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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: Putin's Mind Games

September 21, 2018 According to reports from Madrid-based media, President Donald Trump told Spanish officials that that the nation should build a wall to keep immigrants out of the country. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying Trump told Spain that they wouldn't want "a bunch of Spanish-speaking people" coming into a country....

Play of the Day: Trump Visits The Carolinas After Hurricane Florence

September 20, 2018 President Donald Trump visited the Carolinas on Wednesday and visited with victims of Hurricane Florence's force. At one point, Trump helped distribute meals, prompting Jimmy Kimmel to joke that Trump sounded like he was "working the drive-thru." Trump released a video on Wednesday thanking first responders for their work during...

Play of the Day: Emergency Alerts Straight From The White House

September 18, 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month began over the weekend and President Donald Trump held a celebration in Washington. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump invited all the prominent Latin Americans he knows, who are Dora the Explorer and "that hot chick from Modern Family." FEMA will soon be testing a...

Play of the Day: NASA Wants To Get Into The Advertising Business

September 17, 2018 The Washington Post developed an online board game recently based on Education Department chief Betsy DeVos' time in her Cabinet position. The Tonight Show put together some more board games for the administration, including "Total Lack of Stratego" and "Chutes and Leakers." NASA is looking into selling sponsorships for its...

Play of the Day: Trump's Issues With 'Moderate Dog' Mattis

September 14, 2018 President Donald Trump is under scrutiny for denying the deaths of thousands of Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump's tweets on the topic was so offensive, "the Twitter bird tried to distance himself." According to reports, Trump is interested...

Play of the Day: The President Is Ready For Florence

September 13, 2018 According to a former longtime executive with the Trump Organization said that President Donald Trump wanted to get ride of braille on the Trump Tower elevators because "No blind people are going to live in Trump Tower." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Trump's gilded living space, saying that he...

Play of the Day: Hurricane Florence Will Be 'Tremendously Big' and 'Tremendously Wet'

September 12, 2018 Bob Woodward's book on President Donald Trump's administration is a best seller and even some customers lined up at bookstores in Washington at midnight to buy it. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that First Lady Melania Trump was one of those in the line. Trump...

Play of the Day: Will The White House Bring in a Lie Detector To Smoke Out 'Anonymous?'

September 11, 2018 A red calf was born recently in Jerusalem, causing some groups to claim that the calf could play a part in the rebuilding of the Jewish Holy Temple and portending Christian prophecies of the end times. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying the Education Department chief Betsy...

Pentagon and Trump: There Won't Be a Military Parade in Washington in 2018

August 17, 2018 There won't be a parade of tanks, troops and a flyover as part of Veterans Day celebrations in Washington this November. Pentagon officials announced the change of plans late yesterday, with President Trump Friday blaming a "ridiculously high" price tag on city officials. Director of Defense Press Operations Col. Rob...

Play of the Day: Omarosa Will Not Be Silenced

August 17, 2018 According to a new poll this week, more than half of Republican voters say that the news media is an "enemy of the people," echoing statements President Donald Trump has said recently. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the poll, saying "we all know the enemy of the people is gluten." Former...