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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: Trump-Kim II Begins in Vietnam

February 27, 2019 President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify to Trump's lying, adultery and cheating in a hearing on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about the news, saying "What other bombshells will he drop? That Abraham Lincoln didn't die from natural causes?" North Korean leader...

Play of the Day: Trump and Kim Are on Their Way to Vietnam

February 26, 2019 The Academy Awards were held Sunday and late-night hosts had some political jokes about it. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could win the award for Best Animated Short, while Conan O'Brien joked that President Donald Trump hated that Best Foreign Language Film wasn't...

Play of the Day: Trump Is Going to Negotiate Again With Kim

February 25, 2019 President Donald Trump's administration is putting together a climate panel and William Happer, the president's choice to head the panel, is so found of carbon emissions that he once said the "demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler." Late Show's Stephen Colbert...

Play of the Day: The White House Wants to Get to 6G

February 22, 2019 The Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, marking the 91st year of the show. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying "91 is old for an awards show, but it's young if you're a Democrat running for president." President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he...

Play of the Day: Will the Mueller Investigation End Soon?

February 21, 2019 Senator Bernie Sanders announced this week that his campaign raised millions of dollars in the day since he announced he was running for president. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying that's "terrible for the guy behind him at CoinStar." According to CNN, the Justice Department is preparing...

Play of the Day: The Court Fights Over the National Emergency

February 20, 2019 Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020, giving late-night hosts ample fodder for jokes. The septuagenarian Sanders got dinged for his age a lot, including The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon saying that Sanders isn't running for president, but rather "slowly wandering for...

Play of the Day: Declaring an Emergency and Heading to the Omelette Bar

February 19, 2019 Monday was Presidents Day. Mattress stores often have sales during the holiday, prompting The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke that President Donald Trump is going to buy 2,000 miles of mattresses for the border. Trump declared a national emergency in a speech on Friday in a ceremony in the...

Play of the Day: A National Emergency Fight Is Coming

February 15, 2019 President Donald Trump touted construction on his border wall project this week and said during a speech that people would "have to be in extremely good shape to get over this one" and that the wall will be easier to climb that Mount Everest. Late Late Show's James Corden joked...

Play of the Day: Valentine's Day in Washington

February 14, 2019 President Donald Trump said this week that he is "not happy" with the government funding deal, but will likely go along with it to avert another shutdown. James Corden joked about the news, saying that Trump is "saying 'yes' and going along with it, even though it doesn't make him...

Play of the Day: Trump, the Wall and Dogs

February 13, 2019 Key members of Congress agreed to a deal to avert a shutdown this week, but reports say the deal contains money for only 55 miles of President Donald Trump's border wall. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the deal, saying money should be set aside for signs along the border...