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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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Last Week Tonight: Trump's Wall Won't Work, Let's Just Give Everyone Waffle Irons

March 21, 2016 Donald Trump's main policy point during his 2016 campaign for president has been a "big, beautiful wall" along the southwest border with Mexico to keep immigrants, guns and drugs from crossing into the United States. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver actually examined the border wall idea Sunday night and found...

Play of the Day: A Look Inside Donald Trump's Brain

March 18, 2016 Scientists this week announced that they have devised a system that would stop users from using Twitter while drunk. 's Seth Meyers highlighted a fake Marco Rubio tweet that could've used such a technology. Donald Trump told MSNBC's Morning Joe this week that his top foreign policy advisor is himself...

Play of the Day: That's a Lot of Confetti, John Kasich

March 17, 2016 Marco Rubio's primary loss in Florida Tuesday caused him to suspend his campaign this week. but Late Night's Seth Meyers found a silver lining for the Miami native: He can go back to his day job as a Lego businessman. Ohio governor John Kasich won the Buckeye state's primary this...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton's Unforced Errors

March 16, 2016 Bill De Blasio said this week that Donald Trump's campaign is using "the worst kind of racism" this election cycle. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon wondered if De Blasio wasn't clear by asking the mayor a simple question: "What's the best kind of racism?" Hillary Clinton remains the frontrunner for...

D.C.-Area Feds May Take Unscheduled Leave as Metro Shuts Down for 29 Hours

March 15, 2016 This story has been updated. D.C.-area federal employees will get some unexpected leave or telework this week as the subway serving hundreds of thousands of Washington-area workers will shut down for at least 29 hours Wednesday and Thursday morning for safety inspections and potential repairs. OPM announced that agencies in...

Play of the Day: Some of Those Chicago Protest Signs Truly Insulted Trump

March 15, 2016 Hillary Clinton came under fire recently for her gaffe at Nancy Reagan's funeral, saying that the Reagans "started a conversation" about HIV/AIDS. Full Frontal's Samantha Bee clarified the truth behind Clinton's mistake, referencing the AIDS quilt, while The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted Clinton's famed preparedness. The fallout from the...

Play of the Day: Trump Rally or Fury Road?

March 14, 2016 Bernie Sanders last week upset Hillary Clinton in the Michigan primary and Saturday Night Live joked about his win there. With Larry David playing Sanders, they show joked about Sanders' support with homogenous voters and the lack of detail in Sanders' promises to said voters. After Donald Trump had to...

Play of the Day: The Charisma of the Democrats

March 11, 2016 With the ascendance of Donald Trump as the GOP frontrunner this cycle, Google searches involving the phrase "move to Canada" have spiked. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about this Thursday night, saying "it's almost like Google is saying 'We're scared, too… Let Bing deal with that maniac." The Democrats...

Play of the Day: Trump Steaks, Water and Magazine

March 10, 2016 Bernie Sanders beat both the polls and Hillary Clinton Tuesday evening in winning the Michigan primary. The upset took everyone by surprise, with Late Show's Stephen Colbert imagining Clinton's reaction and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joking about Sanders having been woken up with the news. Donald Trump had another...

Play of the Day: Some Candidates' Merchandise is More On-Brand Than Others

March 9, 2016 President Barack Obama wrote an introduction for the newest Peanuts book of comics. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah compared the president's two terms to that of the cartoon gang. First, he compared Obama to Charlie Brown and Congress to Lucy pulling the football away . He then pivoted to ask...