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: 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...

Play of the Day: Mike Huckabee Really Doesn't Want Any Syrian Refugees in America

November 18, 2015 In a new interview with CBS, Play of the Day favorite and former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin said Katie Couric's 2008 question about her reading habits was "fair." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Palin, mocking her preparedness for the question even now, seven years later. In the...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Needs to Step Up Her Crazy Game

November 17, 2015 During the Democratic debate Saturday night, Martin O'Malley called Donald Trump an "immigrant-bashing carnival barker." Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the comment Monday, joking about O'Malley's traction in the polls. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon also joked about the comment, saying Trump gets his hair from the cotton candy machine....

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Long Speech

November 16, 2015 Bernie Sanders was endorsed last week by the American Postal Workers Union’s National Executive Board, causing Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost to joke about Sanders' age. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon also joked about the endorsement, mocking the reliability of the United States Postal Service. Donald Trump gave a 95-minute...

The Daily Show: It 'Sucks' to Work At a 'Gutless Regulatory Agency'

November 13, 2015 While the comedic value of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey has remained largely untapped, it nonetheless played a starring role on The Daily Show Thursday when Jordan Klepper cited it in a segment on the efficacy of the Federal Election Commission. While showing the employee satisfaction ratings on screen, Klepper...

Play of the Day: Sanders Gets Endorsements From Postal Union … And a Bunch of Babies

November 13, 2015 Buzzfeed got an advanced copy of this weekend's New York Times bestseller list showing that Donald Trump's Crippled America will debut behind fellow GOP candidate Ben Carson's book A More Perfect Union. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the bokos Thursday, making up a book Jeb Bush could write about...

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz Must Really Hate the Commerce Department

November 12, 2015 Tuesday night's Republican debate had a new feature for the moderators: A bell that dinged whenever a candidate went over the allotted time for an answer. Late-night comedians joked about this new wrinkle Wednesday night The Daily Show's Trevor Noah comparing it to a scene in Breaking Bad, Late Night's...

Play of the Day: Starbucks, Baby Hitler and an Expensive Filling Station in Afghanistan

November 11, 2015 Donald Trump commented on the online protests against Starbucks this week, saying he is unhappy with Starbucks' seasonal cups' lack of Christmas imagery. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about's Trump's predilection for putting his name on things, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah wondered if we were in some...

Here’s Everything Feds Need to Know About Tuesday’s GOP Debate

November 10, 2015 The eight Republican presidential candidates leading in the polls took the stage during prime time on Tuesday evening for their fourth debate focused on the U.S. economy, hosted by the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal. The candidates touched on a range of topics affecting federal employees, including...

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