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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: Edward Snowden’s To-Do List In The Moscow Airport

July 9, 2013 With many late-night shows coming back from an Independence Day break, politics were on hosts’ minds. The early news on a possible Hillary Clinton run for president was ripe for commentary by Conan O’Brien, while The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno used the holiday to reference the United States’ growing national ...

Play of the Day: The Immigration Bill Keeps Everyone Happy

July 1, 2013 Bill Maher’s weekly show Real Time did not have a chance to digest the huge week for the Supreme Court, so Friday was the show’s day to recap the news. Maher mentioned the famous West Hollywood neighborhood in referencing the decisions on gay rights and noted current newsmakers Paula Deen ...

Play of the Day: The Supreme Court and Immigration

June 28, 2013 The Supreme Court’s decisions on marriage rights this week continued to be a main source of humor on late-night television Thursday. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno got into the machinations of the defense of DOMA, while Jimmy Kimmel wondered what the founding fathers would think about gay marriage. With the ...

Play of the Day: What is the Sexuality of the Constitution?

June 27, 2013 With the news of the Supreme Court dismissing California's Proposition 8 appeal and the Defense of Marriage Act being struck down by the court, late-night comedians featured the decisions. Specifically, the Bill Clinton-era law’s 1996 passage gave late-night hosts opportunity to make fun of the former president. Conan O’Brien had ...

Play of the Day: Global Warming and Edward Snowden

June 26, 2013 In Barack Obama’s Tuesday speech on climate change, the president told Congress that he will act without them to combat rising temperatures. David Letterman watched the speech and was reminded of previous presidents speaking about the environment. This gave the Late Show host an opportunity to show a silly clip ...

Play of the Day: Where in the World is Edward Snowdiego?

June 25, 2013 After recent news that the federal government is going to charge Edward Snowden with espionage, the NSA leaker’s location is unknown. Stephen Colbert called Snowden “drone-bait” and remembered an old computer game/television show for a nice graphic and some jokes about computer nerds. On TBS, Conan O’Brien noted the irony ...

Play of the Day: An Adorable Metaphor for Border Control

June 24, 2013 With the news that hacking can come in the form of taking over electrical health devices, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno put a spotlight on the capability by showing a video clip of one of the United States’ more famous pacemaker users and Barack Obama controlling his heart rate. Obama’s ...

Play of the Day: How Effective is the NSA Spying Program?

June 21, 2013 The NSA surveillance program continues to be a popular topic on late-night television. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno wondered in his monologue if the program really works if it can’t clear up the details of the Miley Cyrus/Liam Hemsworth romance. The Late Show’s David Letterman put up the recent viral ...

Play of the Day: ‘Ich Bin Ein Kenyan’

June 20, 2013 NASA’s program to crowdsource solutions to find dangerous asteroids was released this week and Jimmy Fallon took note. The Late Night host noted that the prize would be human survival on Earth and also compared the previous plan to an arcade game. President Barack Obama’s falling approval rating was a ...

Play of the Day: The Behemoth Immigration Bill

June 19, 2013 The National Security Agency’s surveillance program continues to be a topic on late-night television, with Ralph Nader’s recent criticism of Barack Obama over the program making The Tonight Show monologue. Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon noted Obama’s comments about his relationship to the previous administration and Late Show’s David Letterman wondered ...