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: The GOP is Tearing Itself Apart

March 8, 2016 The Democrats held a debate Sunday night in Flint, Michigan which gave Bernie Sanders opportunity, according to Full Frontal's Samantha Bee, to play his favorite game: Six Degrees of Corporation. Also at the debate, Hillary Clinton said she talks to God several times a day, which Conan O'Brien tied to...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Defends His Size

March 7, 2016 Hillary Clinton held a New York concert/fundraiser last week featuring singer Katy Perry. Saturday Night Live's Michael Che joked about the pop starlet's presence at the event, connecting the campaign to Clinton's famously lascivious husband. The GOP debate Thursday escalated some pretty gross talk that had been bubbling up between...

Play of the Day: Mitt Romney is Here to Save the GOP... Or Not

March 4, 2016 The Defense Department recently announced a program called "Hack the Pentagon" to find tech talent for the Obama administration. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted the contest and wondered if this was the best course of an action for an administration with cybersecurity problems. Mitt Romney spoke Thursday in Utah,...

DHS Dogs Demonstrate on Capitol Hill

March 3, 2016 The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee can hold contentious hearings some days. Today was not one of those days. Instead, the Senators got to talk about dogs. The committee held the Dogs of DHS: How Canine Programs Contribute to Homeland Security hearing Thursday with witnesses from the Transportation...

Play of the Day: What Should We Make of Chris Christie's Face?

March 3, 2016 With Super Tuesday results in, late-night television joked about the big gains Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made this week. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that a Clinton/Trump general election could either make history or end history, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon and The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton's Feline Ties to Terrorism

March 2, 2016 Late-night shows taped before Super Tuesday primary results were in, but that didn't stop hosts from joking about it. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the storms in some states voting, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah compared Donald Trump to General Zod. Hillary Clinton's 2003 book Living History is full...

Play of the Day: Fascists, White Supremacists and Donald Trump

March 1, 2016 Marco Rubio and Donald Trump have been trading insults on the campaign trail this week, with Rubio joking about the size of Trump's hands. As Conan O'Brien noted, this style of vulgar humor probably isn't what the founders had in mind. Trump also had an eventful few days after he...

Play of the Day: John Oliver Compares Donald Trump to So Many Things

February 29, 2016 Barack Obama spoke last week on his plans to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the term Gitmo and a popular song from the 1990s, while Last Week Tonight noted Obama's protracted attempts at closing it. Oliver's main segment Sunday night savagely...

Play of the Day: Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama on the Hardwood

February 26, 2016 NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is returning to Earth soon after spending a year in space. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Kelly's time at the International Space Station by joking how surprised Kelly will be when he finds out how little we're talking about him, while Conan O'Brien joked that...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Loves Poorly Educated Voters... And Maybe Pirates

February 25, 2016 Hillary Clinton spent some time fundraising in California recently, including taking a trip to the set of the ABC show Scandal. As Conan O'Brien noted Wednesday, that trip may have been a little too on the nose for the former Secretary of State. Donald Trump won the GOP Nevada caucus...

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