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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's 'The Tower' Could Have Been a Great Show

8:56 AM ET Hillary Clinton's emails continue to trickle out and Fox News' Greg Gutfeld expressed his frustration with the press' coverage of the 2016 race. Gutfeld explained that Clinton's scandals are boring compared to the exciting Trump daily news. If only Clinton ran against someone boring, he joked, like Trump VP pick...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump Has a Friend in Nigel Farage

August 26, 2016 At a rally in Florida this week, Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton's celebrity endorsements, saying many who support her "aren’t very hot anymore." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted the irony of that statement coming from a candidate with high-profile endorsements like Scott Baio and the guy from Duck Dynasty....

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You Took Our Hatch Act Quiz and Did Pretty Well, But...

August 26, 2016 Mixing politics with work can be bad business for anybody, but for federal employees, it can be a career killer. There are strict rules limiting the political activity of government employees. With Election Day quickly approaching, we asked Government Executive readers to assess how well they knew the Hatch Act,...

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Play of the Day: Trump Has a Good Use For All Those Books He Bought

August 25, 2016 Hillary Clinton has been holding fundraisers in Silicon Valley, wooing tech moguls for campaign money. Late Night's Seth Meyers Wednesday joked about Clinton's lack of political skills, noting her robotic nature. The most recent FEC filing from Donald Trump's campaign shows that the campaign spent $55,000 on copies of Trump's...

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Play of the Day: The Clinton Foundation Emails are Definitely a Thing

August 24, 2016 A Colorado field office for Donald Trump's is run by a 12-year-old boy (actually the son of the field office coordinator) and late-night took notice. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted the similarities between the kid and the candidate, while Late Night's Seth Meyers noted that the 12-year-old may be...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump Tries to Appeal to Minority Voters

August 23, 2016 Nude statues of Donald Trump popped up in five cities this month, depicting the GOP nominee as pinkish-hued and overweight. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked Monday night that the statues should stand at the border instead of a wall. Trump made his pitch to African-American voters last week in...

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Play of the Day: Another Eventful Week in the 2016 Presidential Campaign

August 22, 2016 Hillary Clinton has mostly laid low during the summer as Donald Trump grabs headlines, but Fox News Greg Gutfeld noted a mistake the former State Department chief made this week when talking about Trump's foreign policy. Why didn't Clinton know that we have troops fighting the Islamic State? Is that...

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Play of the Day: Trump and 'Sarcasm'

August 16, 2016 GOP nominee Donald Trump has made news recently by saying that Barack Obama is the "founder of ISIS." According to late-night TV, the people that have it worst are his surrogates because they have to defend his comments. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked about "goblin" and Trump spokesperson Katrina...

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Play of the Day: It's Getting Harder to Defend Trump

August 15, 2016 Donald Trump has taken to printing out chart memes from the Internet and holding them at rallies, fulfilling his destiny of being a Twitter egg made human. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about Trump, joking about his hands and his love of charts. Trump supporter and Fox News host...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump Stays in the Conversation

August 12, 2016 Donald Trump help a Florida rally this week days after the father of the Orlando shooter was spotted at a Hillary Clinton rally in the state. Unfortunately, as Trump was pointing this out, disgraced former congressman Mark Foley was at his rally. As The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted, Foley...