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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: Libertarian Gary Johnson is Also Running for President

September 30, 2016 American Online founder Steve Case endorsed Hillary Clinton for president this week, saying that the former State Department chief would be good for innovation. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the endorsement Thursday night, saying that the last thing Clinton wants to hear is AOL's iconic sound. Gaffe-prone Libertarian nominee...

Play of the Day: Trump May Have a Miss Universe Problem

September 29, 2016 SpaceX chief Elon Musk unveiled a plan this week to send humans to Mars, in a potential effort to colonize the red planet. Late Night's Seth Meyers tied his plans to the 2016 election Wednesday night, saying Hillary Clinton might want to get in on the trip starting Nov. 9....

Play of the Day: The Clinton/Trump Debate Fallout

September 28, 2016 Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton over 50 times during the debate on Monday, reinforcing the conventional wisdom about the way Trump treats women. Conan O'Brien joked about the debate Tuesday night, saying 51 interruptions is a "quiet night" for Melania Trump. Tuesday morning, Trump touted his wins in post-debate flash...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Had a Great Time at the Debate

September 27, 2016 Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated each other Monday night for the first time and many late-night shows went live to joke about it. Late Show's Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah noted Trump's sniffling during the vent, joking that he may have been partying before the debate....

Play of the Day: Comparing Trump and Clinton Ahead of the First Debate

September 26, 2016 The first general election presidential debate will be held Monday night and late-night spent the weekend comparing the candidates. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld compared Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to common duos like Ferris and Jeannie Bueller, Bart and Lisa Simpson and, maybe most accurately, a lean meal of grilled...

Play of the Day: Some Better Debate Topics for Clinton and Trump

September 23, 2016 A 1786 letter from George Washington went on sale this week and is expected to get its $35,000 asking price. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the letter's topic Thursday night, saying the first president may have admitted he was born in Kenya. The first general election presidential debate...

Hillary Clinton Sits for an Awkward 'Between Two Ferns' Interview

September 22, 2016 Within the first 20 seconds of his interview with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Zach Galifianakis learned the power of the Secret Service. The Funny or Die host entered wearing a grim reaper mask and was quickly tackled by two agents. He explained he was "just trying to scare" Clinton,...

Play of the Day: Trump's Got a New Campaign Surrogate

September 22, 2016 Donald Trump continues to dominate the news cycle, as he recently said the African-American community is in "the worst shape ever." Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the comment and referenced the Oscar-winning film that would suggest otherwise. Jimmy Kimmel admitted on his show Wednesday night that late-night comedians do, indeed,...

Play of the Day: More Trump Campaign Candy Analogies

September 21, 2016 Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations this week for the final time as U.S. president. Conan O'Brien joked that Obama's rhetoric regarding nationalism and wall-building, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Obama called the Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump election "your problem now." Trump's son shared an image on Twitter...

Play of the Day: Diagramming Trump's Friday Statement

September 20, 2016 Republican VP pick Mike Pence said recently that the vice president he would most like to emulate is Dick Cheney. Late Night's Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien joked about Cheney, referencing the infamous time he shot his friend in the face during a hunting trip. Donald Trump's Friday press conference...