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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: Trading Cigars and Shortstops for Type II Diabetes

January 23, 2015 Tonight Show favorite Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with Republican leaders and host Jimmy Fallon made note again of Biden's reputation among Democrats and his general awesomeness. Fallon also took a look at a recent Barack Obama speech at Boise State University and made a joke about the president's...

Play of the Day: The State of Ernie Moniz's Hair

January 22, 2015 With President Barack Obama's presentation of the State of the Union Address Tuesday, late-night TV got to it Wednesday night. Obama's dig at Republicans during the speech, in the words of The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon, about winning elections was full of shade, while The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore wanted...

Play of the Day: Obama's Many Guests at the State of the Union

January 21, 2015 President Barack Obama held his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, but late-night TV shows tape before the speech is given. As such, The Daily Show gave a scenario of an Obama enemy's idea of such a speech. It involved Joe Biden without pants and the president burning a...

Storify: GovExec Live-tweets the 2015 State of the Union

January 20, 2015 President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night and promoted several new proposals in the final years of his presidency. The White House positioned the speech in social media terms, with multiple hashtags, a long lead-up on YouTube and, for the first time, released the...

Play of the Day: John Kerry Loves French Things

January 20, 2015 Mitt Romney is mulling a 2016 presidential run and the former governor of Massachusetts is always a good punching bag for late-night comedians. Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update compared Romney to Charlie Brown and a computer, while Conan O'Brien looked at a recent poll of Republican interest in the candidate....

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz is Leading a Science Subcommittee

January 16, 2015 With Mitt Romney's recent exploration of the possibility of a 2016 run, the erstwhile candidate remains the main point of humor on late-night shows. David Letterman compiled some reactions from other candidates, while Conan O'Brien looked at the idea of Romney himself slamming the idea. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon...

Play of the Day: Romney and Christie Are Everyone's Favorite Comedic Duo

January 15, 2015 The 2016 presidential cycle is ramping up and late-night presenters are taking note. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon used RNC Chairman's comments about Hillary's 2016 possible run to mock the Clinton's relationship. Mitt Romney's recent announcement that he's possibly running for a third time was a popular topic, with The...

Play of the Day: Paul Ryan's Golden Touch

January 14, 2015 Both David Letterman and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon took a look Wednesday at Paul Ryan's announcement that he will not run for president in 2016. They both considered who the House Ways and Means Committee Chair would endorse and the comic possibilities therein. Fallon also checked in on another...

The New American Ambassador to New Zealand is a Former Baseball Player

December 18, 2014 Early in 2014, The Daily Show ran a segment examining the credentials of ambassadors-to-be during their confirmations. Examples included since-confirmed Noah B. Mamet and Robert C. Barber -- neither of whom had traveled to their posts in Argentina and Iceland, respectively -- and former Sen. Max Baucus, who declared that...

Video: Sketch Comedy Show Plays Off Stereotype of TSA Agents as 'Listless'

December 15, 2014 Terrorism isn't always a subject for comedy, but angling the comedy toward a series of popular complaints about airport security is ripe for such mocking. Comedy Central duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele took on the topic while lampooning the Transportation Security Administration on a recent episode of their eponymous...