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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: Trump's Speech to the Boy Scouts

July 26, 2017 Two members of the U.S. Senate were caught on a hot mic insulting President Donald Trump and calling him "crazy." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, suggesting every Senator could be the culprit. Trump spoke to the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this week and created headlines...

What Senators Really Think of the Administration's Approach to Budgeting

July 25, 2017 After a Tuesday morning markup hearing of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, seemingly forgot to turn off her microphone before she began a short conversation with her colleague, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. It quickly got interesting. In what appears to...

Play of the Day: The White House's New Communications Staffer

July 25, 2017 Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned his position on Friday, prompting late-night hosts to mock him on Monday. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked that Spicer wants to spend more time "lying to his family," while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that he'll spend more time with the White...

Play of the Day: Look Out For Falling "Sacks of Drugs" Over the Border Wall

July 24, 2017 President Donald Trump's has hovered between 35 and 40 per cent so far in his term. While this is a relatively low number for a president so early in his time, Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump has one fan: O.J. Simpson. Last week, Trump told reporters on Air Force One...

Play of the Day: The Latest Wide-Ranging Trump Interview

July 21, 2017 Thursday marked the six-month since President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Melania Trump has been counting the days and Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the stress of the first six months. Trump's extensive interview with the New York Times was prime fodder for late-night...

Play of the Day: Trump's Second Meetup With Putin

July 20, 2017 According to a new report from People, Donald Trump Jr. is unhappy and wants his father's presidency to be over. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying the report was in the magazine's famed "Stars… They're Just Like Us" section. President Donald Trump met met with Russian...

Play of the Day: The GOP Health Care Plan Is Done… For Now

July 19, 2017 According to a poll from the Bloomberg network, Hillary Clinton is less popular than President Donald Trump. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the poll Tuesday night, referencing Clinton's relationship with her husband. Senate Republicans’ Better Care Reconciliation Act fell apart on Tuesday, effectively ending the GOP "repeal and replace...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Has Another New Lawyer

July 18, 2017 President Donald Trump launched "Made in America Week" on Monday at the White House by showcasing products manufactured in the United States. During one event, the president got into a fire truck, prompting Late Show's Stephen Colbert to joke about the phrase "where there's smoke, there's fire," while Late Night's...

Play of the Day: The White House Needs a Spelling Lesson

July 17, 2017 With the Russia scandal continuing to swirl around President Donald Trump's administration, Fox News' Greg Gutfeld presented his monologue on Saturday on the media's overreaction to each piece of news about it. Gutfeld joked about the newest player in the drama and even wondered "is listening now a crime?" in...

Play of the Day: Trump Meets the French First Lady

July 14, 2017 The White House released a partial transcript of a conversation President Donald Trump had with reporters on Air Force One on the way to France. In it, Trump says he wants a border wall with "transparency" because "You have to be able to see through it." Jimmy Kimmel joked about...