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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: Will the Mueller Investigation End Soon?

8:41 AM ET Senator Bernie Sanders announced this week that his campaign raised millions of dollars in the day since he announced he was running for president. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying that's "terrible for the guy behind him at CoinStar." According to CNN, the Justice Department is preparing...

Play of the Day: The Court Fights Over the National Emergency

February 20, 2019 Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020, giving late-night hosts ample fodder for jokes. The septuagenarian Sanders got dinged for his age a lot, including The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon saying that Sanders isn't running for president, but rather "slowly wandering for...

Play of the Day: Declaring an Emergency and Heading to the Omelette Bar

February 19, 2019 Monday was Presidents Day. Mattress stores often have sales during the holiday, prompting The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke that President Donald Trump is going to buy 2,000 miles of mattresses for the border. Trump declared a national emergency in a speech on Friday in a ceremony in the...

Play of the Day: A National Emergency Fight Is Coming

February 15, 2019 President Donald Trump touted construction on his border wall project this week and said during a speech that people would "have to be in extremely good shape to get over this one" and that the wall will be easier to climb that Mount Everest. Late Late Show's James Corden joked...

Play of the Day: Valentine's Day in Washington

February 14, 2019 President Donald Trump said this week that he is "not happy" with the government funding deal, but will likely go along with it to avert another shutdown. James Corden joked about the news, saying that Trump is "saying 'yes' and going along with it, even though it doesn't make him...

Play of the Day: Trump, the Wall and Dogs

February 13, 2019 Key members of Congress agreed to a deal to avert a shutdown this week, but reports say the deal contains money for only 55 miles of President Donald Trump's border wall. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the deal, saying money should be set aside for signs along the border...

Play of the Day: Working Hard During 'Executive Time'

February 12, 2019 President Donald Trump's had his physical exam on Friday and the physician wrote in a letter that Trump is “in very good health." Jimmy Kimmel joked about the news, saying that "for a man who has the body chemistry of a loaded potato skin, he is a medical miracle." Axios...

Play of the Day: Mulvaney's Time in the President's Doghouse May Be Ending

February 11, 2019 President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address last week, speaking for more than 80 minutes. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the teleprompter at the speech during his "Thank You Notes" segment, thanking the machine for "giving us the one night a year when our president...

Play of the Day: The President's National Prayer Breakfast Experience

February 8, 2019 According to a CNBC report, President Donald Trump is beefing up his 2020 campaign team. Late Late Show's James Corden joked about the news, saying that working for Trump is like being a mall Santa: it's only temporary, it's degrading and you have to deal with an unreasonable toddler. Trump...

Play of the Day: The State of the Union, Joshua Trump and Nancy Pelosi

February 7, 2019 As per annual tradition, President Donald Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning. Joking about it beforehand, Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that every breakfast Trump attends is a prayer breakfast because he prays for pancakes. Two huge viral moments came out of Tuesday night's State of...