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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: Nuke Kid on the Block

April 3, 2013 President Barack Obama played high school basketball, his brother-in-law Craig Robinson is the head basketball coach of the Oregon State Beavers and he is a self-professed and vocal Chicago Bulls fan. However, he’s also a very busy man who doesn’t play as often as he’d like, as evidenced by his ...

Play of the Day: Easter at the White House

April 2, 2013 Monday was holiday-centric on late-night television. Sunday marked Al Gore’s 65th birthday, which was noted by Jay Leno and David Letterman tied April Fool’s Day to Gore’s combatant in the 2000 election, former president George W. Bush. Easter was a huge point of humor, though, with the White House Easter ...

Play of the Day: Same-Sex Marriage and North Korea

March 29, 2013 With recent sabre-rattling from Kim Jong-Un, late-night hosts brought back everyone’s favorite joke constructiosn: the ones involving former basketball star and almost-diplomat Dennis Rodman. Both Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno mentioned the former NBA all-star in their monologue jokes about the hermit kingdom. Leno and Fallon also touched on topics ...

Play of the Day: The Many Views of Marriage

March 28, 2013 Marriage and relationships was a theme for comedians Wednesday evening. In a California speech this week, David Petraeus apologized for his extramarital affairs that ended his time as CIA Director and NBC late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno had jokes about his troubles. In Washington The Supreme Court listened ...

Play of the Day: The Effects of the Sequester

March 27, 2013 Congress is away from Washington, which gave late-night hosts the opportunity to poke fun at members of the legislative branch. Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon made fun of Congressional beach bodies while The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno noted the possibility of installing video conferencing technology for Congress members. In the executive ...

Play of the Day: A Passover Victory for Obama

March 26, 2013 The Comedy Central shows came back from vacation Monday and both looked to news each missed while away. The Colbert Report mostly commented on non-political stories, but Stephen Colbert did manage to get in a joke comparing the Congressional budget to jazz’s appeal. On The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart ...

Play of the Day: Obama’s Israel Trip

March 25, 2013 Real Time host Bill Maher spent a lot of his monologue on President Barack Obama’s trip to the Middle East. The famously non-religuous Maher took some easy shots at the Holy Land and the state of Florida on his show. On NBC, Jay Leno discovered a new survey about Congress, ...

Play of the Day: George W. Bush the Painter

March 22, 2013 CBS gave its late-night shows a two-day break for the NCAA basketball tournament and the cable late-night shows are on vacation, so NBC and ABC were the only networks running late-night comedy. On NBC, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno had exclusive video of the heckler yelling at President Barack Obama ...

Play of the Day: Everyone’s Got March Madness

March 21, 2013 The NCAA Basketball Tournament begins Thursday, so President Barack Obama filled out his bracket sheet this week before he went to Israel. Both of those topics were key points in late-night TV, with The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno highlighting the Israel trip and the lack of Vice President Joe Biden ...

Play of the Day: The Vatican, Cyprus and Washington

March 20, 2013 Jay Leno was up in arms Tuesday about all things economic. Touching on the Cypriot bailout, Serbian woman Bojana Danilovic’s rare brain condition and various government programs he has deemed wasteful, The Tonight Show host was adamant that the federal government is doing a bad joke managing its finances. Barack ...