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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: TSA Staff Speaks… Sort Of

June 3, 2015 This week saw South Carolina Senator -- and single man -- Lindsey Graham enter the 2016 fray. If he wins, Graham would be the first bachelor president elected in over 100 years, causing Late Night's Seth Meyers to joke about the popular ABC reality show, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy...

Play of the Day: John McCain Criticizes Rand Paul's NSA Moves

June 2, 2015 The 2016 race remains at the front of the news with new candidates declaring seemingly every day. Late Night's Seth Meyers showed a possible new Lindsey Graham campaign poster and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted Ted Cruz's love of video games with a Mario Bros. parody. On Monday, late-night...

Play of the Day: Is Bernie Sanders Crazy or Crazy Like a Fox?

May 29, 2015 With its election being held this week, the FIFA scandal is not slowing down. Among the allegations is that the international soccer governing body took bribes to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, despite its human rights abuses. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted a possible human rights abuse:...

Play of the Day: The FIFA Investigation Has Layers

May 28, 2015 The controversy around Josh Duggar and his relationship with the American conservative movements keeps building. As photos emerge of 2016 GOP candidates posing with the reality star, The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore has some campaign advice for Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and the others: Don't let those photos get out....

Play of the Day: The Daily Show Examines NSA Surveillance Again

May 27, 2015 Senator Rand Paul was a guest on The Daily Show Tuesday night, so host Jon Stewart examined the NSA surveillance program against which Paul has railed. Stewart joked about the program's similarities to the Olive Garden, prominent Republicans' comments on government overreach and even commented on the acronym that makes...

Play of the Day: Michelle Obama Will Kick Your Butt

May 22, 2015 The Defense Department released the list of reading material recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound after the Seal Team 6 raid this week and the list was surprising. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted bin Laden's possible love of video games, while Conan O'Brien joked about a book found on climate...

Play of the Day: Ask Bernie Sanders Anything... About Hillary Clinton

May 21, 2015 The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been forefront in the news lately and NBC's Seth Meyers did a segment Wednesday evening on the conversation around the TTP. The White House is on one side on the proposed plan and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is the other side, which Meyers humorously noted would...

Play of the Day: Rick Perry's White House Chances

May 20, 2015 With Barack Obama joining Twitter Monday via the @POTUS account, many around the social media platform congratulated the president this week including Bill Clinton. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted the exchange, joking about the relationship between Billy and Hillary Clinton. Rick Perry's likely to announce his 2016 plans soon...

Play of the Day: Obama Joins Twitter

May 19, 2015 Echoing Barack Obama's adventures in basketball, Vladimir Putin played in a charity hockey game over the weekend in Sochi. Unlike Obama, though, Putin's opponents were taken to school by the Russian leader as he scored eight goals. Putin's reputation was noted by late-night hosts Monday night, with Conan O'Brien and...

Play of the Day: Who Created ISIS?

May 18, 2015 Record executive L.A. Reid hosted a fundraiser last week for 2016 contender Hillary Clinton that was attended by celebrities of the music industry including Beyoncé, Meghan Trainor and Sharon Osbourne. Friday, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the guests and their relation to Bill Clinton's famous libido. Fellow 2016...