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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: Famous Dancer Rick Perry is Ready to Lead the Energy Department

8:00 AM ET President-elect Donald Trump will keep on dozens of Barack Obama administration officials during the first days of the Trump administration. Thursday night, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that those officials might include Obama himself Rick Perry, Trump's nominee to lead the Energy Department, began his confirmation hearings on Capitol...

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Play of the Day: Trump is Working on His Inauguration Speech

January 19, 2017 Education nominee Betsy DeVos had her hearing this week and answered a question about gun possession in schools by suggesting that some schools may need firearms to protect students from grizzly bears. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah noted that guns kill more kids than bears in schools, so he's argue...

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Play of the Day: Putin Weighs In On The Trump Rumors

January 18, 2017 As he completes his senior year-type last month of his presidency, Barack Obama designated a slew of national monuments last week. One of those included Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, prompting The Daily Show's Trevor Noah to joke that "gold" and a word that has "butt" in it would...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Now Feuding With John Lewis

January 17, 2017 Donald Trump is set to be inaugurated in a few days and dozens of Democrats in Congress are boycotting the event. Conan O'Brien joked that he was surprised that there even were dozens of Democrats after the losses they've taken in the last few elections. After Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.,...

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Play of the Day: Ben Carson's Hearing Was Definitely Eventful

January 13, 2017 President Barack Obama awarded his vice president with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, Thursday. In return, as Late Night's Seth Meyers joked, Joe Biden gave Obama his highest honor: A finger gun point and a wink. Donald Trump's pick for HUD chief Dr. Ben Carson...

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Play of the Day: Making American Great Again … With a Lot of Folders

January 12, 2017 President Barack Obama gave his final speech in the office Tuesday night, including a part of the speech asking citizens to engage more with American democracy. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about Obama suggesting engagement with "strangers from the Internet" in "real life," saying such a thing will end...

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Play of the Day: The Sessions Confirmation Hearings Have Begun

January 11, 2017 Barack Obama gave his farewell presidential address Tuesday night in Chicago. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the upcoming transition to Donald Trump's by comparing it to a blended family situation. Jimmy Kimmel gave some history about presidential farewells by noting the Alexander Hamilton helped craft George Washington's farewell speech...

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Play of the Day: Trump and Streep

January 10, 2017 According to reports, president-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will be named senior adviser to the president soon. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the move, referencing Trump's comments about his daughter. Conan O'Brien also joked about the move, tying Kushner to another famous Jared. Monday, Trump tweeted insults at...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump Drives the Twitter Train

January 9, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump is less than two weeks from taking office and he continues to make news on Twitter. Earlier this month, the president-elect tweeted that he was unhappy with a photo that will appear on a CNN book about him, saying “Hope it does well but used worst cover...

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Play of the Day: The President-elect, Relative Truth and Intelligence

January 6, 2017 The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing Thursday to investigate the claims of Russian interference in the 2016 American election. When asked if he spoke to president-elect Donald Trump about disagreements with the intelligence community on Russia's involvement, committee chair John McCain told reporters that he has not "talked...

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