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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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Video: A visit from a ghost and Joe Biden’s party

January 28, 2013 Saturday Night Live opened its show marking Barack Obama’s second inauguration with a visit from a ghost. On Weekend Update, “Arianna Huffington” told Seth Meyers about her impressions of Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony on Capitol Hill, comparing male lawmakers to a “garage band in a Viagra commercial.” Jay Leno also ...

Official Presidential Photos and Gray Hair

January 18, 2013 The White House's second official portrait of Barack Obama’s presidency, released Friday, is proof the last four years have changed the man, capturing both his apparent aging and a more confident demeanor. It’s been said sitting presidents tend to age faster than other citizens, backing up sketchy online advertisers' claims ...

Video: Feds Get Some Love at the Golden Globes

January 14, 2013 Amid all the glitz and Hollywood glamour of the 70th Golden Globes award presentation Sunday, depictions of federal employees won the day. It was a banner year for federal issues on both the small and big screens. In the television categories, a Showtime drama named after a relatively new federal ...

James Bond, cyber warrior, takes on some familiar foes

November 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the 50 years since James Bond first appeared as a film hero, the world has changed quite a bit. Many of the British spy's famed gadgets have become reality -- 1963's From Russia With Love featured the crazy idea of a phone in a car. More, though, the Cold ...

Photo Gallery: Hot seats

November 6, 2012 While the presidential election is getting most of the attention, every seat in the House and a third of Senate seats are up for reelection in 2012. With Congress controlling budgets and oversight for federal agencies, many of these elections will steer federal issues going forward. Below are 12 candidates ...

Video: Olympic bronze medalist in rowing proud to be a fed

September 21, 2012 Last week, more than 400 athletes from the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams visited the White House to be honored at a reception hosted by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Presidents welcome Olympians and Paralympians to the White House every two years. ...

Photo Gallery: Curiosity approaches Mars

July 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This weekend, NASA will get its first returns on a very expensive gamble. Launched in November by the Mars Science Laboratory, the “robotic geochemist” known as Curiosity is approaching the red planet at a speed of 8,000 miles per hour with the goal of touching down in Mars' Gale Crater ...

Of Course Verizon Wants Net Neutrality to Go Away

July 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the more controversial recent network neutrality rules, like campaign finance reform, seeks to balance free speech against fairness and access. On one side, those controlling the networks say that controlling what goes out over broadband is their right under the First Amendment's free speech clause, among other commercial ...

State Department: Human Rights Exist in Digital Realm

June 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the Arab Spring's aftermath being felt around the world, the State Department is continuing to emphasize the importance of Internet freedom, both home and abroad. Building off Secretary Hillary Clinton's ongoing speeches of the last two years, Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe -- currently serving as the U.S. Representative to ...

Is Dr. Zaius America's Newest Cyberenemy?

June 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Wednesday, The Colbert Report took a hard look at the possibility of a cyberattack brought on by mobile devices. Host Stephen Colbert asked counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke about the possibility of a Stuxnet-type attack being perpetrated via an iPad. Clarke replied, "A small group of talented people using iPads ...