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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: Defining the Word 'Cage'

8:33 AM ET President Donald Trump announced that he is directing the Pentagon to create a Space Force as a new branch of the military. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that Trump said "It won't be that hard, it's not like it's rocket science." The Trump administration's "zero...

Play of the Day: President Trump is Making America Some New Friends… And Enemies

June 18, 2018 Former president Bill Clinton is on a book tour for a novel he wrote with author James Patterson and is under fire for his comments about the #metoo movement and his own role in it. The Break's Michelle Wolf joked that Clinton's PR people sat him down to make sure...

Play of the Day: Happy 72nd Birthday, Mr. President

June 15, 2018 One of the details in the Justice Department IG report released Thursday that shocked some was that former FBI chief James Comey used a private email account while investigating 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's use of private email to skirt federal records laws. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the...

Play of the Day: The U.S. and the Koreas Need to Get Their Stories Straight

June 14, 2018 Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill admitted this week that she flew on a private jet when she was supposed to be on an RV touring Missouri. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying her skywriting apology probably didn't help matters. President Donald Trump returned from the Singapore summit on...

Play of the Day: Kim and Trump Meet, Have Lunch and Take Photos

June 13, 2018 President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Tuesday morning in Singapore and signed an agreement to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula at a later date. Trump even suggested that Kim could visit the White House, prompting late-night hosts to joke about the invitation. Conan O'Brien...

Play of the Day: American's New Feud With Canada

June 12, 2018 President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday morning in Singapore. According to reports, Kim brought his own toilet to guard against foreign intelligence agencies learning about his health. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the reports, saying the intelligence agencies said "We're just going to...

Play of the Day: Preparing For the North Korea Talks

June 11, 2018 According to a speculative MSNBC host, President Donald Trump is annoyed that he cannot watch adult films and content at the White House because of security measures. Conan O'Brien joked about the news late last week, saying that rule makes Bill Clinton very happy that his wife lost the 2016...

Play of the Day: Recounting Scott Pruitt's Recent Scandals

June 8, 2018 President Donald Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on Thursday in Washington on Thursday. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying that Trump will only negotiate trade with Japan if Abe introduces him to Godzilla. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's scandals continue to trickle out, including Pruitt using EPA...

Play of the Day: The First Lady Is Back In Public

June 7, 2018 Recent reports of EPA chief Scott Pruitt's ethics issues center around his purchasing $1,500 worth of pens for his office. The Opposition's Jordan Klepper joked about the report, saying that the pens were so expensive because they write in pure crude oil. First Lady Melania Trump was not seen in...

Play of the Day: No Eagles, But The President Loves Patriotic Songs

June 6, 2018 According to reports, President Donald Trump's original familial wealth originated in a successful early 20th century Canadian brothel. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying he was surprised that a Trump business actually was successful. The White House canceled the requisite visit from the Super Bowl champions after the Philadelphia...