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: Adventures With Ted Cruz

February 24, 2016 The Nevada GOP caucus was held Tuesday with Donald Trump emerging as the winner. While late-night television shows tape before the caucus was held, hosts joked about Trump in Nevada. Late Show's Stephen Colbert compared him to Cirque du Soleil while Conan O'Brien noted Trump's past financial troubles. Ted Cruz...

Play of the Day: Au Revoir, Jeb

February 23, 2016 Donald Trump's campaign continues winning primaries in the 2016 GOP race, much to the dismay of late-night television comedians. Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump's election reflects the biblical Book of Revelation, while Full Frontal compared his voters to fans of a certain purple dinosaur. Jeb...

Play of the Day: How is Hillary Clinton So Bad at This?

February 22, 2016 After finishing a dismal fourth in the South Carolina primary, Jeb Bush suspended his campaign for the White House over the weekend. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about his mother's comments over the weekend about him, including her describing him as steady, honest, modest and kind. As Oliver pointed...

Play of the Day: Trump and the Pope are Feuding

February 19, 2016 Philanthropist David Rubenstein is donating $18.5 million dollars to the National Park Service to help refurbish the Lincoln Memorial. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the donation Thursday, saying he wishes the money could go to the Washington Monument to make it look more like the first president. Donald Trump...

Play of the Day: Jeb's Tweet Went Through Some Revisions

February 18, 2016 Polls are narrowing in the 2016 Democratic primaries, with Hillary Clinton's leads in many states narrowing. Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno joked Wednesday about Clinton's marriage, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about her career in politics via a Venn diagram. Jeb Bush's campaign continues to make news despite...

Play of the Day: George W. Bush is Back to Help Out His Brother

February 17, 2016 CNN contributor S.E Cupp wrote a piece for the network's web portal over the weekend comparing GOP contenders to cars for sale on a lot. Late Night's Seth Meyers added his own comparisons Tuesday night, comparing Ben Carson to a Toyota Prius and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump to a famous...

Play of the Day: Clinton and Sanders Pander to Different Kinds of Voters

February 16, 2016 Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday, leaving a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court that Republicans said they don't want Obama to fill. Full Frontal's Samantha Bee joked that filling court vacancies is one of the president's only actual duties, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush is Not a Tough Guy

February 12, 2016 President Barack Obama's EPA encountered a roadblock in its execution of the Paris agreement this week when the Supreme Court ruled against the administration. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah devoted a segment to the ruling Thursday, joking that now other countries are going to ignore the climate rules. One of...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Has a Way With Numbers

February 11, 2016 Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won their respective New Hampshire primaries Tuesday night, something late-night TV noted Wednesday. Late Show's Stephen Colbert remembered the two men's unconventional entrances into the presidential race, while he and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the two winners' aversion to normal hair. The Daily...

Play of the Day: Gender in the Democratic Primary

February 10, 2016 In an odd occurrence during yesterday's primary, a 600-pound pig got loose from a New Hampshire farm and ended up at a polling place in Pelham. This gave opportunity to Jimmy Kimmel to show some silly video of the pig and joke about sixth-place finisher Chris Christie's weight. Bernie Sanders...

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