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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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Play of the Day: All Pope, All the Time

September 24, 2015 Pope Francis is in the United States for six days this week and was greeted Tuesday by President Barack Obama. Late-night hosts joked about the pontiff's car choice (Fiat) and Obama's appearance at Andrews Air Force Base, with The Nightly Show photoshopping Obama at an airport with a sign reading...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton's Way With Words

September 22, 2015 Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson is in some hot water for saying that Islam is not consistent with the United States Constitution and he would not be comfortable with a Muslim president. Conan O'Brien tied the comments to Carson's profession, while The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked about it in...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Has His Own Bible

September 21, 2015 Presidential candidate Jeb Bush said last week that he'd put former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the $10 bill when treasury replaces Alexander Hamilton on the currency, but he has since amended his position to say it should be put to a popular vote. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon...

Play of the Day: Late-Night Gives Us More Debate Wrapup

September 18, 2015 Late-night TV hosts got to the the CNN Republican debate on their shows Thursday with hilarious results. Many hosts touched on Jeb Bush's admission that he smoked marijuana in high school, leading Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to make fun of the former governor. Other hosts tied...

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz Channels Ronald Reagan

September 17, 2015 The late-night television shows tape before Wednesday's debate ended, but that didn't mean hosts couldn't joke about the debate Wednesday night. Conan O'Brien compared the gender breakdown to an episode of the Bachelorette, while The Late Show's Stephen Colbert looked at the debate's location. In talking about Ronald Reagan, Colbert...

Play of the Day: Trump Appeals to Religious Voters

September 16, 2015 According to a new poll, neurosurgeon Ben Carson is closing the gap on Donald Trump for the 2016 GOP nomination. Carson's move in the polls prompted late-night comedians to joke about the Trump/Carson relationship, specifically touching on Carson's history as a brain surgeon and Trump's gaffe-filled campaign. Despite a lack...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Learned a Lot In School

September 15, 2015 NBC announced this week that Arnold Schwarzenegger will replace Donald Trump as the host of Celebrity Apprentice after Trump's controversial comments about immigration. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the change, joking that Schwarzenegger's particularly insulting to Trump as he's an immigrant with an "anchor baby." Trump attended New York Military...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Wants to Do What With His Daughter?

September 14, 2015 Social media was abuzz late last week after The New York Times wrote about Hillary Clinton's very unspontaneous plans for more spontaneity in her campaign. The Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about Clinton's plans as he tested out new jokes for Clinton and mocked her ongoing email troubles. Many are...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Hat is the Real Star

September 11, 2015 Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called this week for Americans to utilizing more walking in their fitness routines. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon laughed at the low bar Murthy has set, but figured out why exactly he wants so much walking: The American top doctor is actually a dog. In addition...

Play of the Day: Sarah Palin Speaks American

September 10, 2015 Candidate merchandise shops can be a good revenue stream for presidential runs, but they often include silly items. The Late Show's Stephen Colbert looked at a few of these items for sale Wednesday night, joking about Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton and Thomas Jefferson along the way. Last week, Donald Trump...