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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: The President Says He Isn't Into 'Cover-ups'

8:39 AM ET Housing and Urban Development chief Dr. Ben Carson mistook an acronym -- REO -- for the cookie "Oreo" at a House hearing this week and the clip went viral. Late Night's Seth Meyers showed the clip on Wednesday night and joked about Carson's career, saying "How did that guy become...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson Is Thinking About Cookies

May 22, 2019 President Donald Trump held a rally on Monday in Pennsylvania and complained about the "stupid lights" at the event, saying "we like the sun better than the artificial not sun." Late-night hosts joked about the quote, with Late Show's Stephen Colbert saying Trump sprays his face with "real, canned sun"...

Play of the Day: The American President Tweets About Iran

May 21, 2019 According to a new poll, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are tied in Iowa at 24%. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the poll, saying that it was the first time the two senior citizens were close to one another since they "shared that balcony." President Donald Trump tweeted a...

Play of the Day: Who Pays Tariffs?

May 20, 2019 According to reports, President Donald Trump is looking to have a bigger role in the nation’s capital's annual Independence Day celebration. According to the Washington Post, Trump wants to address the crowds on the National Mall from the top of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, prompting Late Show's Stephen...

Play of the Day: A New Immigration Plan From the White House

May 17, 2019 The Defense Department hosted KISS frontman Gene Simmons -- without the Kabuki makeup -- at the press room podium on Thursday to talk about military service and late-night joked about the musician. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the aged singer, asking "what, you couldn't get Kid Rock?" while Late...

Play of the Day: Tax Returns, Norms and the President

May 16, 2019 According to reports, the Homeland Security Department is going to deploy Transportation Security Agency employees to the border to help with immigration. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying that TSA agents have been "training for" keeping people from traveling easily. The White House is fighting a subpoena...

Play of the Day: When a Trade War is Actually a Trade Squabble

May 15, 2019 Democratic 2020 hopeful Beto O'Rourke told The View this week that he regrets announced his presidential campaign via a Vanity Fair cover story. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, showing a fake Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover and joking that Bernie Sanders "has some regrets, too." After China...

Play of the Day: The Trade War's Effects

May 14, 2019 Former Pentagon chief Robert Gates was asked over thee weekend if former Vice President Joe Biden would be a good commander-in-chief and Gates paused for several seconds before saying "I don't know." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the interview, saying if you proposed to your girlfriend "and she paused...

Play of the Day: More on The President's Taxes

May 13, 2019 Reid Hoffman, the billionaire founder of LinkedIn, is hosting a fundraiser for 2020 Democratic hopeful Sen. Cory Booker. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying "if you go to an event for LinkedIn and a presidential candidate, let me tell you something, your email inbox is about...

Play of the Day: The World Series Champion Red Sox Visit The White House

May 10, 2019 President Donald Trump's son Donald Jr. was subpoenaed this week to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee soon. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that this was "the first time Don Jr. was picked for something before Ivanka." The president hosted the Boston Red Sox at...