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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: 'Would' or 'Wouldn't?'

8:40 AM ET President Donald Trump returned from his summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Tuesday and was met by protestors outside the White House chanting "go back to Russia!" The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that the Secret Service calmed everything by asking First Lady Melania Trump to quiet down. After being...

Play of the Day: Trump Got a World Cup Ball From Putin

July 17, 2018 President Donald Trump met Queen Elizabeth of England last week while he was in Europe. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying Trump got off to a rough start when he told he knows all the words to "Bohemian Rhapsody." After attending a NATO meeting, Trump traveled...

Play of the Day: Updating Air Force One

July 16, 2018 News came out last week that President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, went into debt buying baseball tickets and home improvements. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the news, saying that Kavanaugh's spending should be in the Suburban Dad Scandal Hall of Fame. Reports surfaced last...

Play of the Day: Fireworks at Peter Strzok's Hearing

July 13, 2018 President Donald Trump is in England and said that protestors greeting him upon his arrival actually agree with him on immigration. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying the Britons do agree with Trump on deportation and want the American deportation removed immediately from the British Isles. FBI Agent Peter...

Play of the Day: John Kelly Is Disappointed In His Breakfast

July 12, 2018 President Donald Trump was in Brussels Wednesday meeting with NATO leaders. A photo was released of the NATO leaders gazing up at a military flyover and Trump appeared to be going against the grain in looking the other way, prompting some to note the metaphor nature of the photo. Late...

Play of the Day: Reality TV Fans Are Mad At The President

July 11, 2018 President Donald Trump is in Europe for a a trip that will include a NATO summit and meeting with the Queen of England. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the news, saying that Trump's trip means he gets to insult our allies to their faces instead of on Twitter. Trump made his...

Play of the Day: The President Knows How To Build Anticipation

July 10, 2018 A heat wave has hit the United States, leaving thousands without power in their homes and businesses. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying that people without power in the U.S. are called Democrats. President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the...

Play of the Day: Celebrating America's Independence During Turbulent Times

July 9, 2018 After Justice Antony Kennedy announced his retirement, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted "OMG! Just when you thought this week couldn't get more lit... I give you Anthony Kennedy's retirement from #SCOTUS". Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about the tweet, saying it ruined the word "lit" for young people and ruined...

Play of the Day: Trump Is Back In Rallying Mode

June 29, 2018 A poll released last week indicates that North Korean authoritarian leader Kim Jong-un is more popular among Republicans than House MAjority Leader Nacy Pelosi. The Opposition's Jordan Klepper joked about the news, saying it makes sense because Pelosi's less likely to go along with President Donald Trump judicial picks. Trump...

Play of the Day: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Is Retiring

June 28, 2018 President Donald Trump spoke to young people at the Face-to-Face With Our Future event on Wednesday and told the millennials in attendance "if you don't love what you're doing, find something else," prompting The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke that half the audience got up and left. Supreme Court...