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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 Has a 'Natural Instinct' For Science

October 18, 2018 President Donald Trump sat down with the Associated Press this week and told the news service that it would not be his fault if the GOP lost the House in the midterm elections. Late Late Show's James Corden joked about the news, saying that Trump's history of divorce means he...

Play of the Day: 'Horseface' and 'Tiny' Continue Their Twitter Feud

October 17, 2018 The Treasury Department is projecting that the fiscal 2019 U.S. deficit could reach $1 trillion dollars. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about the news, saying that this is what happens when you put a check cashing store in the U.S. Capitol. A federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Seat at The Republican Presidents' Table

October 16, 2018 Lesley Stahl interviewed President Donald Trump on 60 Minutes over the weekend and Trump told Stahl "I'm not a baby" and "I'm president and you're not." Late Late Show's James Corden joked that only toddlers proclaim that they're not babies and Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump probably ends a lot...

Play of the Day: Kanye West Visits The White House

October 15, 2018 Famously apolitical pop star Taylor Swift endorsed two Democrats in Tennessee last on Instagram, causing a surge of more than 50,000 new voter registrants, according to reports. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked about the news, saying that it is impressive until you realize that Wendy's was able to get...

Complaints After the Presidential Emergency Alert: Hatch Act Confusion, Technical Troubles and More

October 12, 2018 On Oct. 3, a test message was sent to every cellular phone on an American network connected to wireless providers participating in the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System infrastructure. FEMA estimated that 225 million cell phones...

Play of the Day: The FBI Investigation of Brett Kavanaugh Is Over

October 5, 2018 According to a new poll, 12% of Americans identified Dwight Eisenhower as a Civil War general instead of being the 34th president of the United States more than 80 years after the Civil War ended. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that "75% of think President...

Play of the Day: More Presidential Alerts Coming To Your Phone

October 4, 2018 The White House announced this week that President Donald Trump will donate his salary this quarter to the Small Business Administration. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump knows a lot about running a small business: Just inherit a large business and wait. All cell phone users in the United...

Play of the Day: The President Was a Millionaire Toddler

October 3, 2018 Adult film actress Stormy Daniels' book came out this week, with passages in it documenting her time with President Donald Trump. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying Trump tried to read the book sideways, anticipating a Playboy-style centerfold. The New York Times published a comprehensive report on...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Does Not Drink Alcohol

October 2, 2018 President Donald Trump announced a three-way trade agreement to replace NAFTA on Monday. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump didn't know much about the deal, but agreed as soon as the term "three-way" came into play. At the press availability, Trump was asked about Brett Kavanaugh's alcohol consumption...

Play of the Day: The First Lady is Going to Africa

October 1, 2018 In an interview last week, President Donald told Geraldo Rivera that he is an "absolute no" on the possibility of Puerto Rican statehood. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying Trump is also an "absolute no" on Vermont's statehood. First Lady Melania Trump is heading to Africa on...