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Ross Gianfortune

Senior Web Producer Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production 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 Politics of Defense Contracting

May 1, 2013 Despite the dedication of his library last week, Jay Leno looked back again at George W. Bush for jokes in his monologue. In mocking the former president’s governing style, saying Bush’s “secretly smart” intellect was the only secret that wasn’t leaked. Jimmy Fallon also looked back, taking Mitt Romney to ...

Play of the Day: Congress Resolves One Aspect of the Sequester

April 30, 2013 Opening to the public Thursday, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was still fresh in the mind of late-night comedians Monday evening. David Letterman did a piece evocative of Ricky Gervais’ awkward comedy classic Office series, as the Late Show host spoke to a silent, confused loop video ...

Video: The Funniest Jokes from the White House Correspondents' Dinner

April 29, 2013 As an annual event since 1924, The White House Correspondents' Dinner gives the sitting president a chance to show a sense of humor. Barack Obama’s entered his fifth dinner to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win” and took it from there. “How do you like my new entrance music? ...

Play of the Day: Bush and the New $100 Bill

April 29, 2013 Friday was the day after the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Museum and late-night television was still on the topic. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno continued jokes about the former president’s intelligence level, as did Late Show’s David Letterman. Bill Maher relived the early 2000s, as well, ...

Play of the Day: Bush is Back, Let’s Party Like It’s 2006!

April 26, 2013 George W. Bush’s presidency was full of controversy, with fluctuating approval ratings, natural disasters and two wars. But, because of Bush’s frequent verbal gaffes, late-night comedians found him to be fertile ground for jokes. With the Thursday dedication of his presidential library, hosts were able to recycle jokes from the ...

Play of the Day: Looking Back at Bush, Looking Forward to Mars

April 25, 2013 With the Thursday dedication of The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, late-night hosts have been dusting off jokes from the previous decade. David Letterman spent most of his monologue on Bush, showing the audience a highlight reel of physical Bush gags. He also examined recent polling that suggests ...

Play of the Day: The Sequester Hits Air Travel

April 24, 2013 During his presidency, George W. Bush was a very popular topic for late-night hosts due to his verbal mishaps and gaffes. So, it’s no wonder Late Show’s David Letterman was quick to jump back to Bush jokes with the news of his presidential library opening soon. On NBC, Late Night’s ...

Play of the Day: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and... Think Tank?

April 23, 2013 After a whirlwind weekend, late-night shows mostly stayed away from the biggest news story of the last week. On Comedy Central, Daily Show host Jon Stewart spent most of his show on the continuing news of the Boston Marathon bombing, including taking a look at the inevitable political opportunism in ...

Play of the Day: A Very Politicized Look at Guns

April 19, 2013 With a high-profile gun control amendment failing in the Senate this week, the Comedy Central late-night show hosts jumped on the story with a passion. On The Daily Show, 2/3 of the show was dedicated to the topic, including a passionate first segment with fewer-than-normal gags. On The Colbert Report, ...

Play of the Day: Obama the Travel Planner

April 18, 2013 Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue usually touches on celebrity culture more than political and government news, but the two converged recently when rapper -- and friend of President Barack Obama -- Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce planned their anniversary trip to Cuba. Being that there’s a travel restriction on the Caribbean state, ...