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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: Talking About the Caravan

November 5, 2018 The midterms are Tuesday and Barack Obama spoke in Florida about "hope and unity" in Florida in advance of the elections. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked about the news, saying that "Hope" in Florida is just "the name of a stripper who took bath salts and bit off her...

Play of the Day: The President Explains His Truthfulness

November 2, 2018 The midterm elections are only a few days away and President Donald Trump is campaigning for candidates before Tuesday. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that Trump wants to appear at more rallies, saying "so many people to offend, so little time." In answering a question...

Play of the Day: The Real Reason Trump Wants To End Birthright Citizenship

November 1, 2018 A USGS employee infected government networks with malware recently after watching pornography on his work laptop and connecting it to the network. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying the person working for the United States Geological Survey was just trying to get his rocks off. President Donald...

Play of the Day: Can Trump End Birthright Citizenship?

October 31, 2018 A new lawsuit alleges that Trump Organization, including President Donald Trump and his kids, used the Trump name to scam vulnerable people out of money via multi-level marketing schemes including a vitamin business. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, showing an unflattering photo of the president and saying...

Play of the Day: The Suspected Mail Bomber's Van Has a Certain Look

October 30, 2018 President Donald Trump hosted trick-or-treaters at the White House over the weekend. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that the kids enjoyed meeting the president and the president enjoyed meeting who he thought was Captain America. Police apprehended Cesar Sayoc Jr. , the suspect in the...

Play of the Day: Kelly and Bolton Get Into It

October 29, 2018 During a press availability last week, President Donald Trump referred to national security adviser John Bolton as "Mike" while speaking about a Bolton trip to Russia. Late Late Show's James Corden joked about the news, saying that Michael Bolton acting as an envoy in Russia isn't much weirder than saying...

Play of the Day: Listening In On The President's iPhone Calls

October 26, 2018 At a rally in Wisconsin this week, President Donald Trump asked the crowd "Do you see how nice I'm behaving?" Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the phrase, saying that if you saw that on a date, you should "pepper spray him until the canister runs out." According to The...

Play of the Day: The President Reacts To The Mail Bombs

October 25, 2018 Because of a recent salmonella outbreak, the CDC recommended that those with pet chickens be careful if they dress the birds up in Halloween costumes. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, suggesting that some chicken owners might want to do other things with their pets. After a series...

Play of the Day: The President Explains The Words 'Nationalist' And 'Globalist'

October 24, 2018 Senator Ted Cruz is running for reelection and called on his one-time rival President Donald Trump to campaign for him on Monday in Houston. Trump spoke for more than an hour, prompting Late Night's Seth Meyers to joke that it was the first time a crowd ever screamed "bring out...

Play of the Day: The President Has No Time For Babies

October 23, 2018 Senator Ted Cruz is up for reelection in Texas and called on his one-time rival President Donald Trump to campaign for him this week in the state. Trump even said that the man he used to call "Lyin' Ted" could now be called "Beautiful Ted," prompting Late Night's Seth Meyers...