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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: Trump Wants a 'Fruitful' Meeting With Kim

April 20, 2018 President Donald trump's nominee for NASA administrator, James Bridenstine , was approved this week by the Senate on a party line vote, but faced criticism for having no science background outisde of being a one-time museum administrator. Conan O'Brien joked about his lack of experience, saying he's "overqualified" to be...

Play of the Day: Trump Kept Pompeo's North Korea Meeting a Secret

April 19, 2018 President Donald Trump is meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, which Trump calls the "Southern White House." Conan O'Brien joked about the term, saying Trump calls the actual White House "The Western Kremlin." Trump recently tweeted about the previously secret meeting that CIA chief and...

Five 'Ethical Leadership' Values In James Comey's Book

April 18, 2018 Former FBI Director's James Comey's book A Higher Loyalty was released Tuesday to huge sales and heavy criticism from Comey's former boss, President Donald Trump. The news coverage of the book has mostly been about Comey's reflections on his involvement in the 2016 presidential race and his interactions with Trump,...

Play of the Day: More Scott Pruitt Purchases

April 18, 2018 According to reports, Twitter was down on Tuesday for a few minutes worldwide. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying President Donald Trump "was forced to open a window and start yelling at people on the street." A new report outlines the car upgrades EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requested, including...

Play of the Day: Comey's Book Blurbs

April 17, 2018 According to reports, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is spending one of every five dollars on lawyers. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the news on Monday, saying the other money is being spent on "self tanner on chicken nuggets." A Higher Loyalty, James Comey's book, is being released this week and...

Play of the Day: Comey And Trump Are Back At It

April 16, 2018 Due to a weekend and a D.C. holiday, taxes are due on Tuesday instead of April 15 this year. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about taxes, saying "we're all going to go out, get drunk and buy something we don't need" whether we get refunds or not. Former FBI...

Play of the Day: A New EPA Challenge Coin Design

April 13, 2018 President Donald Trump canceled his trip to South America this week and will be replaced by Vice President Mike Pence. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that the switch is like "ordering a Jaegerbomb and getting a Shirley Temple." EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt continues to be criticized for various scandals,...

Play of the Day: Paul Ryan Wants To Spend More Time With His Family

April 12, 2018 President Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser Nadia Schadlow resigned this week, marking another Trump administration official to step down. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying it's a bad sign when the first time you hear someone's name is when they're stepping down. Speaker of the House...

Play of the Day: 'Witch Hunt' Would Look Good on a Red Hat

April 11, 2018 President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert is leaving his post soon, according to the White House. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying that Trump will eventually need to ask Hillary Clinton to serve in his administration because the talent pool is so shallow. Armed with...

Play of the Day: Michael Cohen's Office Was Raided and the President is Not Happy

April 10, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's scandals have been in the news lately, from his spending of taxpayer money on security for travel to his spending on office amenities like a $43,000 soundproof booth because of a fear of eavesdropping. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about the news, asking...