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: You Can Be Trump or Clinton for Halloween… Or Not

October 7, 2016 A photo of a reluctant-looking Ted Cruz making calls for Donald Trump went viral this week, causing The Daily Show's Trevor Noah reenacted Cruz's side of the conversation in one of those conversations, joking about Trump's primary attacks. Halloween is just a few weeks away and political costumes are always...

Play of the Day: Mike Pence's Fake Ancient Russian Proverbs

October 6, 2016 Many pundits agreed that Mike Pence bested Tim Kaine in Tuesday's vice presidential debate, largely because Kaine interrupted Pence over 70 times during the 90-minute event. Conan O'Brien joked that the debate technically qualified them as a married couple, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Kaine resembled Pence's...

Play of the Day: Tim Kaine's Got (Bad) Jokes

October 5, 2016 The vice presidential debate was held Tuesday night in Virginia and late-night shows went live to talk about it. Mike Pence and Tim Kaine remain unknown to a large percentage of voters going into the debate, so Late Night's Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Late Show's Stephen Colbert and...

Play of the Day: Trump's 1995 Tax Returns Are Illuminating

October 4, 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James endorsed Hillary Clinton this week in a piece for Business Insider. Late-night hosts joked about the endorsement, with Late Night's Seth Meyers joking about Clinton being out-of-touch, Conan O'Brien joking about James' free agent movement and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joking about James' championship...

Play of the Day: 'Trump' and 'Clinton' Debate on SNL

October 3, 2016 Saturday Night Live began its 42nd season over the weekend and covered the home stretch of the 2016 presidential race. On Weekend Update, Colin Jost compared the election to the Twitter joke about the iPhone/Galaxy Twitter conversation, while Michael Che -- and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon -- joked about...

Play of the Day: Libertarian Gary Johnson is Also Running for President

September 30, 2016 American Online founder Steve Case endorsed Hillary Clinton for president this week, saying that the former State Department chief would be good for innovation. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the endorsement Thursday night, saying that the last thing Clinton wants to hear is AOL's iconic sound. Gaffe-prone Libertarian nominee...

Play of the Day: Trump May Have a Miss Universe Problem

September 29, 2016 SpaceX chief Elon Musk unveiled a plan this week to send humans to Mars, in a potential effort to colonize the red planet. Late Night's Seth Meyers tied his plans to the 2016 election Wednesday night, saying Hillary Clinton might want to get in on the trip starting Nov. 9....

Play of the Day: The Clinton/Trump Debate Fallout

September 28, 2016 Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton over 50 times during the debate on Monday, reinforcing the conventional wisdom about the way Trump treats women. Conan O'Brien joked about the debate Tuesday night, saying 51 interruptions is a "quiet night" for Melania Trump. Tuesday morning, Trump touted his wins in post-debate flash...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Had a Great Time at the Debate

September 27, 2016 Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated each other Monday night for the first time and many late-night shows went live to joke about it. Late Show's Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah noted Trump's sniffling during the vent, joking that he may have been partying before the debate....

Play of the Day: Comparing Trump and Clinton Ahead of the First Debate

September 26, 2016 The first general election presidential debate will be held Monday night and late-night spent the weekend comparing the candidates. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld compared Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to common duos like Ferris and Jeannie Bueller, Bart and Lisa Simpson and, maybe most accurately, a lean meal of grilled...

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