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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: Paul Manafort's Russian Ties and Donald Trump

8:58 AM ET Mick Mulvaney, the head of the Office of Management and Budget, made the media rounds late last week calling President Donald Trump's budget plan a "hard power budget." Full Frontal's Samantha Bee joked that she thought those three words sounded more like the names of workout enthusiast Paul Ryan's kids....

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Play of the Day: Ivanka Trump Gets an Office in the White House

March 22, 2017 President Donald Trump signed a bill authorizing almost $20 billion in NASA funding this week, encouraging the agency to continue on its goal of putting a human on Mars. Conan O'Brien joked that Trump wants to put people on Mars and then put a casino up there. According to reports,...

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Play of the Day: After the Wall, Trump Will Build a Dragon Dome

March 21, 2017 A man this weekend claimed he evaded Secret Service agents at Mar-a-Lago to snap a selfie in President Donald Trump's private study. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that this was impossible, because there's no way Trump has a study. FBI Director James Comey testified on Capitol Hill Monday and...

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John Oliver on Trump's Budget Plan: It's 'The End Credits For America'

March 20, 2017 Last Week Tonight's John Oliver built his show's main segment Sunday night around the release of President Trump's budget plan. The so-called "skinny budget ... sounds like a line item that Trump might've included in one of his pre-nups," the comedian quipped. Oliver noted that CNN's presentation of the severe...

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Play of the Day: Trump Meets Merkel

March 20, 2017 Last week, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC revealed a 2005 tax return of President Donald Trump's on her TV show, but it had underwhelming news value since it showed the president paid tens of millions in taxes and showed nothing incriminating about Trump. Fox News' Greg Gufteld joked about the "stunt,"...

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Play of the Day: Maybe Trump's Budget Should Spare PBS

March 17, 2017 President Donald Trump's second attempt travel ban was temporarily blocked this week by a federal judge in Hawaii. Thursday night, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about Trump's potential new tries at the ban and his continued use of the term "Muslim ban." Trump's budget blueprint was released Thursday and...

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Play of the Day: Feds Aren't Involved in Any 'Deep State…' They Just Want to Do Their Jobs

March 16, 2017 Rapper Snoop Dogg released a video this week in which he satirically pointed a gun at an actor dressed like President Donald Trump in clown makeup. Trump understandably took issue with the imagery, tweeting "Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed...

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Play of the Day: Rex Tillerson's Alias Was Too Masculine

March 15, 2017 The ultra-popular reality show The Bachelor concluded its most-recent season Monday night with the bachelor choosing a Canadian teacher as his fiancée. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying that Bachelor star Nick Viall is a "reality star who has married an immigrant he barely knows and…...

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Play of the Day: Is It Still Wiretapping If It's Done Through a Microwave?

March 14, 2017 President Donald Trump will welcome Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the White House this week to discuss the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Conan O'Brien joked about the similarities between the prince and Trump, including wealth and elaborate head coverings. While defending Trump's...

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Play of the Day: The AHCA Is Not TrumpCare

March 13, 2017 Director, actress and ineffective 2016 Hillary Clinton surrogate Lena Dunham told Howard Stern recently that she "stopped being able to eat food" after President Donald Trump's election in November. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld joked Saturday about the revelation, saying "somewhere, a Twinkie breathes a sigh of relief." The new Republican...

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