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: 'Please Clap' for Jeb Bush

February 5, 2016 Marco Rubio's campaign is trying a new method to connect with young voters: Millennial slang on campaign merchandise. His new offering is a blue shirt adorned with a photo of the candidate and "Ru(bae)o" printed beneath. Conan O'Brien joked about the shirt Thursday, saying it's such a desperate attempt to...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson Isn't Dropping Out. He Just Needed Fresh Clothes

February 4, 2016 After losing Iowa to Ted Cruz, Donald Trump went on a strange Twitter run Wednesday, including a tweet accusing Cruz of illegally stealing the caucus. Conan O'Brien joked about the tweet Wednesday, saying Trump knows elections are to be won, not stolen, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah suggested that...

Play of the Day: Money Finally Gets Its Revenge on Bernie Sanders

February 3, 2016 Late-night television got to the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night and hit one of the big takeaways: Donald Trump can be gracious in defeat. Late Show's Stephen Colbert wondered if that version of Trump was a pod person, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah compared the speech to a dirty movie...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush's Evolving Brand

February 2, 2016 The Iowa caucuses were Monday night, but late-night TV shows were taped before the returns came in. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the winners being crowded "president of Iowa" while Jimmy Kimmel explained how the caucuses work. Kimmel also joked about the one thing he would know about the...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump and the Seven Deadly Sins

January 29, 2016 The Justice Department is cracking down on military equipment being used in local police operations, with the New York Times reporting that the agency is asking local departments to "give back an array of federal surplus military equipment by April 1." The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked about the move...

Play of the Day: The Megyn Kelly/Donald Trump Feud Heats Up

January 28, 2016 Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders met with President Barack Obama at the White House for a private meeting Wednesday. Though, as Late Night's Seth Meyers noted, Sanders' volume makes a private meeting very difficult. Donald Trump announced this week that he will not attend Fox News' debate Thursday night...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Poetry

January 27, 2016 At CNN's Democratic town hall Monday, moderator Chris Cuomo brought up Bernie Sanders' success at basketball as a young man. Jimmy Kimmel used this as an opportunity to joke about Sanders' age Tuesday night, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah put it all in the context of the time. Hillary...

Play of the Day: Trump Says He Could Shoot Someone and Not Lose Supporters

January 26, 2016 Washington-area federal agencies have been closed to start this week thanks to difficult commutes for feds in the region. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the differences between "essential" and "non-essential" federal workers in light of the snowstorm. Donald Trump made headlines this week by saying "I could stand in the middle...

Play of the Day: Trump May Be Having Doubts About the Palin Endorsement

January 25, 2016 Last week, a researcher unearthed a song written by folk singer Woody Guthrie about his bad landlord: The only and only Fred Trump. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Fred's son Donald by referencing one of Guthrie's most famous songs. Saturday Night Live opened its show over the weekend...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush Has Some Words for Donald Trump

January 22, 2016 After her endorsement of Donald Trump this week, Sarah Palin missed a Trump event at which she was scheduled to appear. Conan O'Brien joked about Palin's speaking ability, saying Palin missed the event because she was "fresh out of nonsense." Jeb Bush's repeated gaffes, low poll numbers and sad moments...

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