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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: Look Out, Iranian Military Cats. The Navy Has a Laser.

April 11, 2013 With the release Wednesday of Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget, Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon is convinced that it’s effective because neither Congressional Republicans or Democrats are warming to it. Fallon wasn’t the only one taking shots at Congress, as Late Show’s David Letterman made fun of John Boehner’s tanning regimen ...

Play of the Day: The Looming Threat of Kim Jong-Un

April 10, 2013 Former president George W. Bush’s legacy for comedians is legendary and David Letterman continues to joke about the 43rd president. With Bush’s presidential library opening next month, Letterman gave viewers a preview of what the facility will provide for visitors. On NBC, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno brought other former ...

Video: David Stockman Talks Budget on The Daily Show

April 9, 2013 In his book The Great Deformation, former budget director David Stockman hypothesizes that the United States’ budget problems do not stem from Barack Obama, the current congress, George W. Bush or even his former boss, Ronald Reagan. Rather, America’s budget problems go all the way back to the Great Depression ...

Play of the Day: Obama’s Budget and Biden’s Salary

April 9, 2013 President Barack Obama’s comments about the relatively attractiveness of California Attorney General Kamala Harris remain a topic of conversation for late-night hosts. Since The Daily Show was off Friday, host Jon Stewart got his first shot at the comments, peppering the president with jokes. Stewart hit Obama’s jump shot, the ...

Play of the Day: Obama’s Scale of Hot Public Servants

April 8, 2013 North Korea remains a major topic of conversation on late-night, as the nuclear threat from the hermit kingdom has not gone away. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno used the notion of a “premature launch” to make fun of Kim’s appearance, while The Late Show’s David Letterman tied the North Korea ...

NIH Director Gets Into Stephen Colbert's Brain

April 5, 2013 Excellence in Government contributor and director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins is a multiple-appearance guest on The Colbert Report and was on with the comedian last night to promote Barack Obama’s BRAIN initiative. Deflecting Colbert’s jokes about Obama’s need to bore into citizens’ minds, Collins explained ...

Play of the Day: The $100 Million Map

April 5, 2013 As Barack Obama introduced a new program to expand science research this week, Jimmy Fallon took an opportunity to get another dig in at Joe Biden. President Barack Obama’s BRAIN initiative was a source of humor last night for the NBC host as he noted that one would find Spongebob ...

Sheryl Sandberg Talks Women, Leadership and 'Lean In' on Daily Show

April 4, 2013 Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was on The Daily Show Wednesday to promote her book Lean In. The book has been called a must-read by our Scott Eblin and has caused a great deal of discussion online. Because of the time limits for broadcast, Comedy Central posted an extended interview online ...

Play of the Day: Remember George W. Bush?

April 4, 2013 If last night is any indication, late-night hosts miss former two-term president George W. Bush. As the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is set to open, Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon all took an opportunity to get in some jokes about it. Leno and Fallon tied ...

Play of the Day: Nuke Kid on the Block

April 3, 2013 President Barack Obama played high school basketball, his brother-in-law Craig Robinson is the head basketball coach of the Oregon State Beavers and he is a self-professed and vocal Chicago Bulls fan. However, he’s also a very busy man who doesn’t play as often as he’d like, as evidenced by his ...