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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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John Oliver: We've Been Here Before with a Border Patrol Hiring Surge

August 7, 2017 During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made securing the border a centerpiece of his message. In addition to his signature border wall program, Trump promised to beef up the ranks of federal employees along the border. Much of that hiring would entail bringing in more Border Patrol agents, despite a...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Embarks on a Vacation

August 7, 2017 Late last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press event to reinforce that President Donald Trump's administration will not tolerate leaking, including offering a "don't do it" warning to potential leakers. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld joked that perhaps the warning wasn't enough and had a suggestion from Game of...

Play of the Day: The President Wants to Protect the 'Local Milk People'

August 4, 2017 President Donald Trump is scheduled Friday to leave for a 17-day vacation at his golf resort in New Jersey, according to reports. Jimmy Kimmel tied the news to a joke about Trump's "covfefe" tweet, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that 17 days is more time than New Jersey Governor...

Play of the Day: The President Presents 'This Old Dump'

August 3, 2017 President Donald Trump backed the RAISE Act this week, saying the bill would make United States immigration policy more "merit-based." Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked the bill's English-language requirements means prospective immigrants will have to learn words like "cofeve," while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump's grasp of...

Play of the Day: Awkward Moments For Scaramucci and Kushner

August 2, 2017 President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor spoke to White House interns recently, with audio leaking this week. Kushner said there was no collusion with Russia because the campaign was too disorganized. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Kushner was talking to the wrong group, while Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked...

Play of the Day: Who – or What – Will Replace Scaramucci?

August 1, 2017 President Donald Trump shook up the West Wing late last week by replacing Reince Priebus with Gen. John Kelly as chief of staff. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the contrast between the two, saying "Kelly is military, Priebus a Washington insider. Kelly's from Boston, Priebus from Wisconsin. John Kelly...

Play of the Day: Trump's New Children's Album

July 31, 2017 President Donald Trump replaced former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Friday with Homeland Security chief Gen. John Kelly. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld joked about the former White House official, comparing him to a priest and saying his name will "make a very difficult Wheel of Fortune puzzle." At two...

Play of the Day: Scaramucci's Phone Call

July 28, 2017 The title of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's upcoming book was released this week and was roundly mocked on social media. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Clinton was also writing a children's book in the style of Dr. Seuss, while Late Night's Jimmy Fallon joked that title was...

Play of the Day: The President's Understanding of Transgender Issues

July 27, 2017 At a rally in Ohio this week, President Donald Trump said "With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that's ever held this office." Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the comment, contrasting George Washington and Trump's respective military records. Trump...

Play of the Day: Trump's Speech to the Boy Scouts

July 26, 2017 Two members of the U.S. Senate were caught on a hot mic insulting President Donald Trump and calling him "crazy." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, suggesting every Senator could be the culprit. Trump spoke to the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this week and created headlines...