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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: The State of Our Union is Actually Pretty Funny

February 14, 2013 The vast majority of late-night comedy airtime Wednesday was spent on Barack Obama’s Tuesday State of the Union address. Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon both took an opportunity to mock Obama’s somewhat awkward fist bump with Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk. On Comedy Central, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart was very ...

Play of the Day: North Korean Nukes and Obama’s Speech

February 13, 2013 The comedy late-night shows tape in the late afternoon, so the hosts did not get to actually talk about Barack Obama’s fourth State of the Union address to Congress, but some did get some jokes in about the president. Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon all had ...

Storify: GovExec on #SOTU

February 12, 2013 In addition to liveblogging, the GovExec.com staff was also working on livetweeting the most-tweeted speech in the history of Twitter. The speech included many references to federal government programs, initiatives and partnerships with private industry. President Barack Obama also continually referenced trimming the budget by making government more efficient. Read ...

Storify: Nextgov's #SOTU Livetweets

February 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the most-tweeted address in history, Nextgov staff members were livetweeting the speech. Technology policy was emphasized during the State of the Union, with NASA star Bobak Ferdowsi as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. President Barack Obama devoted lengthy portions of the speech to science education, infrastructure, energy ...

Play of the Day: The Grammys, George W. Bush and the Pope

February 12, 2013 With the State of the Union upcoming, Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno took time to poke at Congress, while most shows focused on Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that he will be retiring at the end of February. The Daily Show, Craig Ferguson and Fallon all speculated on the next person ...

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 ...