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: Hillary Clinton's Feline Ties to Terrorism

March 2, 2016 Late-night shows taped before Super Tuesday primary results were in, but that didn't stop hosts from joking about it. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the storms in some states voting, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah compared Donald Trump to General Zod. Hillary Clinton's 2003 book Living History is full...

Play of the Day: Fascists, White Supremacists and Donald Trump

March 1, 2016 Marco Rubio and Donald Trump have been trading insults on the campaign trail this week, with Rubio joking about the size of Trump's hands. As Conan O'Brien noted, this style of vulgar humor probably isn't what the founders had in mind. Trump also had an eventful few days after he...

Play of the Day: John Oliver Compares Donald Trump to So Many Things

February 29, 2016 Barack Obama spoke last week on his plans to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the term Gitmo and a popular song from the 1990s, while Last Week Tonight noted Obama's protracted attempts at closing it. Oliver's main segment Sunday night savagely...

Play of the Day: Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama on the Hardwood

February 26, 2016 NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is returning to Earth soon after spending a year in space. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Kelly's time at the International Space Station by joking how surprised Kelly will be when he finds out how little we're talking about him, while Conan O'Brien joked that...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Loves Poorly Educated Voters... And Maybe Pirates

February 25, 2016 Hillary Clinton spent some time fundraising in California recently, including taking a trip to the set of the ABC show Scandal. As Conan O'Brien noted Wednesday, that trip may have been a little too on the nose for the former Secretary of State. Donald Trump won the GOP Nevada caucus...

Play of the Day: Adventures With Ted Cruz

February 24, 2016 The Nevada GOP caucus was held Tuesday with Donald Trump emerging as the winner. While late-night television shows tape before the caucus was held, hosts joked about Trump in Nevada. Late Show's Stephen Colbert compared him to Cirque du Soleil while Conan O'Brien noted Trump's past financial troubles. Ted Cruz...

Play of the Day: Au Revoir, Jeb

February 23, 2016 Donald Trump's campaign continues winning primaries in the 2016 GOP race, much to the dismay of late-night television comedians. Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump's election reflects the biblical Book of Revelation, while Full Frontal compared his voters to fans of a certain purple dinosaur. Jeb...

Play of the Day: How is Hillary Clinton So Bad at This?

February 22, 2016 After finishing a dismal fourth in the South Carolina primary, Jeb Bush suspended his campaign for the White House over the weekend. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about his mother's comments over the weekend about him, including her describing him as steady, honest, modest and kind. As Oliver pointed...

Play of the Day: Trump and the Pope are Feuding

February 19, 2016 Philanthropist David Rubenstein is donating $18.5 million dollars to the National Park Service to help refurbish the Lincoln Memorial. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the donation Thursday, saying he wishes the money could go to the Washington Monument to make it look more like the first president. Donald Trump...

Play of the Day: Jeb's Tweet Went Through Some Revisions

February 18, 2016 Polls are narrowing in the 2016 Democratic primaries, with Hillary Clinton's leads in many states narrowing. Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno joked Wednesday about Clinton's marriage, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about her career in politics via a Venn diagram. Jeb Bush's campaign continues to make news despite...

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