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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: More on the Cruz/Fiorina Ticket

8:47 AM ET Congress passed a bill this week designating the bison as the national mammal of the United States. Referencing the bill, Jimmy Kimmel joked about Congress' inactivity while Conan O'Brien tied the move to American obesity. Late-night shows were still processing the news of Ted Cruz selecting Carly Fiorina as potential...

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz Picks a Running Mate, Despite Not Winning Anything

April 28, 2016 With nine victories between them this week, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are looking like the general election nominees. Late Night's Seth Meyers compared the matchup to a recent -- critically panned -- superhero movie, while Late Show's Stephen Colbert said it was "the matchup America did something to deserve."...

Play of the Day: Clinton and Trump Will Soon Be Looking for VP Nominees

April 27, 2016 Donald Trump has pivoted from attacking Ted Cruz to attacking John Kasich, though this time he's mocking the way the Ohio governor eats. Late Show's Stephen Colbert noted Trump's comments, saying he years for a time when the conversation was about, uh, hand size. With Trump and Hillary Clinton marching...

Play of the Day: Kasich and Cruz Are the Bootleg Wonder Twins

April 26, 2016 Wildly popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones premiered its sixth season Sunday and Late Night's Seth Meyers connected the series to the 2016 election. There's a Jon who may or may not be dead, someone devious called Littlefinger and an ominous constant force on the horizon. In anticipation of...

Play of the Day: More on the Harriet Tubman $20

April 22, 2016 In an interview this week, Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus refuted claims that his job is hard this election cycle and that he's "not pouring Baileys in my cereal." Late Show's Stephen Colbert noted that this idea is awfully specific for someone who is not pouring liquor in his...

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz Loves America… Probably Too Much

April 21, 2016 The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked that the Tubman 20 would be the de facto currency of African Americans, while The Late Show's Stephen Colbert noted that things could get awkward...

Play of the Day: Clinton is a Better New York Panderer Than Kasich

April 20, 2016 Donald Trump made a minor mistake in a speech this week, referring to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as 7-11 (instead of the usual 9-11) at a rally in Buffalo. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah questioned Trump's claim that the day is close to his heart. After all, victims...

Play of the Day: John Kasich Explains Passover. Kind of.

April 19, 2016 The move to put a woman on U.S. currency continues to churn, but the actual bill is still up in the air. The hit Broadway musical Hamilton has thrown a wrench into the $10 bill getting a new face, but The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted that this move might...

Play of the Day: SNL Takes on the Brooklyn Democratic Debate

April 18, 2016 As more and more details come out about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Last Week Tonight dedicated its main segment Sunday night to the issue of lead exposure throughout the United States. Citing HUD and CDC statistics, host John Oliver tied children's lead exposure to the hit movie Frozen....

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz Loves Soup. Probably Too Much.

April 15, 2016 Bernie Sanders held a rally in New York's Washington Square Park that 27,000 attended this week, so, naturally, Big Apple-based late-night comedians joked about the event. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that New Yorkers will get in any line, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Sanders was just...