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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 Pardons Some Turkeys

November 22, 2017 President Donald Trump pardoned two turkeys in the annual White House ritual Tuesday. The two birds are named Wishbone and Drumstick, causing Late Show's Stephen Colbert to joke that being named after Thanksgiving food rituals don't bode well for the turkeys' future and compared it to naming your new goldfish...

Play of the Day: Being Thankful for LaVar Ball and Donald Trump

November 21, 2017 Another accuser has come forward to say that Sen. Al Franken groped her while taking a photo with him at the Minnesota State Fair photo, prompting Franken to say he will spend the next few days "reflecting." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that "reflecting" is a euphemism for "hope...

Video: DHS's Program to Help Train Local Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Explained

November 20, 2017 For two days in November, D.C.-area police forces came to the Capital One Arena to participate in the Homeland Security Department Science and Technology Directorate's Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative. Bomb-sniffing dog teams sniffed around the arena while federal officials collected data on the success rates of the canine units....

Play of the Day: The Uranium One Chart

November 20, 2017 After being accused of groping and forcefully kissing radio host LeeAnn Tweeden, Senator Al Franken apologized for his actions on a 2006 USO trip. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked about the news over the weekend, joking that while the photo looks bad, it also is bad. During Attorney General...

Play of the Day: Al Franken and Sexual Harassment

November 17, 2017 The company behind the game Cards Against Humanity is buying land against the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to tie President Donald Trump's proposed border wall up in court. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Jenga could get in on this and big to build the actual wall. On...

Play of the Day: Our Parched President Returns From Asia

November 16, 2017 President Donald Trump returned to the United States from his 12-day trip to Asia and delivered a statement on Wednesday. During the televised event, Trump awkwardly drank from a bottle of Fiji Water and late-night hosts pounced. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that the president looked like "five-year-old coming to...

Homeland Security Brings Explosive Detection Training to D.C.-Area Police Dogs

November 15, 2017 When it comes to detecting explosives, the Homeland Security Department considers dogs — and their noses — to be man's best friend. Canine explosive detection units from seven D.C.-area state and local law enforcement agencies gathered at the Capital One Arena Wednesday to train, collect data and share information. The...

Play of the Day: WikiLeaks and the Trump Campaign

November 15, 2017 President Donald Trump returned from his 12-day Asia trip on Tuesday and was proud of his stamina on said trip. He told reporters on the plane ride home that "lot of people said it’s almost physically impossible for someone to go through 12 days," prompting Late Show's Stephen colbert to...

Play of the Day: Trump, Putin and Kim

November 14, 2017 During his trip to Asia, President Donald Trump met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who told Trump that his government did not meddle in the 2016 election. During a press conference in Vietnam, Trump said “What I said there is that I believe [Putin] believes that and that’s very important...

Play of the Day: President Predictive Text

November 13, 2017 President Donald Trump is in Asia and tweeted about Kim Jong-un over the weekend, saying he "would NEVER call him 'short and fat.'" Saturday Night Live's Michael Che joked that Trump sounded "funny," "vain" and "catty," while Last Week Tonight's John Oliver noted that the tweet would be "the stupidest...