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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: High Level Diplomacy isn't Always Glamorous

August 17, 2015 A recent analysis of 2016 GOP hopeful Donald Trump's vocabulary in speeches found that the candidate speaks at a third-grade level. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Trump's vocabulary by mentioning his favorite and least-favorite words Friday. The United States raised its flag over the American embassy in Havana...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Sings!

August 14, 2015 Jeb Bush this week spoke about the Iraq War and the American military's role after the war. In one speech, he warned that "Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger." In a segment eviscerating Bush, The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore took that phrasing...

Play of the Day: Bernie Sanders Has Some New Slogans

August 13, 2015 In speeches recently, GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has talked more about more American engagement to Iraq. Because of his family's history, this was late-night fodder for Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers, who joked about Jeb's brother's and father's experiences there. In new polls released this week, Bernie...

Play of the Day: Trump and Clinton Are Not Concerned… Or Are They?

August 12, 2015 After acrimony over debate questions and controversial post-debate responses, Donald Trump and Fox News brass have made up, according to reports. Late Night's Seth Meyers mocked the detente by joking about both parties' tenuous grasp on reality. Bernie Sanders held a rally recently in California that drew over 25,000 supporters,...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Talks About Women

August 11, 2015 Kim Kardashian took a selfie with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton this week. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the meeting of the two, mostly suggesting each is out of touch with the other's constituency. Speaking of reality TV stars, Donald Trump's feuds continue to dominate late-night TV. Meyers joked about...

Play of the Day: Megyn Kelly Cut Deep at the Debate

August 10, 2015 Among the notable items of campaign clothing 2016 GOP hopeful Jeb Bush is selling is a t-shirt that reads "My dad is the greatest man I've ever known and if you don't think so, we can step outside," referring to Bush's father. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about another...

Play of the Day: Casting the 2016 GOP Field

August 7, 2015 George W. Bush showed up for jury duty this week at George Allen Courts Building in Dallas, even posing with others in the jury pool. This prompted Late Night's Seth Meyers to point out one other thing Bush couldn't get out of: Iraq. While the GOP debate took place Thursday,...

Play of the Day: Time to Get Ready for the GOP Debate

August 6, 2015 Gawker Media blog Jezebel asked a New York hairstylist this week to estimate the cost of Republican candidates for president's haircuts, with Jeb Bush's haircut topping the list at $125. Late Night's Seth Meyers then took a look at Bernie Sanders' haircut to estimate its value (in volts, of course)....

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Was Born the Normal Way… Just Like You

August 5, 2015 President Barack Obama turned 54 Tuesday and late-night hosts sent their congratulations. In particular, Late Night's Seth Meyers enumerated the ways Obama would be celebrating, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted how old the president looks. According to a new poll, Hillary Clinton is losing ground in the polls...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Keeps Talking and Talking

August 4, 2015 Thursday marks the first GOP debate of the 2016 and Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican polling, despite his outrageous comments. This week, he had to fire a campaign adviser because he called Barack Obama a "Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser" on his Facebook page. The Tonight Show's...