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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: Farewell, Rex

March 14, 2018 Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared on 60 Minutes last weekend and the show is also working on a story about Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who claims to have had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying both Daniels and...

Play of the Day: What Besty DeVos Understands About Her Job

March 13, 2018 President Donald Trump spoke at a rally over the weekend in Pennsylvania in anticipation of Tuesday's special election. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the rally taking place in Moon Township, saying Trump wondered why it looked so much like Earth. Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared on 60...

Play of the Day: More on the North Korea Talks

March 12, 2018 According to reports, President Donald Trump's wife Melania secured her entry into the United States via a program reserved for people with “extraordinary ability,” which is sometimes called the "Einstein Visa." Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the news, showing modeling photos of Melania and joking about the state of...

Colbert Heads to D.C. to Fill Out Trump's Government

March 11, 2018 One common theme of news coverage during the first year of the Trump's administration is that many of the high-level positions in the government remain unfilled as the White House fails to get confirmed appointees or even nominate others. According to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service's...

Play of the Day: The U.S. and North Korea Are Going to Talk

March 9, 2018 President Donald Trump's lawyers obtained a restraining order against adult film actress Stormy Daniels, lifting her ability to talk about the affair she says she had with Trump in 2006. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying the most shameful job in the whole story remains being Trump's lawyer. North...

Play of the Day: A 'Stormy' Week for the White House

March 8, 2018 President Donald Trump's top economic advisor Gary Cohn announced this week that he will resign his job, reportedly over Trump's tariff policy. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the historic turnover at the White House, joking that Trump himself is now the person answering the White House switchboard. Also...

Play of the Day: Some White House Nicknames Are Better Than Others

March 5, 2018 Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump’s communications director, announced last week that she is stepping down from her position in the White House. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked about the news, noting that it's probably pretty bad at the White House if a 29-year-old looks at it and says "I...

Play of the Day: Trump Talks Guns Again

March 2, 2018 President Donald Trump’s communications director Hope Hicks announced this week that she is stepping down. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying Hicks will get a job that's less stressful, like heart surgeon or air traffic controller. Trump met with lawmakers this week to talk about solutions...

Play of the Day: HUD is Looking for a 'Decent Chair'

March 1, 2018 Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump’s communications director, announced this week that she is stepping down from her position in the White House coinciding with reports that she told Congressional investigators that she told "white lies" about Trump. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, comparing white lies to the...

Play of the Day: More On Trump's Plan to Arm Teachers

February 26, 2018 Donald Trump Jr. was in India last week on business to sell Trump Organization real estate properties and was greeted by newspaper ads saying "Trump has arrived. Have you?" Last Week Tonight's John Oliver and Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the news, noting that Indians probably wishes they got...