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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: 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 ...

Video: Ex-IG on the 'Gaping Chest Wound' of TARP

February 8, 2013 Former Special United States Treasury Department Inspector General to oversee the Troubled Assets Relief Program, Neil Barofsky stopped by The Daily Show Thursday for an extended interview. Barofsky said the problem with TARP was that it was, effectively, like “putting a Band-Aid on this gaping chest wound.” A former federal ...

Play of the Day: The Sequester is Not a Game. Not Even Risk.

February 8, 2013 Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau is leaving his job at the White House to pursue a screenwriting career and Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon has footage of his first production. Jay Leno took a shot at Congress’ inability to make any noise on gun control. On Conan, fears of UAV strikes forces ...

Play of the Day: USA... Very Droney

February 7, 2013 With the news that the United States Postal Service will lose Saturday delivery, NBC hosts Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon took time to make fun of the often-mocked mail carriers. On the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert asked if the American penny will go the way of the Canadian penny. The ...

Play of the Day: Ahmadinejad in space

February 6, 2013 Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno took more shots at Iran’s space program, with Kimmel defending John McCain’s tweet comparing the Iranian president to the monkey the nation launched into space last week. Conan O’Brien warned Donald Trump of the Justice Department’s ability to assassinate American citizens and Jimmy Kimmel examined ...

Video: The Daily Show takes on China and Iran

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Because there is no Friday show, the Daily Show got to the top weekend technology stories Monday night. First, regarding the Chinese hack of the New York Times, host Jon Stewart asked: “You send your elite hackers out and all they get is Maureen Dowd’s email address?” Stewart then tied ...

Play of the Day: Super Bowl and the Iranian space monkey

February 5, 2013 David Letterman and Jay Leno found time on Super Bowl Monday to connect the Superdome blackout to FEMA and Hurricane Katrina. On Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert examined the Hispanic voting statistics and Obama’s skeet shooting, while The Daily Show, Jimmy Fallon and Leno also all found humor in the Iranians ...

Play of the Day: A new use for UAVs?

February 4, 2013 With the Super Bowl weekend approaching and Saturday Night Live taking the weekend off, late-night hosts Friday spent most of the weekend on football jokes. However, Jimmy Fallon found time to defend Michelle Obama’s hairstyle, Jay Leno took a look at Washington state’s new greenest job and David Letterman brought ...

Play of the Day: Should Monday be a federal holiday?

February 1, 2013 Jimmy Kimmel highlighted the We The People petition asking the White House to declare the Monday after the Super Bowl to be a national holiday. Jay Leno questioned the special relationship between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the wake of their joint interview on 60 Minutes. On the Daily ...

Play of the Day: El Nuevo Deal

January 31, 2013 After Barack Obama’s speech on immigration, late-night hosts found time to highlight the issue. On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart called illegal immigrants “America’s secret sauce” and brought in staff correspondent Al Madrigal to explain the issue. Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno used jokes about the Spanish language for their ...