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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: Casting the 2016 GOP Field

August 7, 2015 George W. Bush showed up for jury duty this week at George Allen Courts Building in Dallas, even posing with others in the jury pool. This prompted Late Night's Seth Meyers to point out one other thing Bush couldn't get out of: Iraq. While the GOP debate took place Thursday,...

Play of the Day: Time to Get Ready for the GOP Debate

August 6, 2015 Gawker Media blog Jezebel asked a New York hairstylist this week to estimate the cost of Republican candidates for president's haircuts, with Jeb Bush's haircut topping the list at $125. Late Night's Seth Meyers then took a look at Bernie Sanders' haircut to estimate its value (in volts, of course)....

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Was Born the Normal Way… Just Like You

August 5, 2015 President Barack Obama turned 54 Tuesday and late-night hosts sent their congratulations. In particular, Late Night's Seth Meyers enumerated the ways Obama would be celebrating, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted how old the president looks. According to a new poll, Hillary Clinton is losing ground in the polls...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Keeps Talking and Talking

August 4, 2015 Thursday marks the first GOP debate of the 2016 and Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican polling, despite his outrageous comments. This week, he had to fire a campaign adviser because he called Barack Obama a "Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser" on his Facebook page. The Tonight Show's...

Play of the Day: Human and Panda Residents in D.C. Have the Same Rights

August 3, 2015 Dallas Mavericks owner and businessman Mark Cuban called 2016 GOP candidate Donald Trump "probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long long time" last week, citing that Trump "says what's on his mind." This prompted The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to make a joke about Cuban's surname...

Conservative Blogger Wants GOP to Shut Down the Government Over Planned Parenthood

July 31, 2015 The federal government is in danger of a shutdown this fall over a disagreement between Republicans and the Obama administration on broad spending levels. But, if influential blogger Erick Erickson has his way, there will be a shutdown for a narrower reason. Erickson wants lawmakers to protest funding to reproductive...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is a Human Emoji

July 31, 2015 In an interview this week, Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton was asked about her greatest weaknesses and strengths. Late Night's Seth's Meyers joked about the interview by getting in a dig at Clinton's failed 2008 campaign. Donald Trump's 2016 campaign continues to make news. Meyes figured out why Trump said...

Play of the Day: The 2016 Dream Team

July 30, 2015 Politico reported this week that the White House tried to cultivate The Daily Show staff by inviting host Jon Stewart to Washington to confer with the president. Stewart addressed the issue Wednesday and joked that he met Obama there, along with the Area 51 alien and the King of Rock...

Play of the Day: Obama's Adventures in Africa

July 29, 2015 Singer Katy Perry met with two former presidents this week after attending attended the annual World May Hear Gala in Minnesota. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the event by mocking Bill Clinton's libido and Perry's outstanding dancers at her Super Bowl halftime performance. President Barack Obama's trip to...

Play of the Day: ISIS Has a Better Online Operation Than Time Warner

July 28, 2015 Over the weekend, New Jersey governor and 2016 GOP hopeful Chris Christie visited the Italian-American Heritage Festival in Des Moines as part of an Iowa campaign swing. Christie's girth became the butt of jokes Tuesday on The Tonight Show as host Jimmy Fallon hit Christie about the trip. On The...