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: Ben Carson Is Not the Most Dynamic Candidate

November 5, 2015 Donald Trump's book Crippled America was released this week and pundits all over the web are talking about it. Late Show's Stephen Colbert touched on the book Wednesday, saying the title was offensive… just like the phrase "President Trump." Ben Carson continues to lead many polls, putting him at the...

Play of the Day: More on the Republicans' Debate Requests

November 4, 2015 According to a report released this week, new Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., is having trouble getting the cigarrette smoke smell out of his office, thanks to previous occupant John Boehner. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the office Tuesday, saying the stench resembled an off-track betting...

Play of the Day: The Next GOP Debate Could Become a Literal Gong Show

November 3, 2015 The Daily Show was on hiatus last week, so host Trevor Noah joked Monday night about the budget deal Congress passed. Talking about the short-term deals that proceeded it, Noah wondered if federal budgets were like some cell phone contracts: month-to-month. Late Night's Seth Meyers devoted his "A Closer Look"...

Play of the Day: John Oliver Explains the Medicaid Gap

November 2, 2015 With Halloween happening Saturday, Late Show's Stephen Colbert devoted his show Friday to the holiday. Colbert and his guests dressed in costumes and even tailored his desk jokes to the holiday. One story he covered was the Peoria, Arizona inflatable pumpkin that got loose late last week. Colbert, dressed as...

Play of the Day: The GOP Candidates' Actual Weaknesses

October 30, 2015 Halloween is coming up and Late Night's Seth Meyers took Thursday's show to joke about it. He compared Donald Trump to a pumpkin, Paul Ryan to Eddie Munster and Bernie Sanders' to Back to the Future's Doc Brown. In the process, he also took shots at Jeb Bush's poor debate...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Resembles Both Mr. Met and the Golden Calf

October 29, 2015 Wednesday's Republican debate went against game two of the World Series, causing late-night comedians to joke about the coincidence in scheduling. Conan O'Brien noted the differences in the two events' thoughts on Central and South American immigrants, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted the similarities between Mr. Met and...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Latest Endorsement Packs a Punch

October 28, 2015 New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie is an easy mark for late-night comedians because of his weight and Tuesday night was no different. After news about a 100-year-old "English biscuit" from the Titanic sold for $23,000 recently, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon made a Christie joke about...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Celebrates a Birthday

October 27, 2015 Hillary Clinton turned 68 years old Monday, leading late-night comedians to note the occasion. Late Night's Seth Meyers referenced Clinton's political goals and her ability to outlast other candidates, while Conan O'Brien joked about her husband's sexual appetite. A few hosts were off last week, which meant they got to...

Play of the Day: Hillary Never Stops Trying to Sell Her Book

October 23, 2015 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has agreed to run for the Speaker of the House job John Boehner is going to vacate at the end of the month, so The Nightly Show looked at his remarks Thursday. Host Larry Wilmore joked about Ryan's remarks about a unified party and wondered if...

Play of the Day: Joe Biden Just Made Hillary Clinton Very Happy

October 22, 2015 Tuesday marked what many were calling "Back to the Future Day," marking the day to which the main character in 1989's Back to the Future II time traveled. The movie got a lot of things correct about Oct. 21, 2015 including biometric identification and wearable technology, but The Daily Show's...

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