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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: Jeb's Campaign is Just an Elaborate Nigerian Prince Scam

December 16, 2015 Donald Trump's doctor released a letter this week saying the candidate would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." The Daily Show's Trevor Noah questioned the letter's authenticity… until he saw a photo of Trump's doctor. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush sent an email to supporters this week...

Play of the Day: After Paris, Maybe Earth Will be 'Hospitable For Human Life' in the Future

December 15, 2015 Donald Trump's campaign released a letter Monday from Trump's physician explaining the candidate's health, even going so far as to say Trump "will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." Conan O'Brien joked about the letter Monday night, implying the letter didn't talk about Trump's mental health, while...

Play of the Day: 'W' Examines the Republican Presidential Field

December 14, 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama put together a video last week with her rapping about college education, causing the Internet to take notice. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the Obama kids rolling their eyes at her in his "Thank You Notes" segment Friday. Will Ferrell reprised his impression of...

Play of the Day: That Eagle Thought Trump's Hair Was a Nest

December 11, 2015 The United States Navy is getting criticism from some after the service named a littoral combat ship after Andrew Jackson. Conan O'Brien has a solution for the controversy: instead of naming the USS Jackson after the slave owner and architect of the Trail of Tears, the Navy should say the...

Play of the Day: Trump Versus Eagle

December 10, 2015 Time magazine unveiled its Person of the Year cover this week, putting Germany's Angela Merkel on its cover. This angered runner-up Donald Trump who tweeted that Time "picked person who is ruining Germany." Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the award and Trump Tuesday night, comparing the...

Play of the Day: The Backlash Against Trump's Latest Plan

December 9, 2015 After Donald Trump released a plan Monday to ban Muslims from coming into the United States, many prominent Republicans spoke out against the candidate. Dick Cheney was among the Republicans repudiating Trump, causing both Late Night's Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke about the former vice...

Play of the Day: The President's Speech Was Not Exactly Uplifting

December 8, 2015 Donald Trump unveiled an outrageous plan to restrict Muslims from coming into the United States Monday, causing late-night TV to joke again about the candidate. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that plenty of people would leave if Trump became president and trampling the Muslims trying to get in, while Conan...

Play of the Day: Obama's Aiming a Little High

December 7, 2015 A bust was unveiled last week of former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Senate. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the occasion Friday, mocking Cheney's famed aloofness. President Barack Obama spoke about the shootings in San Bernardino late last week, calling terrorism an "existential threat" to the United...

Play of the Day: Breaking Down The Likability of Ted Cruz

December 4, 2015 The 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks' famous bus ride was this week and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton marked the occasion by modifying her campaign logo to put Parks in it. Unfortunately, as The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore pointed out, Clinton put Parks in the back of the logo. The...

Play of the Day: The Government Studies Old People Dating

December 3, 2015 A recent New York Times headline said Republican leaders are "paralyzed" by Donald Trump's emergence as the top GOP 2016 contender. Conan O'Brien joked about this and Trump's recent history with people with disabilities. On Monday, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., released his "Federal Fumbles" report on what he considers wasteful...