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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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Video: Obama Reads Mean Tweets on Kimmel

March 13, 2015 Barack Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, joining the ABC late-night host for three segments. Obama spoke to Kimmel about Ferguson, his daily life as president and various issues Kimmel wants Obama to resolve (long CVS receipts, Daylight Savings Time, etc.). Obama also presented one of Kimmel’s most popular...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Needs to Think About Her Number of Devices

March 12, 2015 As winter turns to spring in the United States, climate change came back into the news this week with the revelation that Florida officials banned the term from office use. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noticed a parallel Wednesday to America's mayor's use of language and pointed out the similarity....

Play of the Day: You Must Send This Letter To Five Other Rogue States in the Next 24 Hours

March 11, 2015 Even after a press conference Tuesday, Hillary Clinton's email scandal will not go away. The Late Show's David Letterman, at least, is happy that there's a Clinton scandal that's safe for work and also showed a new way current State Department chief John Kerry is communicating. Also on Tuesday night,...

Play of the Day: The President Samples Jay-Z in his Selma Speech

March 10, 2015 Hillary Clinton's email scandal continues to dot late-night television. The Late Show's David Letterman doesn't understand the scandal, but his staff did get access to video of Clinton's office in the process of gathering the 55,000 emails Clinton said she would hand over to the State Department. Also commemorated over...

Play of the Day: An Email Scandal Will Not Stop Hillary Clinton

March 9, 2015 The weekly late-night televisions shows got around to Hillary Clinton's email scandal over the weekend. Saturday Night Live's cold open featured Kate McKinnon as a power-crazed Clinton who will "rise again like a phoenix…" if she decided to run. Real Time's Bill Maher was surprised that Democrats could get a...

Photos: Federal Animals Frolic Thursday in the Snow

March 6, 2015 The Washington region received a blanket of snow Thursday, closing schools and the federal government. While most feds got the day off, some of the wilder federal charges spent the day playing in the snow at Smithsonian's National Zoo in DC. The National Zoo is one the federal institutions that...

Play of the Day: Looking at Statistics from the Ferguson Report

March 6, 2015 Hillary Clinton's email has been a huge news story this week and Sen. John McCain even got in on the conversation, saying he doesn't use the common communication medium. Late Night's Seth Meyers examined his explanation and argued that McCain just has the wrong technology. Clinton herself spoke at an...

Play of the Day: The DEA Warns Against Stoner Bunnies

March 5, 2015 This week's news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not use State Department email while heading that agency was the focus of the first segment of The Daily Show Wednesday night. Host Jon Stewart asked the obvious question about NSA archives, while also highlighting State Department spokeswoman Marie...

Play of the Day: Don't Worry, The NSA Archived All of Hillary Clinton's Email

March 4, 2015 The big news Tuesday was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress. The Daily Show noted the White House's icy reception, though host Jon Stewart wondered if Joe Biden was absent out of fears he'd try to massage Netanyahu's wife Sara like he did Stephanie Carter. Late Night's Seth...

Play of the Day: Jim Inhofe Has a Secret Weapon to Disprove Global Warming

March 3, 2015 The Conservative Political Action Conference finished over the weekend, with a parade of Republican and conservative politicians giving speeches to the assembled crowds just outside Washington, D.C., causing late night comedians to mock them. Late Night's Seth Meyers highlighted Jeb Bush's claim to be a Washington outsider (despite his family...