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: Getting Ready for the Democratic Debate

October 13, 2015 Mexico beat the United States in a soccer match over the weekend and Trevor Noah mentioned it Monday night on The Daily Show. While the U.S. team lost, Noah suggested the famed soccer wall would've been more effective has Donald Trump been in charge of the team. CNN and Facebook...

Play of the Day: Does Anyone Want to be Speaker?

October 12, 2015 Many have noticed that the terrorist group ISIS uses almost exclusively Toyota trucks in the group's activities. Last week, reports surfaced that the Treasury Department is looking the group's automotive brand loyalty. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Toyotas compared to BMWs, while Last Week Tonight joked about ISIS'...

Play of the Day: The House Speaker Race Is Very Confusing

October 9, 2015 Ben Carson continued to talk about gun violence this week, recounting a story of his witnessing an armed robbery at a Popeye's. The Daily Show joked about Carson's gun talk Thursday, while Late Night's Seth Meyers knows Carson lost at least one voter. Meyers also spent a segment looking at...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson Wants to Arm Kindergarten Teachers

October 8, 2015 A new study shows 2016 GOP candidate Donald Trump's fans on Facebook have the worst grammar of all the candidates. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon suggested Wednesday night that this makes sense considering Trump's campaign is just a run-on sentence. Ben Carson is facing crticism for comments he made recently...

Play of the Day: Are Voters Souring on Donald Trump?

October 7, 2015 Despite leading many polls, Hillary Clinton has yet to catch fire with potential voters. Some note her perceived inauthenticity, which Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Tuesday night by mocking her laugh. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore looked at Clinton's effects on voters and wondered how many think she's not...

Play of the Day: How to Stem the Tide of Gun Violence

October 6, 2015 Last week, Hillary Clinton's campaign hit another snag when the International Association of Fire Fighters, a powerful firefighters union, decided not to endorse the candidate. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about this development Monday night, comparing the union member's profession to Clinton's campaign. In the aftermath of last week's...

Play of the Day: Jason Chaffetz Doesn't Need the Secret Service to Embarrass Him

October 5, 2015 On Friday, Late Show's Stephen Colbert tackled the issue of Kevin McCarthy's recent comments on Hillary Clinton and the Select Committee on Benghazi. Comparing the two, Colbert suggested the committee's overt calculation reflected its subject. In addition to its main segment on mental illness, Last Week Tonight looked at the...

Play of the Day: How Presidential is Donald Trump?

October 2, 2015 This week, the State Department released another batch of emails from Hillary Clinton's server during her time leading the agency. Little scandalous was in the emails, but one Veep-like email about phone problems made Late Night's Seth Meyers joke about the relationship between the Democratic frontrunner and her former boss....

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Deleted Her RSVP to the Debate

October 1, 2015 Donald Trump's wife Melania gave an interview for People that posted Wednesday and late-night hosts jumped on it. Conan O'Brien compared the Slovenian national's status to Trump's immigration plan, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about how easy it is to live with Trump. The Democrats running for president will...

Play of the Day: Putin and Obama Have an Awkward Meeting in New York

September 30, 2015 Hillary Clinton sat down with filmmaker Lena Dunham for Dunham's new newsletter to talk about the 2016 campaign. Clinton talked feminism, public service and pop culture, but it was Clinton's awkward explanation of the importance of voting that The Daily Show's Trevor Noah seemed to notice. Fittingly, Noah called it...

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