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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: Trump's Comments Have Not Gone Over Well

July 3, 2015 Donald Trump's comments about immigration and crime during his announcement speech have earned him criticism and have caused his business interests to suffer, but the mogul and 2016 presidential candidate says he will keep going on. Conan O'Brien joked about Trump's hair Thursday, while The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked...

Play of the Day: Chris Christie's New Horse-Abusing Ad

July 2, 2015 The Justice Department released its report on the Ferguson Police Department this week, saying the department had a fractured relationship with the black community. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore suggested it was time for Ferguson PD to update its relationship status on Facebook because of the report. Buzzfeed talked to...

Play of the Day: Chris Christie is in the Race. Ready Your Fat Jokes.

July 1, 2015 With the Supreme Court ruling for use of a controversial drug used to perform lethal injections, The Daily Show Tuesday night looked at the exact nature of the wording of the Eighth Amendment. Stewart showed the cruel and unusual matrix to examine what would constitute such a punishment to hilarious...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Experience With 'Traditional Marriage'

June 30, 2015 With the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage last week, reactions have been coming from all corners of the United States. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted the buildings being lit up in rainbow colors, while he also noted the particular wording of 2016 hopeful's reaction. GOP candidate...

Play of the Day: A Huge Week in the News

June 29, 2015 The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare Thursday, which prompted the weekly HBO shows to look at the decision. Real Time's Bill Maher suggested the decision headlined a terrible week for American conservatives, while Last Week Tonight's John Oliver looked at Antonin Scalia's language. The other huge decision concerned...

Play of the Day: Bobby Jindal's Creepy Video

June 26, 2015 The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare Thursday, which prompted Late Night's Seth Meyers to joke about the program's inauspicious technical start and to comment on Donald Trump's reaction to the ruling. Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana released a video this week to announce his run for the presidency....

Play of the Day: Even More on the Confederate Battle Flag

June 25, 2015 Donald Trump's 2016 campaign is rolling along and late-night hosts have taken note. The punchline-producing candidate was in comedian's crosshairs again Wednesday night, as Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about his popularity among Hispanic voters, Conan O'Brien included him in a "Celebrity Survey" segment and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon...

Play of the Day: Trump's Foreign Policy Platform

June 24, 2015 After South Carolina's Nikki Haley called for a reexamination of the Confederate Battle Flag's place in the state, retailers have jumped on board in banning sale of the flag that represented the Confederacy on the battlefield against the United States Armed Forces. Because Amazon was one of the first to...

Play of the Day: Taking Down the Confederate Battle Flag

June 23, 2015 In an episode posted Monday, Barack Obama used the n-word on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. This gave a lot of people fits, causing The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore to devote a segment to the history of the word's use by previous (white) American presidents. Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth...

Play of the Day: Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson and Paper Currency

June 22, 2015 The shooting in South Carolina last week sparked more debate on the use of the Confederate flag at government building in states of the former Confederacy. HBO's late-night television hosts over the weekend stood firmly against the flag, with Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joking about the nature of its...