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 Candidates' Actual Weaknesses

October 30, 2015 Halloween is coming up and Late Night's Seth Meyers took Thursday's show to joke about it. He compared Donald Trump to a pumpkin, Paul Ryan to Eddie Munster and Bernie Sanders' to Back to the Future's Doc Brown. In the process, he also took shots at Jeb Bush's poor debate...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Resembles Both Mr. Met and the Golden Calf

October 29, 2015 Wednesday's Republican debate went against game two of the World Series, causing late-night comedians to joke about the coincidence in scheduling. Conan O'Brien noted the differences in the two events' thoughts on Central and South American immigrants, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted the similarities between Mr. Met and...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Latest Endorsement Packs a Punch

October 28, 2015 New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie is an easy mark for late-night comedians because of his weight and Tuesday night was no different. After news about a 100-year-old "English biscuit" from the Titanic sold for $23,000 recently, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon made a Christie joke about...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Celebrates a Birthday

October 27, 2015 Hillary Clinton turned 68 years old Monday, leading late-night comedians to note the occasion. Late Night's Seth Meyers referenced Clinton's political goals and her ability to outlast other candidates, while Conan O'Brien joked about her husband's sexual appetite. A few hosts were off last week, which meant they got to...

Play of the Day: Hillary Never Stops Trying to Sell Her Book

October 23, 2015 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has agreed to run for the Speaker of the House job John Boehner is going to vacate at the end of the month, so The Nightly Show looked at his remarks Thursday. Host Larry Wilmore joked about Ryan's remarks about a unified party and wondered if...

Play of the Day: Joe Biden Just Made Hillary Clinton Very Happy

October 22, 2015 Tuesday marked what many were calling "Back to the Future Day," marking the day to which the main character in 1989's Back to the Future II time traveled. The movie got a lot of things correct about Oct. 21, 2015 including biometric identification and wearable technology, but The Daily Show's...

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...

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