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Ross Gianfortune

Senior Web Producer Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production 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: A Major American City Goes Bankrupt

July 23, 2013 As Michigan’s largest city and center of the American auto industry, Detroit was a major economic center for years. However, the city’s downward trajectory continues as Detroit became the largest American city to file for Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy this week. The Tonight Show, host Jay Leno compared Detroit’s troubles ...

Play of the Day: Obama Talks Race

July 22, 2013 In the wake of the verdict in the trial regarding the death of Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama spoke about race Friday after Jay Carney’s press briefing. Real Time host Bill Maher touched on this subject, mentioning that Obama’s words would resonate in certain places, but probably not in Florida. ...

Play of the Day: Where Will Snowden Find Asylum?

July 19, 2013 According to a report, alleged Sept. 11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has been spending his years in detention at Guantánamo Bay by designing a vacuum cleaner. The Late Show’s David Letterman joked about this fact, including giving the cleaner a new slogan: “It has declared jihad on dirt.” In other ...

Play of the Day: It’s So Hot In D.C...

July 18, 2013 Liz Cheney candidate’s father was an important national political figure in the previous decade, so her announcement that she’s running for one of Wyoming’s Senate seats in 2014 was noted by late-night hosts Wednesday night. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno joked about her relative conservatism to her father, while Conan ...

Play of the Day: The Senate Avoids the Nuclear Option

July 17, 2013 Former president George H.W. Bush visited current president Barack Obama at the White House earlier this week to receive an award. Bush presented Obama with a gift and Conan O’Brien took note, saying it was the best gift Republicans gave Obama since Mitt Romney. On NBC, Jay Leno mentioned Edward ...

Play of the Day: Snowden’s New Job at Terminal C

July 16, 2013 The Daily Show and Colbert Report both came back from two-week hiatus Monday night to comment on the news. Stephen Colbert looked at the controversy surrounding the Asiana Air crash last week, focusing on the NTSB “official” that confirmed the racist names a San Francisco TV station showed. The Daily ...

Play of the Day: The Congressional Body Issue

July 15, 2013 Real Time host Bill Maher’s weekly show finally got to some of last week’s big news Friday. With Edward Snowden hosting a press conference, Maher joked again about Snowden’s time in the Moscow airport and his possible asylum in Russia. Maher also touched on the popular topic of the United ...

Play of the Day: The Biebs Apologizes to Slick Willy

July 12, 2013 After a video was released of him urinating in a mop bucket, defacing a photo of Bill Clinton and then screaming an obscenity about the former president, Justin Bieber is doing some damage control. The Canadian pop star called Clinton Thursday and apologized, then tweeted about it. Needless to say, ...

Play of the Day: Cloudy With a Chance of Pantsuits

July 11, 2013 According to a UN report, the United States is no longer the most overweight nation in the world, dropping to second behind Mexico. Both The Late Show’s David Letterman and The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno tied the news to immigration policy. Leno suggested dual citizenship for parts of Mexican bodies, ...

Play of the Day: Either Americans are Slimming Down or Mexicans are Getting Fatter

July 10, 2013 A recently leaked report from Pakistan revealed that the al Qaeda leader was stopped for a traffic violation and wore a cowboy hat to evade satellite imagery. The Late Show’s David Letterman jumped on some of these revelations, even showing alleged dashboard camera footage of the traffic stop. Conan O’Brien ...