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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: Donald Trump is Now Promising Heaven

October 17, 2016 Last week was an eventful one for the 2016 presidential campaign. Overshadowing the WikiLeaks dump of Clinton campaign emails exposing shadiness were revelations that Donald Trump allegedly sexually assaulted multiple women. As Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked, "who would've thought notorious mastermind hacker Julian Assange would do less damage...

Play of the Day: Trump, Cosby and Clinton

October 14, 2016 One of the revelations in the latest Wikileaks email dump shows that Hillary Clinton may not get along all that well with her daughter's mother-in-law. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying voters might find the likability-lacking candidate more relatable now. After The New York Times published...

Play of the Day: Clinton, Kaine and Wall Street

October 13, 2016 At a Florida rally this week, Donald Trump told his supporters to "make sure you get out and vote Nov. 28." Late Night's Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the gaffe, saying Trump might use the Nov. 9 election results as an excuse to call shenanigans...

Play of the Day: Trump is Now Unshackled

October 12, 2016 Hillary Clinton appeared with Al Gore at a rally this week in South Florida. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the former 2000 candidate appearing in the Sunshine State, saying it's like bringing Joe Frazier to Manila. After a period of falling poll numbers and establishment Republican defections, Donald Trump...

Play of the Day: The 'Locker Room Talk' Excuse

October 11, 2016 Sunday night's debate gave late-night hosts plenty of material Monday night. Stephen Colbert joked about Hillary Clinton's answer to the final town hall question by saying that Clinton's favorite thing about Donald Trump is "five other people," while Full Frontal's Samantha Bee noted that Trump questioning Clinton's ineffectiveness lowering federal...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Confused About a Few Things

October 10, 2016 After a video surfaced Friday showing Donald Trump bragging about unwanted sexual advances in lewd terms, weekend late-night shows featured jokes about the GOP nominee. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld noted that Trump's midnight Facebook apology wasn't really that, while Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about Trump's "we're living in...

Play of the Day: You Can Be Trump or Clinton for Halloween… Or Not

October 7, 2016 A photo of a reluctant-looking Ted Cruz making calls for Donald Trump went viral this week, causing The Daily Show's Trevor Noah reenacted Cruz's side of the conversation in one of those conversations, joking about Trump's primary attacks. Halloween is just a few weeks away and political costumes are always...

Play of the Day: Mike Pence's Fake Ancient Russian Proverbs

October 6, 2016 Many pundits agreed that Mike Pence bested Tim Kaine in Tuesday's vice presidential debate, largely because Kaine interrupted Pence over 70 times during the 90-minute event. Conan O'Brien joked that the debate technically qualified them as a married couple, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Kaine resembled Pence's...

Play of the Day: Tim Kaine's Got (Bad) Jokes

October 5, 2016 The vice presidential debate was held Tuesday night in Virginia and late-night shows went live to talk about it. Mike Pence and Tim Kaine remain unknown to a large percentage of voters going into the debate, so Late Night's Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Late Show's Stephen Colbert and...

Play of the Day: Trump's 1995 Tax Returns Are Illuminating

October 4, 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James endorsed Hillary Clinton this week in a piece for Business Insider. Late-night hosts joked about the endorsement, with Late Night's Seth Meyers joking about Clinton being out-of-touch, Conan O'Brien joking about James' free agent movement and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joking about James' championship...