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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: Trump is Here to Deal With Israel, Palestine and, Of Course, Sweden

February 20, 2017 Americans celebrated President's Day weekend and, in time for the holiday, C-SPAN released its presidential rankings. James Buchanan was ranked last, but The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that President Donald Trump's Thursday press conference might have knocked the current president into that spot. Trump hosted a press conference in...

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Play of the Day: Trump-era Cocktails

February 18, 2017 Recently, the United States Tennis Association accidentally played a Nazi-era version of Germany's national anthem, "Deutchland Deutschland Über Alles" at a match. Conan O'Brien joked that controversial White House official Steve Bannon may have been behind the switch. According to a recent report, President -- and teetoler -- Donald Trump...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump's First Solo Press Conference as President

February 17, 2017 President Donald Trump will hold a rally near Orlando this weekend for supporters. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked Thursday that Trump will visit Epcot Center after the event, just to insult countries at the World Showcase. Trump held a press conference Thursday after he announced his new pick to...

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Play of the Day: Firing Flynn Was Right Up Trump's Alley

February 16, 2017 During a press conference in Washington Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "There is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump." Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the comment, joking that Trump replied "Absolutely. I love Florida." With the controversy surrounding...

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Play of the Day: Michael Flynn is Out of a Job

February 15, 2017 President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned Monday night after revelations that he was not forthright to some in the administration about his communications with Russia during the last few months. Jimmy Kimmel joked that Flynn's 24-day tenure meant he was the first person eliminated by the Celebrity...

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Play of the Day: Mar-a-Lago is the Open-Air Florida Situation Room

February 14, 2017 Republican National Convention speaker, Donald Trump supporter and actor Scott Baio declared this week that he will no longer be shopping at Nordstrom after the department store dropped President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka's clothing line from its stores, due to dwindling sales. Conan O'Brien joked about this development, mocking Baio's...

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Play of the Day: Trump and Abe Share a Powerful Handshake

February 13, 2017 Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted "SEE YOU IN COURT" after he was dealt a court defeat over his immigration executive order. Saturday Night Live's Michael Che joked about the reaction, saying Trump is like a man who got beat up in an alley, yelling "Let's take this outside!" Japanese...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump Can't Tweet About Everything, Can He?

February 12, 2017 According to reports, former governor of Alaska -- and Play of the Day favorite -- Sarah Palin is being considered to be the ambassador to Canada in Donald Trump's administration. Real Time's Bill Maher joked that the job is great for Palin if she can learn the language. Trump has...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump Will See You in Court, Judges

February 10, 2017 White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway went on television Thursday and said “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff,” after president Donald Trump tweeted negatively about Nordstrom dropping his daughter's clothing line due to poor sales. This may have run afoul of federal law against personal gain through public office, prompting Late Show's Stephen...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Coming for Every Store in the Mall

February 9, 2017 President Donald Trump met with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah this week, but not to meet about Congressional oversight. Instead, the two talked about postal reform, prompting Late Show's Stephen Colbert to say Trump wants to know "how many stamps to put on Jason Chaffetz's...

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