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Ross Gianfortune

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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: Donald Trump Sends a Bus for Senators

April 28, 2017 After speaking to Mexico's Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada's Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump said this week that he would like to renegotiate parts of NAFTA instead of scrapping it. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the acronym, saying Trump would prefer "North Americans For Twitter Attacks." Trump sent...

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Play of the Day: The Other Red Button in the Oval Office

April 27, 2017 First Lady Melania Trump celebrated her 47th birthday on Wednesday and President Donald Trump tweeted his birthday wishes to her. Conan O'Brien joked that it was the first time Trump "has something nice to an immigrant" while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that we all know what Melania wished on...

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Play of the Day: The Stages of the Wall Bargaining

April 26, 2017 White House official Ivanka Trump spoke at a German conference this week and was booed when she suggested her father President Donald Trump is "a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive." Conan O'Brien said Tuesday night that Ivanka just got bad advice ("Always open with a...

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Play of the Day: The Wall and the Potential Shutdown

April 25, 2017 President Donald Trump had separate phone calls with the leaders of Japan and China Monday to discuss North Korea. Conan O'Brien joked that Trump "was shocked to learn that those are two different people." Reports circulated this week that Trump might veto a potential government funding bill if money for...

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Play of the Day: More on Jared Kushner's White House Role

April 24, 2017 Time named President Donald Trump one of the most 100 influential people in 2017 recently and had House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., write the profile. In it, Ryan said Trump can find a "way to defy the odds and get it done," causing Jimmy Kimmel to ask what Trump...

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Play of the Day: The President Has Some Interesting Friends Over For Dinner

April 21, 2017 President Donald Trump hosted Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House Thursday and noted that famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti is his "great friend." Jimmy Kimmel noticed this on Thursday, reminding viewers that Trump probably hasn't heard from his friend recently, as Pavarotti has been dead since 2007....

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Play of the Day: The Patriots Take a Patriotic Trip to the White House

April 20, 2017 According to a new report from Senate Democrats politically opposed to President Donald Trump's signature campaign proposal, the border wall will cost more than three times the original estimate. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, citing Trump's business history of non-payment. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visited the...

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Play of the Day: Some Nicknames for Kim Jong-un

April 19, 2017 According to a new report, President Donald Trump has been increasingly recruiting officials from George W. Bush's administration to serve in the Trump administration. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, suggesting Trump asked for "The Iraq guy and the Katrina guy." Tensions between the United States and North Korea have...

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Play of the Day: Recapping Easter at the Trump White House

April 18, 2017 President Donald Trump held the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll Monday, prompting late-night hosts to devote a lot of time to the event. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the origins of the event, as well as the unfortunate typo that the White House's Snapchat account sent out about...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump Has Missiles… And Cake

April 17, 2017 President Donald Trump reversed course on NATO last week, saying the alliance is "no longer obsolete." Last Week Tonight's John Oliver noted this switch, comparing it to a flat-earther admitting the world is round. Sure, it's a good step, but he shouldn't have believed it in the first place. Trump...

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