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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 Wants to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

September 22, 2017 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un released a statement this week, comparing President Donald Trump to a "frightened dog" and calling Trump "deranged." Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying Kim is now the "Democrats top pick for president in 2020." Trump voiced his support for the Graham-Cassidy health care bill...

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Play of the Day: Trump's United Nations Speech

September 20, 2017 President Donald Trump spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, threatening to potentially destroy North Korea with nuclear war. He also called the hermit kingdom's leader "Rocket Man" in his U.N. speech, prompting Late Night's Seth Meyers to joke that the nickname sounded like something out of Top...

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Play of the Day: A Trump Twitter Tradeoff

September 19, 2017 President Donald Trump is at the United Nations General Assembly session this week and started the week by saying that there is a good chance for peace in the Middle East. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the comments, saying Trump also accidentally started a war with Greenland. Trump...

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Play of the Day: Colbert Knocks Trump at the Emmys

September 18, 2017 After softening his stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program last week, some in President Donald Trump's voting base are unhappy with the president. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld joked that those unhappy with Trump should remember the alternative and showed a video of Hillary Clinton complaining...

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Play of the Day: Testing Out the Wall

September 15, 2017 President Donald Trump tweeted about Hillary Clinton this week, criticizing her new book and the blame she puts on others for her 2016 election loss. Late-night joked about the tweets, with Conan O'Brien joking about Trump's wife, Late Night's Seth Meyers joking about his athletic prowess and The Tonight Show's...

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Play of the Day: More From Hillary Clinton's Book

September 14, 2017 Senator Ted Cruz spoke to CNN's Dana Bash this week about an incident in which his Twitter account liked a post from a pornography account, but refused to out the staffer he said was responsible. Jimmy Kimmel joked that Cruz definitely was the staffer, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon...

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Play of the Day: Reading the Storybook Version of 'What Happened'

September 13, 2017 A Twitter account belonging to Senator Ted Cruz liked a Twitter post this week from an adult video account, prompting Twitter and late-night hosts to joke about the Texan. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about Cruz's lack of likability, while Jimmy Kimmel joked that the theme of the video...

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Play of the Day: Steve Bannon's Personal Look Dominated His '60 Minutes' Interview

September 12, 2017 A new adaptation of Stephen King's clown terror novel It dominated the box office this weekend, earning $123 million. Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the movie, saying that a scary clown succeeding would remind Americans of the 2016 election. President Donald Trump's ex-chief strategist Steve Bannon...

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Play of the Day: Dennis Rodman is Here to Solve the North Korea Problem

September 11, 2017 During the negotiations at the White House last week to keep the government open, several news outlets reported that President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka dropped by the Oval Office to discuss other matters, which made GOP leaders "visibly annoyed by her presence." Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked that the...

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Play of the Day: More on Trump's Meeting With Top Democrats

September 8, 2017 President Donald Trump's campaign store is still active and selling merchandise. Jimmy Kimmel checked in on the store and found a presidential medal for those who want a "little version of the president to scowl at you while you sleep." Kimmel also highlighted a "Latinos por Trump" button that has...