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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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Feds Share Their #ShutdownStories on Twitter

December 26, 2018 The partial government shutdown that began after funding ran out on midnight Friday is affecting hundreds of thousands of feds in the middle of the winter holiday season. Congress is not set to return to negotiations until Thursday, so many feds took to Twitter to share the stories of their...

Play of the Day: The New Facial Recognition System at the White House

December 24, 2018 President Donald Trump canceled the White House Christmas party for the press this year. Late-night hosts joked about the news, with Late Show's Stephen Colbert tying to Trump campaign events about the holiday and his involvement in the War on Christmas. According to reports, The White House is going to...

Play of the Day: What Will Be The Wall's Final Form?

December 21, 2018 President Donald Trump announced this week that the U.S. would soon be removing most of its troops from Syria. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying Trump maybe shouldn't be making that decision, considering he probably thinks Syria is the voice on his iPhone. With a shutdown...

Play of the Day: The Month-to-Month Government

December 20, 2018 President Donald Trump is leaving this week for a 16-day trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort for the holidays. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that a trip like that is usually called "moving." The Congress is working on a short-term bill that would fund the government...

Play of the Day: The President Does Not Like Christmas Parties

December 19, 2018 The White House formally directed the creation of U.S. Space Command this week, reportedly as a step towards the Space Force. Late Late Show's James Corden joked about the news, saying President Donald Trump is already talking about "making Neptune great again. According to a report on New York Magazine's...

Play of the Day: Mick Mulvaney Is The Right Man For The Chief of Staff Job

December 18, 2018 White House official Stephen Miller appeared on Face the Nation over the weekend and social media noted that his hairline had changed quite a bit. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Miller's hair grows when he gets excited about immigration, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon showed doctored video of...

Play of the Day: From 'Fox and Friends' To The United Nations

December 17, 2018 In the wake of sentencing for his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a variety of federal crimes, President Donald Trump tweeted "I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law." Saturday Night Live's Michael Che joked about...

Play of the Day: The First Lady Is True To Herself

December 14, 2018 According to reports, President Donald Trump is going to cancel the White House press Christmas party. Late Late Show's James Corden joked about the news, asking if an event is actually cancelled if "nobody RSVP'd." First Lady Melania Trump spoke to Fox News' Sean Hannity this week and said one...

Play of the Day: What Really Went On In This Week's Oval Office Meeting

December 13, 2018 President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison this week for violating campaign finance laws during the 2016 campaign. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that Trump heard the sentence and said "That's, like, 20 years." Trump met with top...

Play of the Day: Pence Watches As Trump, Schumer and Pelosi Argue

December 12, 2018 According to reports, President Donald Trump has had trouble filling the chief of staff job that will be vacant soon. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying Trump's next declaration will be "That's it! Get me an illegal immigrant!" During a photo op with top Democrats Nancy...