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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 Specific Language In The President's Tweets

August 3, 2018 President Donald Trump held an event for African-American Christian pastors at the White House this week. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying the pastors wanted to meet the president because they wanted to "meet someone who has broken all ten commandments." Trump tweeted this week that...

Play of the Day: Do Americans Need an ID to Buy Groceries?

August 2, 2018 President Donald Trump misspelled the word "smoking" in a since-deleted tweet randomly accusing 2016 rival Hillary Clinton of collusion with Russia during the campaign. Jimmy Kimmel joked about a "smocking gun" and demonstrated what it would do, while Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about other Trump misspelling, including saying that...

Play of the Day: The Art of the North Korea Deal

August 1, 2018 President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the conservative business leaders and GOP fundraiser Koch brothers have "become a total joke" after the Kochs released an ad criticizing Trump's trade policies. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump's nickname skills are slipping because "the Joke Brothers" was right there in...

Data: Public Servants Are Older Than Almost Everyone In the American Workforce

July 31, 2018 As many of our readers have complained, the stereotypes of civil servants run the gamut from "slow" to "lazy" to, increasingly, "old." Unfortunately, that third stereotype seems to be rooted in truth. According to an analysis by data scientist and blogger Randal Olson, the oldest profession in the U.S. workforce...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Jr. and Robert Mueller Were Spotted So Close To One Another

July 31, 2018 President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani was on TV over the weekend defending the president and attacking special counsel Robert Mueller and Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen. Giuliani even went so far to say that he's not sure that collusion is even a crime, prompting Late Show's Stephen Colbert to...

Play of the Day: A DeVos Yacht Floats Away

July 30, 2018 Coca-Cola is raising prices on its products -- including President Donald Trump's favorited Diet Coke -- due to Trump's tariffs. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying Trump said the price change caused Trump to say "Oh no. What have I done?" for the first time in...

Play of the Day: Robert Mueller Has Some Questions About The President's Tweets

July 27, 2018 President Donald Trump traveled to Iowa on Thursday to speak to farmers about his farm subsidy plan released this week. While there, he held a 3D printed version of the White House, prompting Late Show's Stephen Colbert to joke that he then screamed "Oh no! What have you done to...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Wants a Coke, Please

July 26, 2018 President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed this week by a man with an axe. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying he expected the vandal to be a woman with a pantsuit. The president's former lawyer Michael Cohen taped Trump in a...

Play of the Day: The Ivanka Trump Fashion Line Is Shutting Down

July 25, 2018 President Donald Trump said on Twitter Tuesday that he's "very concerned" about Russian election meddling in the 2018 midterm elections and that the Russians "don't want Trump." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the tweet, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to Trump with "fake news. Is total witch...

Play of the Day: Diplomacy and Threats Via All Caps Tweets

July 24, 2018 According to reports, the United States agricultural industry is experiencing a meat surplus due to less trade after tariffs were imposed on Mexico and China with reports saying the U.S. has a "stockpile of meat." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the phrase, saying that "stockpile of meat" is...