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: Starbucks, Baby Hitler and an Expensive Filling Station in Afghanistan

November 11, 2015 Donald Trump commented on the online protests against Starbucks this week, saying he is unhappy with Starbucks' seasonal cups' lack of Christmas imagery. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about's Trump's predilection for putting his name on things, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah wondered if we were in some...

Here’s Everything Feds Need to Know About Tuesday’s GOP Debate

November 10, 2015 The eight Republican presidential candidates leading in the polls took the stage during prime time on Tuesday evening for their fourth debate focused on the U.S. economy, hosted by the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal. The candidates touched on a range of topics affecting federal employees, including...

Play of the Day: Stabbing, Pyramids and a Portrait

November 10, 2015 The Ben Carson 2016 roller coaster ride continued Monday on late-night television after last week's Guardian photos of the artwork dotting Carson's Maryland home. Specifically, one painting was in the front of everyone's mind: A portrait of Jesus Christ with his hand on Carson's shoulder as they both don white...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson's Stabbing History

November 9, 2015 Climate scientists this week released a study suggesting climate change could cause warm weather, leading to diminished “coital frequency." Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the study and tied it to Barack Obama's rejecting of the Keystone XL project. Republican Ben Carson is under more scrutiny after CNN is questioning...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson's Rap Radio Ad

November 6, 2015 Jeb Bush's campaign has been struggling lately and a recent gaffe has reinforced some conventional wisdom around the former Florida governor. In talking to New Hampsire elementary school students, Bush said of his father "All he would have to say is 'I'm disappointed in you' and it would send me...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson Is Not the Most Dynamic Candidate

November 5, 2015 Donald Trump's book Crippled America was released this week and pundits all over the web are talking about it. Late Show's Stephen Colbert touched on the book Wednesday, saying the title was offensive… just like the phrase "President Trump." Ben Carson continues to lead many polls, putting him at the...

Play of the Day: More on the Republicans' Debate Requests

November 4, 2015 According to a report released this week, new Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., is having trouble getting the cigarrette smoke smell out of his office, thanks to previous occupant John Boehner. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the office Tuesday, saying the stench resembled an off-track betting...

Play of the Day: The Next GOP Debate Could Become a Literal Gong Show

November 3, 2015 The Daily Show was on hiatus last week, so host Trevor Noah joked Monday night about the budget deal Congress passed. Talking about the short-term deals that proceeded it, Noah wondered if federal budgets were like some cell phone contracts: month-to-month. Late Night's Seth Meyers devoted his "A Closer Look"...

Play of the Day: John Oliver Explains the Medicaid Gap

November 2, 2015 With Halloween happening Saturday, Late Show's Stephen Colbert devoted his show Friday to the holiday. Colbert and his guests dressed in costumes and even tailored his desk jokes to the holiday. One story he covered was the Peoria, Arizona inflatable pumpkin that got loose late last week. Colbert, dressed as...

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...

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