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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: More on Jared Kushner's White House Role

April 24, 2017 Time named President Donald Trump one of the most 100 influential people in 2017 recently and had House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., write the profile. In it, Ryan said Trump can find a "way to defy the odds and get it done," causing Jimmy Kimmel to ask what Trump...

Play of the Day: The President Has Some Interesting Friends Over For Dinner

April 21, 2017 President Donald Trump hosted Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House Thursday and noted that famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti is his "great friend." Jimmy Kimmel noticed this on Thursday, reminding viewers that Trump probably hasn't heard from his friend recently, as Pavarotti has been dead since 2007....

Play of the Day: The Patriots Take a Patriotic Trip to the White House

April 20, 2017 According to a new report from Senate Democrats politically opposed to President Donald Trump's signature campaign proposal, the border wall will cost more than three times the original estimate. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, citing Trump's business history of non-payment. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visited the...

Play of the Day: Some Nicknames for Kim Jong-un

April 19, 2017 According to a new report, President Donald Trump has been increasingly recruiting officials from George W. Bush's administration to serve in the Trump administration. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, suggesting Trump asked for "The Iraq guy and the Katrina guy." Tensions between the United States and North Korea have...

Play of the Day: Recapping Easter at the Trump White House

April 18, 2017 President Donald Trump held the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll Monday, prompting late-night hosts to devote a lot of time to the event. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the origins of the event, as well as the unfortunate typo that the White House's Snapchat account sent out about...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Has Missiles… And Cake

April 17, 2017 President Donald Trump reversed course on NATO last week, saying the alliance is "no longer obsolete." Last Week Tonight's John Oliver noted this switch, comparing it to a flat-earther admitting the world is round. Sure, it's a good step, but he shouldn't have believed it in the first place. Trump...

Play of the Day: The Health Code Violations at Mar-a-Lago

April 14, 2017 Easter is coming up next week, which means the Easter Egg Roll will come to the White House. As Conan O'Brien noted, the Easter Bunny shows up to the White House just about as much as First Lady Melania Trump. The Miami Herald this week reported that the kitchen at...

Play of the Day: Easter at the White House

April 13, 2017 After comparing Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler this week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized for his comments . Conan O'Brien joked that Spicer may not have learned his lesson, considering his comments in the first place. The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is coming up and the...

Play of the Day: Sean Spicer's Inner Monologue

April 12, 2017 Former president Bill Clinton tweeted this past weekend that he was meeting former president George H.W. Bush for an annual visit. Conan O'Brien joked that Clinton was only using the tweet as the perfect alibi. White House Press Secretary apologized late Tuesday afternoon after he, earlier in the day, made...

Play of the Day: The Supreme Court's New Justice

April 11, 2017 Russia recently banned photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin in drag-style makeup, along with other "extremist materials." Conan O'Brien joked about the news Monday, noting the nature of one of Putin's most famous photographs. Justice Neil Gorsuch was sworn in Monday to the Supreme Court Monday after a long and...