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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 Experiences the Eclipse

8:38 AM ET This week saw conflicting reports on the Secret Service's ability to pay its agents to protect President Donald Trump and his family. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying that Trump might let his son Eric go unprotected. Trump experienced the solar eclipse Monday from the White House with First...

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Play of the Day: The Demise of Trump's Manufacturing Council

August 21, 2017 Steve Bannon left his job as White House strategist on Friday, prompting late-night to joke about his departure. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld joked that he and other former Trump staffers could start cable news shows, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that the Trump White House is like a...

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Play of the Day: The President Loves Beautiful Confederate Statues

August 18, 2017 A 16-year-old high school student named Jack Bergerson is attempting to run for governor in Kansas as a Democrat. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked about the news, saying that Bergerson is the youngest candidate in the party by a factor of about 150 years. President Donald Trump tweeted out...

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Play of the Day: Trump's Feud With Amazon

August 17, 2017 The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized this week, National Park Police say. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying it's the second-worst thing to happen to Abraham Lincoln. President Donald Trump criticized Amazon in a tweet Wednesday, causing the company's stock price to drop. Jimmy Kimmel noted the connection between Amazon...

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Play of the Day: President Trump Likes to Wait For the Facts

August 16, 2017 President Donald Trump arrived in New York this week to finish his time away from the White House while it is renovated. Trump will stay at Trump Tower, prompting The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke that his wake-up calls would just be a staff member giving him his poll...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump Addresses the Violence in Charlottesville

August 15, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence is in South America right now on a diplomatic trip and addressed the situation in Venezuela by saying the country is "sliding into dictatorship." Conan O'Brien joked about Pence's comments, saying that Pence is there to take notes. President Donald Trump gave a statement Monday at...

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Play of the Day: Playing Trump Word Bingo

August 14, 2017 When asked about his sometimes contentious relationship with Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump last week said "it is what it is." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying Trump got emotional because "it is what it is" was also his wedding vows. Buzzfeed reported last week that...

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Play of the Day: Guam is Not Worried

August 11, 2017 David Pekoske was sworn in as the Transportation Security Administration's seventh administrator on Thursday. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, tying the event to TSA's famously long lines. The tension between the United States and North Korea continues to rise, with President Donald Trump refusing to back...

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How Much Patriotism do Military Bands Inspire? Watchdog Wants Better Measures

August 10, 2017 When talking about the arts, it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." The Government Accountability Office isn't so sure this is true for music, though, at least in the case of U.S. military bands. The watchdog on Thursday issued a report recommending that the...

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Play of the Day: Tensions Build Between the United States and North Korea

August 10, 2017 Vice News reported this week that "a special folder" of positive news coverage is shown to President Donald Trump twice a day. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the folder and Trump's work ethic, while Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump gets a third folder "if he eats his vegetables."...