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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: Clinton's Email and Obama's Religion

8:58 AM ET Hillary Clinton leads in the race to be the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, but the email scandal remains a news topic on late-night TV. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the retractions in the latest batch of emails released by State Department and even brought up a classic...

Play of the Day: Kanye West for President

September 1, 2015 MTV's Video Music Awards were held Sunday evening and the big news out of the show was Kanye West's long monologue after winning the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. In an 11-minute speech, West decried consumer culture, talked up his own status and announced he is running for president in...

Play of the Day: Freedom of Religion and Speech Explained

August 24, 2015 Donald Trump unveiled his immigration plan last week and late-night shows have been dissecting it since its release. Real Time's Bill Maher looked at the plan Friday, noting that Trump's current and first wives both would have been affected by his policy. Last Week Tonight's main story Sunday night tackled...

Play of the Day: What Trumped Learned From WrestleMania

August 21, 2015 Hundreds of people file paperwork with the FEC every presidential election cycle, but one candidate is polling better than usual: Deez Nuts. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted Mr. Nuts' polling numbers against sitting senator Lindsey Graham Thursday, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon mocked newscasters reporting on the Nuts...

Play of the Day: Clinton Has Some Explaining To Do

August 20, 2015 Donald Trump continues to make news by saying ridiculous things. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Trump's personal boycott of Oreos, while Late Night's Seth Meyers and Fallon jumped on Trump's mocking of supermodel Heidi Klum. In other campaign news, Hillary Clinton's email deletion scandal is not going away....

Play of the Day: Trump's Immigration Plan is Quite Restrictive

August 19, 2015 While campaigning in Iowa this weekend, Marco Rubio threw a pass to a boy who missed the ball and was hit in the face with it. Late Night's Seth Meyers took the incident and joked about another 2016 GOP hopeful, while Conan O'Brien referenced the always-futile New York Jets. GOP...

Play of the Day: Fun at the Iowa State Fair

August 18, 2015 Candidates for president descended on the Iowa State Fair over the weekend, but all eyes were on two candidates. Donald Trump continues to lead polls of GOP voters and showed up to the fair in a helicopter. Trump gave helicopter rides to Iowa children, which made The Nightly Show's Larry...

Play of the Day: High Level Diplomacy isn't Always Glamorous

August 17, 2015 A recent analysis of 2016 GOP hopeful Donald Trump's vocabulary in speeches found that the candidate speaks at a third-grade level. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Trump's vocabulary by mentioning his favorite and least-favorite words Friday. The United States raised its flag over the American embassy in Havana...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Sings!

August 14, 2015 Jeb Bush this week spoke about the Iraq War and the American military's role after the war. In one speech, he warned that "Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger." In a segment eviscerating Bush, The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore took that phrasing...

Play of the Day: Bernie Sanders Has Some New Slogans

August 13, 2015 In speeches recently, GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has talked more about more American engagement to Iraq. Because of his family's history, this was late-night fodder for Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers, who joked about Jeb's brother's and father's experiences there. In new polls released this week, Bernie...