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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: Hickenlooper's Movie Night With His Mom

8:26 AM ET The 2020 Democratic field is largely made up of members of Congress and governors, but former Rep. Beto O'Rourke does not have a regular job and was even touring the country as part of his campaign. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about O'Rourke saying that it makes sense that...

Play of the Day: The White House Never Received a 'Thank You For the Funeral' Card

March 21, 2019 President Donald Trump has spent the last few days feuding with conservative lawyer George Conway, husband of Trump confidant Kellyanne Conway, on Twitter and even called him a "stone cold loser" and "the husband from hell." Late Late Show's James Corden joked about the news, saying that Stone Cold Loser:...

Play of the Day: Exaggerating Wealth at Trump Tower

March 20, 2019 President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of a check for $100,000 that he is donating to the Department of Homeland Security. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying that another way to support the government financially is to pay one's taxes. The New York Times reported this week...

Play of the Day: Joe Biden Takes The First (Mis)Step Toward the White House

March 19, 2019 The NCAA Men's basketball tournament begins this week, with single-elimination games played to crown a winner. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that the Democratic Party is going to use that format to find a 2020 candidate to take on President Donald Trump. Over the weekend,...

Trump's Budget Proposes Staffing Increases at All But 2 Cabinet-Level Agencies

March 18, 2019 In a sharp reversal from recent years, President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget would increase employment at all but two Cabinet-level agencies, according to details released on Monday. The Agriculture and Interior departments would still see slight reductions in full-time equivalent employees, figures in the Analytical Perspectives section of the budget...

Play of the Day: Comparing Hand Gestures From the Oval Office

March 18, 2019 A goat names Lincoln won the mayoral race in Vermont recently and became an Internet sensation. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that it makes sense that a Vermont town elected a goat mayor, considering its oldest goat is running for president again. Former Congressman Beto...

Play of the Day: Trump Tries to Veto By Tweeto

March 15, 2019 Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke announced on Thursday that he is going to run for the presidency, making him the 15th Democrat to join the race. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about the news, showing a photo of all of them and saying that the Democrats can now "start the...

Play of the Day: A New Conspiracy Theory In Washington

March 14, 2019 President Donald Trump tweeted about a Jay Leno interview on Wednesday, writing "comedy (on the very boring late night shows) is totally one-sided. It’s tough when there’s only one topic." Late-night hosts joked about the news, with Late Show's Stephen Colbert comparing Trump's trustworthiness to that of the Boeing 737...

Report: Shutdown Delayed 737 Max Software Fix

March 13, 2019 An update to the cockpit software that could have contributed to the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash last week was delayed partially because of the 35-day government shutdown earlier this year. Federal Aviation Administration officials told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that a software problem with the Boeing 737 Max's...

Play of the Day: Make Pilots Simple Again

March 13, 2019 President Donald Trump's Office of Management and Budget released its 2020 budget plan this week and it includes $72 million for the Space Force headquarters and funding. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying that the Space Force HQ will be thousands of miles long and three feet...