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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: The Oregon Occupiers Need More Supplies

January 13, 2016 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently said it is looking to take manatees off the endangered species list, with one agency official saying the manatee's "recovery is incredibly encouraging." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about this development, saying the manatee is starting to live dangerously. As the occupation of...

Play of the Day: Obama Prepares for His Final State of the Union Address

January 12, 2016 Mexican 'Grand Warlock' Antonio Vazquez last week did a tarot card reading and proclaimed that Donald Trump will not be the GOP nominee in this year's American election. The Late Show's Stephen Colbert did an entire segment on the prediction, even joking that no one in Mexico would have any...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush is a 'Joyful Tortoise'

January 11, 2016 Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton said she wanted to "get to the bottom" of any possible extraterrestrial visits to the United States. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about this development Friday, comparing those statements to ones found in her famous emails. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush continues to falter...

Play of the Day: Trump, Cruz and Canada

January 8, 2016 The federal government put out its guidelines for nutrition this week, suggesting Americans eat healthier. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the announcement and the state of American eating, saying the FDA and USDA could have suggested Americans stop eating things with the word "triple" in it. With GOP rival...

Play of the Day: North Korea's Hydrogen Bomb Test Is Confusing

January 7, 2016 The group calling itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom remains ensconced at the federal Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building, so Late Night's Seth Meyers devoted his "A Closer Look" segment to the group and some of its idiosyncrasies. In a bizarre segment that aired on MSNBC, group member Lavoy Finicum hid...

Play of the Day: Some Malheur Solutions

January 6, 2016 Hillary Clinton told a crowd in New Hampshire recently that she would, as president, "get to the bottom" of any government information around UFOs and alien life. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about this Tuesday, saying Clinton's husband would be the first to volunteer for probing. As the standoff...

Play of the Day: New Year, Same Trump

January 5, 2016 Late-night television came back Monday after a holiday break to catch up on stories the shows missed over the last two weeks. Late Show's Stephen Colbert looked at Jeb Bush's campaign punctuation and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about Ben Carson's campaign shakeup, suggesting Carson's former communications director wasn't...

The 10 Best Government Instagram Accounts of 2015

December 24, 2015 As they have with other social media channels, federal agencies increasingly are embracing Instagram as a way to get their messages out. It's a smart and relatively easy way to build goodwill with the public and spread the word about what agencies actually do. If you like the great outdoors,...

Play of the Day: 2008 Hillary Meets 2016 Hillary

December 21, 2015 Earlier this month, NASA put out a job ad on USAjobs.gov for astronauts to work on a potential manned Mars mission. Late Show's Stephen Colbert tackled this topic Friday night, saying he could be on the mission … as long as it launches before President Donald Trump takes office. Saturday...

Play of the Day: Alternatives for Vlad Putin's 'Gunslinger' Walk

December 18, 2015 With the omnibus bill on track to pass soon, late-night Tv joked about some of the aspects of the bill Thursday night. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about tax breaks in the bill for NASCAR tracks and Late Night's Seth Meyers referenced the lift of a ban on sledding...