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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: Don't Worry, The NSA Archived All of Hillary Clinton's Email

March 4, 2015 The big news Tuesday was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress. The Daily Show noted the White House's icy reception, though host Jon Stewart wondered if Joe Biden was absent out of fears he'd try to massage Netanyahu's wife Sara like he did Stephanie Carter. Late Night's Seth ...

Play of the Day: Jim Inhofe Has a Secret Weapon to Disprove Global Warming

March 3, 2015 The Conservative Political Action Conference finished over the weekend, with a parade of Republican and conservative politicians giving speeches to the assembled crowds just outside Washington, D.C., causing late night comedians to mock them. Late Night's Seth Meyers highlighted Jeb Bush's claim to be a Washington outsider (despite his family ...

Play of the Day: The Dress is Really Just a Symbol

March 2, 2015 Social media and the blogosphere blew up late last week when a photo of a dress circulated. Some saw it as blue and black, while others saw it as gold and white, but everyone was talking about it… including late-night TV hosts. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver tied it to ...

Play of the Day: The Plight of the Whistleblowers

February 27, 2015 At 12:01 am Thursday, residents of the District of Columbia could legally smoke marijuana, causing Republicans to threaten DC officials with jail time as it goes forward. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about a very high profile smoker in the nation's capital. The Daily Show spent its first segment ...

Play of the Day: The Real Question If Homeland Security Shuts Down

February 26, 2015 Aaron Schock is under fire for possible misuse of company funds, thanks to stories that he violated House ethics rules. The Associated Press is reporting that Schock spent "more than $40,000 for at least a dozen flights" and other reports have him taking his staff to a Katy Perry concert ...

Play of the Day: Diamond Joe's Rites of Passage

February 25, 2015 With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department possible, Conan O'Brien noted that a big threat would be TSA agents working without pay. Of course, O'Brien says TSA workers aren't in it for the money, but rather the looks they get to see at the x-ray machines. The Daily ...

Play of the Day: Obama Loves America… Or Does He?

February 24, 2015 The Oscars were held Sunday night and politically-charged speeches made as many headlines as the results of the evening. Conan O'Brien noted the speeches made by Patricia Arquette and Alejandro González Iñárritu, while Jimmy Fallon's staff Photoshopped creepy Joe Biden into one of the night's strangest moments. Rudy Giuliani's comments ...

Play of the Day: How to Campaign For the Bench

February 23, 2015 Jeb Bush is looking at a run for White House next year and, understandably, comparisons to his older brother have become common chatter in the political sphere. The Late Show's David Letterman joked about George W. Bush's famed issues with the English language and connected the brothers to the no. ...

Play of the Day: Spot the Similarities in the Bushes

February 20, 2015 North Korean's Kim Jong-un debuted a new haircut yesterday, which prompted Late Night's Seth Meyers to spend much of his monologue mocking the hermit kingdom's despotic leader. Most notably, Meyers joked that Kim's pompadour means he'll finally get to ride Space Mountain. Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush's prospects may have taken ...

Play of the Day: Diamond Joe Strikes Again

February 19, 2015 Jeb Bush gave a speech Wednesday that sketched out his foreign policy plans as he prepares for a 2016 run, which brought late-night hosts opportunity to tie him to his family. Seth Meyers joked that Jeb's outline will be colored in by George and Conan O'Brien joked about his mother's ...