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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: Discussion Topics For Trump and Putin

August 9, 2018 On the heels of his endorsed candidates winning five elections this week, President Donald Trump tweeted "5 for 5!" Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the tweet, saying that Trump was actually tweeting about a new KFC meal deal. According to a leaked document obtained by Politico, Russian leader Vladimir...

Play of the Day: The White House Plan To Fight Against Wildfires

August 8, 2018 President Donald Trump had dinner at his New Jersey private golf club with CEOs on Tuesday. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying the dinner made the rest of Bernie Sanders' hair fall right out when he heard about it. Trump recently tweeted about the wildfire ravaging California,...

Play of the Day: The President Is Tweeting Through His Vacation

August 7, 2018 President Donald Trump got into another feud over the weekend after he tweeted that NBA star LeBron James was stupid and called Don Lemon "the dumbest man on television." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump's later thoughts included "There's only room for one dumb Don on TV and...

Play of the Day: A Very Expensive Ostrich Outfit

August 6, 2018 President Donald Trump said last week that he would be comfortable shutting down the government in order to get his border wall funded. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying "Trump's solution for America is to turn it off and turn it back on again." The trial...

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...