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Ross Gianfortune

Engagement Editor 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 FIFA Investigation Has Layers

8:39 AM ET The controversy around Josh Duggar and his relationship with the American conservative movements keeps building. As photos emerge of 2016 GOP candidates posing with the reality star, The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore has some campaign advice for Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and the others: Don't let those photos get out....

Play of the Day: The Daily Show Examines NSA Surveillance Again

May 27, 2015 Senator Rand Paul was a guest on The Daily Show Tuesday night, so host Jon Stewart examined the NSA surveillance program against which Paul has railed. Stewart joked about the program's similarities to the Olive Garden, prominent Republicans' comments on government overreach and even commented on the acronym that makes...

Play of the Day: Michelle Obama Will Kick Your Butt

May 22, 2015 The Defense Department released the list of reading material recovered from Obama bin Laden's compound after the Seal Team 6 raid this week and the list was surprising. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted bin Laden's possible love of video games, while Conan O'Brien joked about a book found on climate...

Play of the Day: Ask Bernie Sanders Anything... About Hillary Clinton

May 21, 2015 The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been forefront in the news lately and NBC's Seth Meyers did a segment Wednesday evening on the conversation around the TTP. The White House is on one side on the proposed plan and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is the other side, which Meyers humorously noted would...

Play of the Day: Rick Perry's White House Chances

May 20, 2015 With Barack Obama joining Twitter Monday via the @POTUS account, many around the social media platform congratulated the president this week including Bill Clinton. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted the exchange, joking about the relationship between Billy and Hillary Clinton. Rick Perry's likely to announce his 2016 plans soon...

Play of the Day: Obama Joins Twitter

May 19, 2015 Echoing Barack Obama's adventures in basketball, Vladimir Putin played in a charity hockey game over the weekend in Sochi. Unlike Obama, though, Putin's opponents were taken to school by the Russian leader as he scored eight goals. Putin's reputation was noted by late-night hosts Monday night, with Conan O'Brien and...

Play of the Day: Who Created ISIS?

May 18, 2015 Record executive L.A. Reid hosted a fundraiser last week for 2016 contender Hillary Clinton that was attended by celebrities of the music industry including Beyoncé, Meghan Trainor and Sharon Osbourne. Friday, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the guests and their relation to Bill Clinton's famous libido. Fellow 2016...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush Doesn't Ride a Bucking Manatee

May 15, 2015 Former State Department head and 2016 presidential candiate Hillary Clinton's brother could give her some headaches, according to some new reports. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Tony Rodham, saying that having a problematic brother named Tony will help Clinton in New Jersey. Famous brother Jeb Bush may have...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush's Iraq Mistake

May 14, 2015 The White House commented on the ongoing Deflategate scandal in the NFL this week with Josh Earnest saying Tom Brady needs to "be mindful of the way he serves as a role model.” The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the statement Wednesday night, turning the role onto the president...

Play of the Day: Barack Obama Completes His Travels to All the States

May 13, 2015 Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a story this weekend claiming that the original reports of the bin Laden raid were massaged to fit the White House's narrative. The Late Show's David Letterman took note of the possibly different accounts of bin Laden's death Tuesday and his staff put together a...