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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: The Donald Meets the Pope

9:04 AM ET President Donald Trump's first interventional visit as president continued Wednesday when he met with Pope Francis. Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump felt very at home at the gilded Vatican, joking that all the gold reminded him of a bathroom at Trump Tower. A photo taken after the meeting went viral...

Play of the Day: Trump, With His Budget, Just Wants Americans to Live Frugally

May 24, 2017 According to reports, President Donald Trump asked two intelligence officials to to publicly refute the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the report saying Trump seemed to be talking a lot about something of which he's innocent, while Conan O'Brien tied the news...

How Many Jobs Would Your Agency Lose Under Trump's 2018 Budget?

May 23, 2017 President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request unveiled Tuesday would make good on the administration's promise to reduce the size of the federal workforce, creating a "lean, accountable, more efficient government that works for the American people." The broad outline of the budget released in March did not include much detail...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Does the Sword Dance

May 23, 2017 Karta, a GPS firm, has added "President Donald Trump" as its voice navigation options recently. Late Night's Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien joked about the news and tied it to Trump's love of talking about the November electoral map. Trump is overseas on his first trip abroad as president and...

Play of the Day: How to Write Donald Trump's Briefing Documents

May 22, 2017 The New York Times recently reported that President Donald Trump called James Comey a "nut job" to Russian officials before firing the former FBI chief. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked that maybe Trump's inner circle has shaded his view of what's crazy and what's normal. After all, Comey has...

Lawmaker Irked About 'Foreign' Airport Security Dogs

May 19, 2017 In a rare moment of bipartisan harmony, members of a House Homeland Security Committee found themselves in agreement Thursday on a key matter of national security: Dogs, they concurred, play a vital role in protecting the homeland. The subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency heard testimony from five Homeland Security...

Play of the Day: This Witch Hunt is the 'Greatest in American History'

May 19, 2017 President Donald Trump is heading on his first overseas trip in office Friday, when he will begin his trip in Saudi Arabia. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that the reluctant traveler only agreed to go if would "get to meet Aladdin and Princess Jasmine." After the news broke of...

Play of the Day: Robert Mueller Gets Pulled Back In

May 18, 2017 President Donald Trump spoke at the Coast Guard Academy graduation Wednesday, saying "No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly" in his speech. Desus and Mero noted that John F. Kennedy would have something to say about that,...

Play of the Day: One Reason Trump Gave Intelligence to Two Russian Officials

May 17, 2017 Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle has said that she has been in contact with the White House to take over Press Secretary Sean Spicer's job. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Spicer's mental state since January, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Guilfoyle's looks might make Melania Trump...

Play of the Day: What Other Intelligence is Trump Going to Share?

May 16, 2017 President Donald Trump gave the commencement speech at Liberty University over the weekend and noted the crowd size at the event. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the speech, saying Trump is "the only person who could show up at an event where families come to see their children graduate and assume...

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