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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: Celebrating America's Independence During Turbulent Times

July 9, 2018 After Justice Antony Kennedy announced his retirement, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted "OMG! Just when you thought this week couldn't get more lit... I give you Anthony Kennedy's retirement from #SCOTUS". Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about the tweet, saying it ruined the word "lit" for young people and ruined...

Play of the Day: Trump Is Back In Rallying Mode

June 29, 2018 A poll released last week indicates that North Korean authoritarian leader Kim Jong-un is more popular among Republicans than House MAjority Leader Nacy Pelosi. The Opposition's Jordan Klepper joked about the news, saying it makes sense because Pelosi's less likely to go along with President Donald Trump judicial picks. Trump...

Play of the Day: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Is Retiring

June 28, 2018 President Donald Trump spoke to young people at the Face-to-Face With Our Future event on Wednesday and told the millennials in attendance "if you don't love what you're doing, find something else," prompting The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke that half the audience got up and left. Supreme Court...

Play of the Day: The Travel Ban Is Upheld And Trump Says 'Wow'

June 27, 2018 Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King intimated this week that the United States is heading toward another Civil War. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying President Donald Trump is excited for another Avengers movie. The Supreme Court upheld Trump's travel ban this week, 5-4. Fallon joked that...

Play of the Day: How The Red Hen Should Have Served Sarah Huckabee Sanders

June 26, 2018 President Donald Trump insulted The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon in a tweet, calling him "whimpering" and questioning Fallon's masculinity. Fallon responded on his show Monday night, asking how First Lady Melania Trump's anti-online bullying campaign is going. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red...

Play of the Day: The U.S. and Humpty Dumpty

June 25, 2018 According to a new book about the Trump family, Donald Trump Jr. was called "Diaper Don" derisively while attending college. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying "like father, like son." With an executive order this week, President Donald Trump reversed his administration's policy of separating undocumented children...

Play of the Day: Melania Trump Visits The Border

June 22, 2018 President Donald Trump's administration released a major plan for government reorganization that includes combining the Departments of Labor and Education. Jimmy Kimmel joked that the new agency would combine Trump's two least-favorite things: work and reading. First Lady Melania Trump visited a facility housing children who had come over the...

Play of the Day: Where Can Kirstjen Nielsen Eat In Peace?

June 21, 2018 A man in South Carolina photographed a cloud this week that looked quite a bit like President Donald Trump. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the cloud, saying Trump might now call in the Space Force. Hours after she said in a press conference the government does not have...

Play of the Day: Did The Flag Consent to That Hug?

June 20, 2018 ald Trump hosted King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain on Tuesday for tea. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Trump's speech patterns, saying he addressed them as "King Phillip and Queen Latifah." Trump gave a speech at the National Federation of Independent Business’s 75th-anniversary event in Washington...

Play of the Day: Defining the Word 'Cage'

June 19, 2018 President Donald Trump announced that he is directing the Pentagon to create a Space Force as a new branch of the military. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that Trump said "It won't be that hard, it's not like it's rocket science." The Trump administration's "zero...