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: Obama Knocks Down Trump's Nuke Talk

April 4, 2016 Hillary Clinton held an event at Harlem's Apollo theater recently, raising money for her 2016 campaign. Saturday Night Live's Michael Che joked over the weekend about Clinton's presence there by citing one of the most famous comedy albums recorded at the historic venue (and the famous phrase it spawned). Donald...

Play of the Day: Obama's Senioritis

April 1, 2016 Donald Trump supporter Ben Carson went to CNN this week to defend Trump's controversial comments on abortion. Carson claimed Trump wasn't "warned" that he was going to be asked the question, but Late Night's Seth Meyers noted that being president means not a lot of warnings. It's not like ISIS...

Play of the Day: Trump as a 5-Year-Old

March 31, 2016 At the CNN town hall this week, a woman asked John Kasich if he would consider a female running mate if he became the nominee. Kasich replied "Are you available? You look great tonight" to laughter in the auditorium. To be fair, as Late Night's Seth Meyers said, that's pretty...

Play of the Day: The 2016 GOP Campaign's Effect Worldwide

March 30, 2016 A Donald Trump campaign staffer was charged Tuesday with battery after he was caught on video forcefully shoving down a female reporter last month. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted that this will certainly not hurt Trump's poll numbers while Conan O'Brien joked that Trump only verbally assaults women. John Kerry...

Play of the Day: Bernie Sanders and His Bird

March 29, 2016 Ivanka Trump gave birth over the weekend to her third child and named the boy Theodore James. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Donald Trump's relationship to his newest grandchild, since he's yet to learn English. Jimmy Kimmel joked about his name, noting that Theodore -- commonly nicknamed "Ted"...

The Oregon Occupiers Left Behind Quite a Mess

March 25, 2016 The total bill is still being determined for the six-week occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. But based on photos the Fish and Wildlife Service released of the mess the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom group left behind, the cleanup portion alone could be significant. USFWS published photographs on its...

Play of the Day: Apple and the FBI Trade Barbs

March 25, 2016 Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have been in a feud that started this week over a nude photo of Trump's wife Melania. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon explained that Trump is angry because it's the first time he's seen his wife nude in many years. The privacy battle between Apple...

Play of the Day: Trump and Cruz Involve Each Other's Wives in the Campaign

March 24, 2016 Donald Trump won Arizona's GOP primary this week, continuing his march toward the Republican nomination. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Trump's hair and the western climate, while Jimmy Fallon joked about Trump's policies and the Grand Canyon. A new anti-Trump ad featuring an old nude modeling photo of...

Play of the Day: More From Obama's Havana Trip

March 23, 2016 Sarah Palin has signed on to star in pilot for a Judge Judy-type show to be filmed soon. Conan O'Brien noted that such shows featured deadbeat dads, drunks and barroom brawlers, as they all exist in her own family. Barack Obama visited Havana this week as part of the normalization...

Play of the Day: Obama's Awkward Moment in Cuba

March 22, 2016 A recent study found that Donald Trump's speeches this election cycle use grammar around that of a fifth grade student. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked abouts Trump's adverb use, while Conan O'Brien said fifth grade is two higher than his supporters. Barack Obama landed in Cuba Sunday on an historic...

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