wife Melania to a robot herself. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed the...

Play of the Day: Sketches of the White House Press Briefings

June 27, 2017 When asked to grade her father's presidency in a recent interview, Ivanka Trump said she would give him "an A, of course." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that a more honest assessment would come from someone who isn't in the president's will… like Eric Trump. The White House has taken...

Play of the Day: The President Sings NSYNC Inadvertently

June 26, 2017 With Senate Republicans releasing their version of the Obamacare repeal late last week, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer made a show of referencing President Donald Trump's frustration with the original "mean" House bill. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver made fun of Schumer, saying "If political theater were actual theater that was...

Play of the Day: The Health Care Bill Draft Is Released

June 23, 2017 President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence hosted members of Congress for the congressional picnic Thursday. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Pence spent the entire event trying to avoid eye contact with the hot dogs. The GOP leadership released its version of the health care bill draft...

Play of the Day: The AHCA Is Less Popular Than The Mummy Remake

June 22, 2017 President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is in Israel this week as an attempt to forge a peace between Israel and Palestine. Conan O'Brien joked that Kushner's attempt was met with laughter after thousands of years of fighting, while Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump will find a new husband for...

Play of the Day: Replacing Sean Spicer

June 21, 2017 Ivanka Trump met with Republican lawmakers this week to discuss potential paid family leave policies. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that plenty of GOP politicians would pay for the Trump family to leave Washington. The Atlantic's Rosie Gray reported that the White House Communications Office is in the process...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump and His Lawyer Say He's Under Investigation. Or Not.

June 20, 2017 It was reported this week that ethics forms show President Donald Trump made $598 million in 2016. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon tied the news to the president's relationship with the tax system. One of Trump's personal lawyers, Jay Sekulow, made the rounds on the Sunday political shows over the...