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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: Beauty Pageant Owner Objectifies Women

May 17, 2016 President Barack Obama gave a commencement speech over the weekend at Rutgers University, telling graduating students that "Ignorance is not a virtue." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the occasion, imagining what kind of speaker Trump University would ask to speak at graduation. The New York Times' front page Sunday...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Fake Publicist

May 16, 2016 Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign has made some news recently by stating that a Clinton White House would open up UFO files to the public. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked that this is all good and well, except all those files are on a private server. According to the Washington...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump and His Tax Returns

May 13, 2016 Donald Trump this week said his proposal to ban all Muslim immigration to the United States was just a "suggestion." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked Thursday that his hair was also a "suggestion," while Conan O'Brien joked that the entire Trump campaign is an elaborate bar bet Trump refuses to...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Nickname for Bernie Sanders

May 12, 2016 A Mexican judge this week ruled that notorious Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán could be extradited to the United States. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about this move Wednesday night, saying "who are we exactly trying to keep out with that giant wall?" During the course of...

Play of the Day: The Barack Obama Ice Cream Bar

May 11, 2016 According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are nearly tied in Florida. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump's doing so well because of his orange hue reminds voters of the state's signature fruit, while Conan O'Brien joked that Trump is doing well with meth...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Will Never Lay Off Jeb Bush

May 10, 2016 Before he left the race, Ted Cruz last week used the exclamation "great Scott!" to punctuate his distaste for Donald Trump. Full Frontal's Samantha Bee tied the phrase and the 2016 election to the film Back to the Future (where "great Scott!" was iconically used). Trump's the billionaire bully, Cruz...

Play of the Day: Let's Take a Look Around Trump's Office

May 9, 2016 Maine governor Paul LePage named his new dog Veto after his propensity to veto bills that come across his desk. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked that Hillary Clinton could do the same thing and name a pet Redacted Due to Ongoing Congressional Investigation. SNL's Weekend Update anchors looked more...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Loves Hispanics… And His Taco Bowl

May 6, 2016 This week, presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush announced they are not planning to endorse anyone in 2016. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked Thursday that this move was made way before Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee, hurting Jeb Bush's feelings. Trump was the talk of social...

Play of the Day: The Final Blows of the Cruz Campaign

May 5, 2016 John Kasich dropped out of the GOP nomination race Tuesday, leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee. Conan O'Brien and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Kasich's performance in the race, mocking his relative anonymity and his low poll numbers. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race Tuesday night, but...

If Zika Becomes a National Crisis, Americans Want to Hear From Government -- Just Not on the Phone

May 4, 2016 If the Zika virus turns out to be an American pandemic, a new survey suggets Americans want to hear about it from the government through as many media channels as possible -- just not robocalls. A new round of results from Accenture's AFS Fed Pulse survey showed 80 percent of...