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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: Health Care and Trump's First International Trip

May 8, 2017 The House passed the American Health Care Act last week, replacing Obamacare. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld compared Obamacare to the photos of Barack Obama vacationing after his presidency, while Last Week Tonight's John Oliver compared Jason Chaffetz's arrival for the vote to a "corgi with hip dysplasia." President Donald Trump...

Play of the Day: Trump Is In Touch With the American People

May 5, 2017 White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told a reporter Thursday that "The president stepped up and helped punt the ball into the end zone" in regards to the AHCA vote (though, he more likely said "punch the ball into the end zone"). Despite criticism of the analogy, Late Show's...

Play of the Day: Comey Had to Decide Between 'Really Bad' and 'Catastrophic'

May 4, 2017 First Lady Melania Trump liked a tweet this week that said "Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump's built is the one between him and @FLOTUS," then quickly unliked the tweet. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that her liking and unliking mirrored her facial expressions in the GIF attached to the...

Play of the Day: Putin Gives Trump Some Advice

May 3, 2017 Ivanka Trump's latest book was released this week and it have some secrets to her success. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that the entirety of her success is on the cover in that her last name is on the cover. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Wants to Know Why the Civil War Had to Happen

May 2, 2017 In an interview with Reuters, President Donald Trump said he misses his "old life" and that being president is "actually more work" than being a real estate mogul and reality show host. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the interview, saying "there's a reason Abraham Lincoln is on the five...

Play of the Day: The VOICE Hotline Is Getting Inundated… With the Wrong Type of Calls

May 1, 2017 President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News Channel to mark his first 100 days in office. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the interview, saying the Trump was like "when a kid goes to DisneyWorld and gets to meet all his favorite characters." The Department of Homeland Security launched...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Sends a Bus for Senators

April 28, 2017 After speaking to Mexico's Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada's Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump said this week that he would like to renegotiate parts of NAFTA instead of scrapping it. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the acronym, saying Trump would prefer "North Americans For Twitter Attacks." Trump sent...

Play of the Day: The Other Red Button in the Oval Office

April 27, 2017 First Lady Melania Trump celebrated her 47th birthday on Wednesday and President Donald Trump tweeted his birthday wishes to her. Conan O'Brien joked that it was the first time Trump "has something nice to an immigrant" while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that we all know what Melania wished on...

Play of the Day: The Stages of the Wall Bargaining

April 26, 2017 White House official Ivanka Trump spoke at a German conference this week and was booed when she suggested her father President Donald Trump is "a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive." Conan O'Brien said Tuesday night that Ivanka just got bad advice ("Always open with a...

Play of the Day: The Wall and the Potential Shutdown

April 25, 2017 President Donald Trump had separate phone calls with the leaders of Japan and China Monday to discuss North Korea. Conan O'Brien joked that Trump "was shocked to learn that those are two different people." Reports circulated this week that Trump might veto a potential government funding bill if money for...