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: James Comey's Letter Didn't Clear Up Anything

November 1, 2016 NASA's early warning intruder alert system spotted an asteroid that came close to hitting Earth this week. Considering this election cycle, Late Night's Seth Meyers joked "I think I speak for all of us when I say 'come back, asteroid!'" James Comey's letter to Congress last week about the FBI...

Play of the Day: More on Clinton Emails… And Anthony Weiner

October 31, 2016 Late last week, Facebook released new Halloween reaction buttons, including a laughing witch or a mad jack-o'-lantern. If you're sick of the election, as The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon pointed out Friday, you've seen a lot of a laughing witch and a mad jack-o'-lantern. With the news that the FBI...

Play of the Day: The New Obamacare Tiers Are Here

October 28, 2016 Donald Trump held a ribbon cutting ceremony this week at his Washington hotel amid some criticism. Trump defended his attendance at the event, telling George Stephanopoulos "I think I'm entitled to it." Late Show's Stephen colbert joked about the remark, saying the phrase is "the motto on the Trump family...

Play of the Day: Trump and Biden are About to Throw Hands Behind the Gym… Or the Barn

October 27, 2016 Hillary Clinton celebrated her 69th birthday Wednesday on the campaign trail. A photograph circulated on social media of a cake her staff brought her, prompting The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke about the famously prepared candidate "practicing her surprised face." Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Loves the Flag… Maybe Too Much

October 26, 2016 Recent reports show that health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act will rise this year up to 25%. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the problems with Obamacare on his show Tuesday night, saying "if you hate Obama, this is his fault. And if you like Obama, it's not his fault...

Play of the Day: Is Hillary Clinton a Baseball Bigamist?

October 25, 2016 Donald Trump campaigned at a Florida pumpkin patch this week, telling farmers that the election has been "rigged" against him. Conan O'Brien joked about the setting Monday night, saying the event had to be cut short because someone wanted to carve Trump's gourd-hued head. A photo of Park Ridge, Illinois-raised...

Video: President Obama Reads Mean Tweets on Kimmel, Again

October 25, 2016 During a visit to the West Coast, President Obama stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night. The president spent three segments with the late-night talk show host to discuss his marriage, the 2016 election and even Snapchat. Obama also participated in a "Mean Tweets" segment. In the JKL staple,...

Play of the Day: Some Failed Hillary Clinton Slogans

October 24, 2016 The weekly late-night shows got to the Wednesday debate over the weekend. In response to Donald Trump's claim that the election is rigged, The Greg Gutfeld Show's Katherine Timpf enumerated some things that are not fair while Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost knocked down Trump's claim that the media is...

Play of the Day: Trump Doesn't Care About Your Traditions

October 21, 2016 The final presidential debate provided some memorable moments, including Donald Trump saying "we've got some bad hombres" during the immigration portion of the debate. Jimmy Kimmel joked with his sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez about Trump's pronunciation of "hombre," while Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked that Trump sounds like he's running for...

Play of the Day: The Debate Was All About Puppets and Cliffhangers

October 20, 2016 The third and final presidential debate was held Wednesday night in Las Vegas and Hillary Clinton was dressed for the occasion. The Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked that Clinton looked like "Star Trek Deep Space Pope," while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about the fashion police. One of the...

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