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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: Like its New Leader, Canada's Deficit Plans Are Adorable

October 21, 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama hosted Vine stars at the White House this week, even taking a video selfie to prove it. Conan O'Brien joked about the meeting Tuesday, noting the length of Vines. Canada held an election this week with the Liberal Party winning the majority of seats and setting...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Giving Jeb Bush Nightmares

October 20, 2015 During last week's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton listed several enemies she's made during her time in public life. This made The Daily Show's Trevor Noah question exactly why the former State Department chief is running, since no one seems to like her. Over on the Republican side, two of the...

Play of the Day: Saturday Night Live Lampoons the Democratic Debate

October 19, 2015 Lincoln Chafee's best moment at last week's Democratic debate was when he claimed he was scandal-free in over thirty years of public service. It turns out, a few news organizations unearthed a minor scandal for Chafee, as he used taxpayer money to buy pet frogs for his office while mayor...

Play of the Day: Lincoln Chafee Has Trouble With Interviews, Too

October 16, 2015 The scandal-plagued online daily fantasy industry was dealt another blow this week when the FBI announced it wil be investigating the sites. The Daily show's Trevor Noah thinks he knows how the FBI came to this place: An agent was caught checking his team on his FBI computer and his...

Play of the Day: Lincoln Chafee Just Wants You to Cut Him Some Slack

October 15, 2015 The first Democratic debate of the 2016 election cycle was Tuesday night, with late-night shows analyzed it Wednesday. The big moment of Bernie Sanders defending hillary Clinton was fodder for Late Show's Stephen Colbert and Late Night's Seth Meyers as they both joked about Sanders' age. The real star of...

Play of the Day: Stop Trying to Convince Paul Ryan to be Speaker

October 14, 2015 The first Democratic debate of the 2016 primary cycle was held in Las Vegas Tuesday night and, while the shows tape before the event happened, late-night hosts joked about the proceedings. Jimmy Kimmel, Late Night's Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon all joked about CNN's famed empty podium...

Play of the Day: Getting Ready for the Democratic Debate

October 13, 2015 Mexico beat the United States in a soccer match over the weekend and Trevor Noah mentioned it Monday night on The Daily Show. While the U.S. team lost, Noah suggested the famed soccer wall would've been more effective has Donald Trump been in charge of the team. CNN and Facebook...

Play of the Day: Does Anyone Want to be Speaker?

October 12, 2015 Many have noticed that the terrorist group ISIS uses almost exclusively Toyota trucks in the group's activities. Last week, reports surfaced that the Treasury Department is looking the group's automotive brand loyalty. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Toyotas compared to BMWs, while Last Week Tonight joked about ISIS'...

Play of the Day: The House Speaker Race Is Very Confusing

October 9, 2015 Ben Carson continued to talk about gun violence this week, recounting a story of his witnessing an armed robbery at a Popeye's. The Daily Show joked about Carson's gun talk Thursday, while Late Night's Seth Meyers knows Carson lost at least one voter. Meyers also spent a segment looking at...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson Wants to Arm Kindergarten Teachers

October 8, 2015 A new study shows 2016 GOP candidate Donald Trump's fans on Facebook have the worst grammar of all the candidates. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon suggested Wednesday night that this makes sense considering Trump's campaign is just a run-on sentence. Ben Carson is facing crticism for comments he made recently...