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: Obama's Aiming a Little High

December 7, 2015 A bust was unveiled last week of former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Senate. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the occasion Friday, mocking Cheney's famed aloofness. President Barack Obama spoke about the shootings in San Bernardino late last week, calling terrorism an "existential threat" to the United...

Play of the Day: Breaking Down The Likability of Ted Cruz

December 4, 2015 The 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks' famous bus ride was this week and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton marked the occasion by modifying her campaign logo to put Parks in it. Unfortunately, as The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore pointed out, Clinton put Parks in the back of the logo. The...

Play of the Day: The Government Studies Old People Dating

December 3, 2015 A recent New York Times headline said Republican leaders are "paralyzed" by Donald Trump's emergence as the top GOP 2016 contender. Conan O'Brien joked about this and Trump's recent history with people with disabilities. On Monday, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., released his "Federal Fumbles" report on what he considers wasteful...

Play of the Day: Jeb Has Plenty of Non-Hillary Options

December 2, 2015 Donald Trump is in some hot water after he seemed to mock a disabled reporter during a speech recently. Trump claims he was not aware of Serge Kovaleski's disability, but The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked about some other Trump comments from the campaign trail about his memory. Conan O'Brien...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Just Confusing Some Things

December 1, 2015 After the shooting last week at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, news outlets searched for answers about the alleged shooter. One neighbor spoke to ABC News, saying Robert Lewis Dear gave him anti-Obama pamphlets on their first meeting. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about this weird housewarming present and...

Play of the Day: No One Wants Any 2016 Candidates At Thanksgiving Dinner

November 25, 2015 In the midst of another Donald Trump controversy, the 2016 GOP frontrunner claimed in an interview that he remembers a tape of American muslims celebrating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attacks. He backed up this claim by saying he has "the world's greatest memory." Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about...

Play of the Day: More on Donald Trump's Hair

November 24, 2015 In a new interview published this week, Donald Trump told GQ magazine "I wouldn't be nuking anybody." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the interview by comparing trump's comments to the possibility of Ben Carson having the nuclear codes. Trump's looks continue to be scrutinized by late-night hosts. After his...

Play of the Day: Giving Equal Time to 2016 Candidates

November 23, 2015 Last Week Tonight dedicated its main segment Sunday night to getting rid of the penny, a coin that costs more to make than its face value. In citing a GAO report about pennies lack of circulation, Oliver joked about the penny's usefulness, comparing the penny to the recent Muppets TV...

Play of the Day: A Symbol of Immigration Needs to be Vetted

November 20, 2015 A man was arrested this week at a Donald Trump rally for yelling "Donald Trump's a racist." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Trump's campaign Thursday, saying security took the man away because that slogan is Trump's intellectual property. Congress and Republican nominees have urged caution in accepting Syrian and...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson's Gifted Hands Can't Trace a Map

November 19, 2015 Bobby Jindal suspended his 2016 campaign earlier this week after he never gained any significant traction with Republican voters. Jindal's exit was fodder for late-night comedy, with Late Night's Seth Meyers, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon all mocking his low support. Noah and Late...

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