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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 Says He Could Shoot Someone and Not Lose Supporters

January 26, 2016 Washington-area federal agencies have been closed to start this week thanks to difficult commutes for feds in the region. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the differences between "essential" and "non-essential" federal workers in light of the snowstorm. Donald Trump made headlines this week by saying "I could stand in the middle...

Play of the Day: Trump May Be Having Doubts About the Palin Endorsement

January 25, 2016 Last week, a researcher unearthed a song written by folk singer Woody Guthrie about his bad landlord: The only and only Fred Trump. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Fred's son Donald by referencing one of Guthrie's most famous songs. Saturday Night Live opened its show over the weekend...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush Has Some Words for Donald Trump

January 22, 2016 After her endorsement of Donald Trump this week, Sarah Palin missed a Trump event at which she was scheduled to appear. Conan O'Brien joked about Palin's speaking ability, saying Palin missed the event because she was "fresh out of nonsense." Jeb Bush's repeated gaffes, low poll numbers and sad moments...

Play of the Day: More on Sarah Palin's Endorsement

January 21, 2016 Jeb Bush's candidacy for the GOP nomination has not caught fire so far and he recently was in the news for mispronouncing Barack Obama's older daughter's name. NBC's Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers joked about the flub Wednesday, bringing up both Bush's older brother and the general malaise around his...

Malheur Feds Post an Open Letter to Occupiers

January 20, 2016 In an open letter posted to Facebook Wednesday morning, federal employees at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge urged the militia group occupying their workplace to move on, but said they did not wish to "inflame an already heated situation." Calling the group "illegal occupiers" and "militants," the message emphasized the...

Play of the Day: Sarah Palin Endorses Trump, Also Invents a Word

January 20, 2016 In an attempt to court evangelical voters, Donald Trump spoke at Liberty University Monday and spoke highly of Christian dogma. Unfortunately, Trump's words fell hollow to many late-night hosts. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked that Trump and a bible don't exactly mix, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked...

Play of the Day: Martin O'Malley Just Wants Someone to Pay Attention to Him

January 19, 2016 Sunday's Democratic debate was the topic for Monday's late-night talk shows. Bernie Sanders was the butt of some jokes, with The Daily Show's Trevor Noah saying he looks like someone who stores his money in Cheerios boxes, while Jimmy Kimmel noted that the debate was a win for the 74-year-old...

Play of the Day: Michael Bloomberg Could Upend the Presidential Race

January 18, 2016 Thursday's Republican debate showcased a clash between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, which some saying Cruz came out on top. Cruz has a reputation from college of having quite an effective set of debate skills, which The Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about Friday. Michael Bloomberg is reportedly privately polling...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton is Not Connecting With Young Voters

January 15, 2016 The Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning and Jimmy Kimmel noted the irony that the acting category is whiter than the Republican presidential race. Late Night's Seth Meyers also joked connected the nominations to the GOP race by matching nominated films with the candidates. On the Democratic side, Bernie...

Play of the Day: Diamond Joe is Here to Cure Cancer

January 14, 2016 Hillary Clinton has been losing ground to Bernie Sanders in many recent polls. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the Democratic frontrunner's personality, implying she made a supernatural deal to become president. Late-night shows joked a lot about Barack Obama's final State of the Union address Wednesday night. Conan...