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: Clinton is a Better New York Panderer Than Kasich

April 20, 2016 Donald Trump made a minor mistake in a speech this week, referring to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as 7-11 (instead of the usual 9-11) at a rally in Buffalo. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah questioned Trump's claim that the day is close to his heart. After all, victims...

Play of the Day: John Kasich Explains Passover. Kind of.

April 19, 2016 The move to put a woman on U.S. currency continues to churn, but the actual bill is still up in the air. The hit Broadway musical Hamilton has thrown a wrench into the $10 bill getting a new face, but The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted that this move might...

Play of the Day: SNL Takes on the Brooklyn Democratic Debate

April 18, 2016 As more and more details come out about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Last Week Tonight dedicated its main segment Sunday night to the issue of lead exposure throughout the United States. Citing HUD and CDC statistics, host John Oliver tied children's lead exposure to the hit movie Frozen....

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz Loves Soup. Probably Too Much.

April 15, 2016 Bernie Sanders held a rally in New York's Washington Square Park that 27,000 attended this week, so, naturally, Big Apple-based late-night comedians joked about the event. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that New Yorkers will get in any line, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Sanders was just...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Unhappy With the GOP Delegate Rules

April 14, 2016 The Transport Workers Union Local 100 endorsed Bernie Sanders less than a week before the New York primary, causing The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joked about Hillary Clinton's recent subway gaffe Wednesday night and Late Night's Seth Meyers to also joke about Clinton's Metrocard troubles. On the Republican side,...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton's Uncomfortable Racial Humor

April 13, 2016 CIA chief John Brennan recently said the agency will not use waterboarding as an interrogation tactic, even if the next president endorses it. The tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about torture, saying the CIA will now just shut off the wifi prisoners would normally get. Hillary Clinton is facing criticism...

Play of the Day: Superdelegates, Explained

April 12, 2016 While campaigning in New York last week, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attended Broadway hit Hamilton. This gave The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, Late Night's Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon to joke about Sanders's age and resemblance to the subject of the play. With the primary in full...

Play of the Day: More From the Candidates' Travels in the Big Apple

April 11, 2016 In a recent interview, Bernie Sanders said he attended Boy Scout camp during his childhood in New York. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon used this as an opportunity to joke about the Vermont Senator's age, saying Sanders got the first patch for discovering fire. As the New York primary approaches,...

Play of the Day: The 2016 Campaign Moves to New York

April 8, 2016 John Kasich's crowds in upstate New York have been bigger than expected recently, causing the candidate to move some of his events to larger locations. Conan O'Brien joked about Kasich's popularity Thursday night, saying the move was just from a "toll booth to a Sunglass Hut." As the New York...

Play of the Day: Fake Agencies Trump Would Cut as President

April 7, 2016 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump refused to wear the famed Wisconsin cheese head hat during a campaign stop in the badger state this week. Late-night comedians joked about Trump's dignity and hair, with Late Night's Seth Meyers joking that his head is already cheese-like and Conan O'Brien noting that Trump's hair...

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