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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: Romney and Christie Are Everyone's Favorite Comedic Duo

January 15, 2015 The 2016 presidential cycle is ramping up and late-night presenters are taking note. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon used RNC Chairman's comments about Hillary's 2016 possible run to mock the Clinton's relationship. Mitt Romney's recent announcement that he's possibly running for a third time was a popular topic, with The ...

Play of the Day: Paul Ryan's Golden Touch

January 14, 2015 Both David Letterman and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon took a look Wednesday at Paul Ryan's announcement that he will not run for president in 2016. They both considered who the House Ways and Means Committee Chair would endorse and the comic possibilities therein. Fallon also checked in on another ...

The New American Ambassador to New Zealand is a Former Baseball Player

December 18, 2014 Early in 2014, The Daily Show ran a segment examining the credentials of ambassadors-to-be during their confirmations. Examples included since-confirmed Noah B. Mamet and Robert C. Barber -- neither of whom had traveled to their posts in Argentina and Iceland, respectively -- and former Sen. Max Baucus, who declared that ...

Video: Sketch Comedy Show Plays Off Stereotype of TSA Agents as 'Listless'

December 15, 2014 Terrorism isn't always a subject for comedy, but angling the comedy toward a series of popular complaints about airport security is ripe for such mocking. Comedy Central duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele took on the topic while lampooning the Transportation Security Administration on a recent episode of their eponymous ...

St. Louis Police Officers Ask NFL to Punish Players Who Publicly Supported Michael Brown Sunday

December 1, 2014 Several St. Louis Rams players are being criticized by a police officers association in Missouri for entering the field before Sunday's game in support of Michael Brown in the wake of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson not being indicted by a grand jury in Brown's death in the St. Louis ...

Obama Pardons Two Turkeys, Despite John Oliver's Pleas

November 26, 2014 Barack Obama presided over the yearly National Thanksgiving Turkey event Wednesday at the White House, sparing the lives of the two turkeys named Mac and Cheese. During the annual event, Obama said, "If you're a turkey and you're named after a side dish, your chances of surviving Thanksgiving are pretty ...

Attention Dieters: FDA Ruling Will Require Calorie Counts at Restaurants

November 25, 2014 Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows one of the hardest parts is counting calories while eating out. While crowdsourced fitness apps like MyFitnessPal can help with approximate counts, the fact that a Chipotle burrito tops the scale at more than 1,000 calories is good information to know. ...

Storify: Public Officials React to Obama's Immigration Address

November 20, 2014 Barack Obama announced his plans to fix the "broken" American immigration system Thursday night with a prime-time address to the nation. Obama outlined a three-point plan that would make more resources available for border operations, give more visas to high-tech immigrants and enforce existing laws against illegal immigration. "Even as ...

Report: BP Tried to Lobby the EPA to Let It Continue As a Government 'Business Partner'

November 13, 2014 After the Environmental Protection Agency suspended it from receiving any new contracts following the largest accidental marine oil spill in history, British Petroleum tried to convince the agency that it had fixed its problem and should continue to receive federal contracting dollars. Vice News' Jason Leopold obtained a July 2012 ...

Three Charts That Explain Feds' Low Morale in 2014

October 28, 2014 The results of the Office of Personnel Management's 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey do not show a pretty picture of morale. In addition to the breakout numbers surrounding millennials and veterans, the results show most feds think their coworkers are unfairly promoted, they're underpaid and that they don't have sufficient ...