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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: Reading the Storybook Version of 'What Happened'

September 13, 2017 A Twitter account belonging to Senator Ted Cruz liked a Twitter post this week from an adult video account, prompting Twitter and late-night hosts to joke about the Texan. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about Cruz's lack of likability, while Jimmy Kimmel joked that the theme of the video...

Play of the Day: Steve Bannon's Personal Look Dominated His '60 Minutes' Interview

September 12, 2017 A new adaptation of Stephen King's clown terror novel It dominated the box office this weekend, earning $123 million. Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the movie, saying that a scary clown succeeding would remind Americans of the 2016 election. President Donald Trump's ex-chief strategist Steve Bannon...

Play of the Day: Dennis Rodman is Here to Solve the North Korea Problem

September 11, 2017 During the negotiations at the White House last week to keep the government open, several news outlets reported that President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka dropped by the Oval Office to discuss other matters, which made GOP leaders "visibly annoyed by her presence." Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked that the...

Play of the Day: More on Trump's Meeting With Top Democrats

September 8, 2017 President Donald Trump's campaign store is still active and selling merchandise. Jimmy Kimmel checked in on the store and found a presidential medal for those who want a "little version of the president to scowl at you while you sleep." Kimmel also highlighted a "Latinos por Trump" button that has...

Play of the Day: A Hurricane Deal Keeps the Government Open

September 7, 2017 As Houston and other parts of Texas are rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma is ravaging the Caribbean and heading toward the United States. President Donald Trump called the storm "not good, believe me," prompting Late Night's Seth Meyers and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah to joke about Trump's vocabulary....

Play of the Day: Trump Wants to End DACA

September 6, 2017 President Donald Trump visited Texas last week to assess the damage from Hurricane Harvey and assist in some of the relief efforts. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Trump's comments in Houston, comparing them to the Hindenburg announcer. Jimmy Kimmel also joked about Trump's assistance in loading trucks and serving...

Timeline: These Deadlines Could Affect Your Pay, Job Security

August 28, 2017 A number of crucial government deadlines that could affect federal employees’ pay and job security are fast approaching, and lawmakers will have their work cut out for them when they return from recess on Sept. 5. Contentious battles over fiscal 2018 spending bills and the debt ceiling hike will likely...

Play of the Day: The Many Personalities of Donald Trump

August 25, 2017 Politico is reporting that President Donald Trump is preparing for the 2020 election, despite only being seven months into his first term. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, tying the election to the Robert Mueller investigation into Trump. The president sent out a series of tweets Thursday about media reports...

Play of the Day: Shutdown? Isn't Mexico Going to Pay For the Wall?

August 24, 2017 The New York Times recently reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump are not on speaking terms due to animosity between the two of them. Conan O'Brien joked that Melania Trump asked McConell to teach her how to get in that position. During his Tuesday rally,...

Play of the Day: Trump Calls Terrorists 'Losers'

August 23, 2017 Tuesday night, protestors demonstrated outside of a Phoenix rally featuring President Donald Trump. Conan O'Brien joked that the "'impeach Trump' chants were being lead by Mike Pence," causing an awkward moment. Trump outlined his policy for the war in Afghanistan on Monday in a speech and said he'd "studied Afghanistan...