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Ross Gianfortune

Senior Web Producer Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production 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: Golf and Transparency

February 20, 2013 With many hosts coming back from the long weekend, late night was brimming with government and political jokes Tuesday evening. Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson went with easy digs at Congress, while Stephen Colbert came back from the short break with actual footage released by NASA, tying it to the ...

Play of the Day: Presidents on President's Day

February 19, 2013 For the President’s Day holiday, the CBS late-night shows went historical, with Craig Ferguson using most of his monologue talking about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Late Show host David Letterman used the occasion to dress a man like Lincoln and harass New York pedestrians for the Top Ten List. ...

Play of the Day: The States (And Colbert) Take on The Banks

February 15, 2013 The controversy surrounding Iran’s new jet grabbed focus away from Valentine’s Day for Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien Thursday night, with O’Brien referencing the Denzel Washington film Flight in his joke. Over on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert commented on the prosecution of banks five years after the fiscal meltdown of ...

Video: Susan Rice, Benghazi and '10,000 Pages of Evidence'

February 15, 2013 Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stopped by The Daily Show Thursday for a longer-form interview with host Jon Stewart. Stewart pressed Rice on her connection to the dissemination of information in the weeks following the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The controversy effectively prevented Rice ...

Play of the Day: The State of Our Union is Actually Pretty Funny

February 14, 2013 The vast majority of late-night comedy airtime Wednesday was spent on Barack Obama’s Tuesday State of the Union address. Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon both took an opportunity to mock Obama’s somewhat awkward fist bump with Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk. On Comedy Central, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart was very ...

Play of the Day: North Korean Nukes and Obama’s Speech

February 13, 2013 The comedy late-night shows tape in the late afternoon, so the hosts did not get to actually talk about Barack Obama’s fourth State of the Union address to Congress, but some did get some jokes in about the president. Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon all had ...

Storify: GovExec on #SOTU

February 12, 2013 In addition to liveblogging, the GovExec.com staff was also working on livetweeting the most-tweeted speech in the history of Twitter. The speech included many references to federal government programs, initiatives and partnerships with private industry. President Barack Obama also continually referenced trimming the budget by making government more efficient. Read ...

Storify: Nextgov's #SOTU Livetweets

February 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the most-tweeted address in history, Nextgov staff members were livetweeting the speech. Technology policy was emphasized during the State of the Union, with NASA star Bobak Ferdowsi as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. President Barack Obama devoted lengthy portions of the speech to science education, infrastructure, energy ...

Play of the Day: The Grammys, George W. Bush and the Pope

February 12, 2013 With the State of the Union upcoming, Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno took time to poke at Congress, while most shows focused on Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that he will be retiring at the end of February. The Daily Show, Craig Ferguson and Fallon all speculated on the next person ...

Play of the Day: Uruguay, Paraguay or the Presidency?

February 11, 2013 With most shows off for Friday, late-night shows were a grab-bag of topical jokes. Jay Leno looked at continental movement and the national debt, while David Letterman said farewell to Hillary Clinton. Seth Meyers took on the drone memo on Saturday Night Live, checked gun control polls and compared Washington’s ...