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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: The AHCA Draft Is Released

June 23, 2017 President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence hosted members of Congress for the congressional picnic Thursday. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Pence spent the entire event trying to avoid eye contact with the hot dogs. The GOP leadership released the American Health Care Act draft Thursday morning....

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Play of the Day: The AHCA Is Less Popular Than The Mummy Remake

June 22, 2017 President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is in Israel this week as an attempt to forge a peace between Israel and Palestine. Conan O'Brien joked that Kushner's attempt was met with laughter after thousands of years of fighting, while Jimmy Kimmel joked that Trump will find a new husband for...

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Play of the Day: Replacing Sean Spicer

June 21, 2017 Ivanka Trump met with Republican lawmakers this week to discuss potential paid family leave policies. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that plenty of GOP politicians would pay for the Trump family to leave Washington. The Atlantic's Rosie Gray reported that the White House Communications Office is in the process...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump and His Lawyer Say He's Under Investigation. Or Not.

June 20, 2017 It was reported this week that ethics forms show President Donald Trump made $598 million in 2016. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon tied the news to the president's relationship with the tax system. One of Trump's personal lawyers, Jay Sekulow, made the rounds on the Sunday political shows over the...

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Play of the Day: The 'Mean, Mean, Mean' Health Care Bill

June 19, 2017 Last week, President Donald Trump stopped by the Supreme Court and a photo he took with the justices has gone viral. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's expression reminds of him of "the face everyone makes when they see their Tinder date in person." With news...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Tweeting About Witch Hunts Again

June 16, 2017 After the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last week, former president Barack Obama texted Golden State star Kevin Durant to congratulate him. Meanwhile, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked, Cleveland star Lebron James got a one-word text from someone else reading "loser." The Washington...

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Play of the Day: The President's Birthday Cards

June 15, 2017 Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said this week that Democrats could do well to appeal to young voters. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that at least one infamous Democrat may have to avoid young voters or face criminal consequences. President Donald Trump celebrated his 71st birthday on Wednesday and late-night celebrated...

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Play of the Day: Jeff Sessions and Recusals

June 14, 2017 Bestselling author Stephen King said this week that President Donald Trump blocked him on social media. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying "The world's scariest writer blocked Stephen King on Twitter." Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, defending himself against allegations...

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Play of the Day: Trump's Cabinet Praises Him

June 13, 2017 Melania and Barron Trump moved into the White House over the weekend, prompting late-night to joke about the First Family. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Melania only brought a week's worth of clothes, while Jimmy Kimmel used some in-law joked about Melania's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, moving...

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Play of the Day: The Benefits of the Trump Loyalty Card

June 12, 2017 Melania and Barron Trump moved into the White House over the weekend after Barron finished up the school year in New York. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the move saying Donald Trump was able to convince his wife to move to D.C. by replacing Michelle Obama's vegetable garden with a Bergdorf...