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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: Ben Carson is Ready to Run the Housing Department

December 6, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump impulsively tweeted criticism of Saturday Night Live over the weekend after the show's cold open was a sketch about Trump tweeting impulsively. Viceland's Desus and Mero joked that Trump should stop watching a show he clearly hates, while Conan O'Brien joked that Trump's Twitter TV criticism might...

Play of the Day: The Trump Thank You Tour Begins

December 5, 2016 Once he assumes the office in January, Donald Trump will be able to send unblockable text messages to everyone in America whenever he wants. Wireless Emergency Alerts are meant to be used for impending disasters such as, as Late Show's Stephen Colbert pointed out, Trump having the capability to mass-text...

Play of the Day: The Regular Trump and Obama Phone Conversations

December 2, 2016 Rumors are swirling that president-elect Donald Trump is considering former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to head the Veterans Affairs Department during his administration. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted that Palin considers herself a friend of veterans, but John McCain would say otherwise. President Barack Obama and Trump have had...

Play of the Day: Mitt Romney's Awkward Dinner With Donald Trump

December 1, 2016 The First Family decorated the White House for Christmas for the final time in the two terms of Barack Obama this week. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that they savored the moment because Santa Claus probably isn't coming back for the next four years. President-elect Donald Trump dined with...

Play of the Day: Inside Trump's Mind… And Twitter

November 30, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday tweeted that those burning the American flag should face "consequences," which could include "loss of citizenship or year in jail!". Viceland's Desus & Mero joked that the tweet "escalated quickly," while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump would prefer people burn other things like...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is the Twitter President

November 29, 2016 Donald Trump plans to spend plenty of time at New York's Trump Tower during his presidency, which means the Secret Service will have to have some sort of command center there. According to reports, the Secret Service will have to rent out one or two floors in the building, with...

Play of the Day: Celebrities Visiting -- and Living in -- the White House

November 28, 2016 Barack Obama held his final Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony last week at the White House, awarding 20 medals to civilians including Michael Jordan, Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres and Diana Ross. Viceland's Desus & Mero joked that Obama was using his last days of "free rent on taxpayers' dime" to...

Obama Awards Presidential Medals of Freedom

November 23, 2016 President Obama on Tuesday awarded 20 Presidential Medals of Freedom, recognizing leaders in activism, culture, technology and sports. The ceremony, which Obama said he "always loves" doing, was the final one of its kind for his presidency. Obama has awarded more Medals of Freedom than any previous president, according to...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Has an Issue With the Media

November 23, 2016 Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and potential Homeland Security Director in the Donald Trump administration, is under some criticism for not covering his immigration plan notes during a photo op with Trump this week. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump's first order of business with Kobach...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Twitter Beef With a Broadway Play

November 22, 2016 Over the weekend, Donald Trump settled a lawsuit involving Trump University, a for-profit education project, for $25 million. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump's next step is to call up the Treasury Department and ask for a withdrawal. While some were suggesting Trump's behavior would pivot after the...

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