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: Solving TSA's Personnel Problem

May 24, 2016 Hillary Clinton's campaign launched a new slogan – "Stronger together" – this week and late-night TV took notice. Conan O'Brien joked that her old slogan reflected her desire to be president, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon connected her slogan change to her email scandal. As the summer travel season...

Play of the Day: Trump's Oreo Remark

May 23, 2016 The Obama administration put out a directive this week clarifying the civil rights issues with transgender students in schools and bathrooms. Chelsea Handler joked about this over the weekend, tying the bathroom directive to Michelle Obama's work on nutrition in schools. Donald Trump and Chris Christie appeared at a New...

Play of the Day: The State of the 2016 Race

May 20, 2016 Washington, D.C. topped the annual list of fittest cities in the United States this year. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Michelle Obama's the reason for this, slapping unhealthy food out of people's hands in the nation's capital. As the 2016 race heads closer to the conventions, Bernie Sanders...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Hair is Not a Wig and Not a Combover

May 19, 2016 After winning the Kentucky primary, Hillary Clinton appears to have a clear path to the 2016 Democratic nomination. The Late Show's Stephen Colbert pointed out the numbers last night, suggesting those still supporting Bernie Sanders may not have basic arithmetic skills. Fox News' Megyn Kelly interviewed Donald Trump this week,...

Play of the Day: Does Someone Have a Copy of the CIA Torture Report? Anyone?

May 18, 2016 President Barack Obama told Rutgers University graduates over the weekend that "ignorance is not a virtue," prompting presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump to tweet "This is a primary reason that President Obama is the worst president in U.S. history!" Trump's tweet seems to defend ignorance, which Late Show's Stephen Colbert...

Play of the Day: Beauty Pageant Owner Objectifies Women

May 17, 2016 President Barack Obama gave a commencement speech over the weekend at Rutgers University, telling graduating students that "Ignorance is not a virtue." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the occasion, imagining what kind of speaker Trump University would ask to speak at graduation. The New York Times' front page Sunday...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Fake Publicist

May 16, 2016 Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign has made some news recently by stating that a Clinton White House would open up UFO files to the public. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked that this is all good and well, except all those files are on a private server. According to the Washington...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump and His Tax Returns

May 13, 2016 Donald Trump this week said his proposal to ban all Muslim immigration to the United States was just a "suggestion." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked Thursday that his hair was also a "suggestion," while Conan O'Brien joked that the entire Trump campaign is an elaborate bar bet Trump refuses to...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Nickname for Bernie Sanders

May 12, 2016 A Mexican judge this week ruled that notorious Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán could be extradited to the United States. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about this move Wednesday night, saying "who are we exactly trying to keep out with that giant wall?" During the course of...

Play of the Day: The Barack Obama Ice Cream Bar

May 11, 2016 According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are nearly tied in Florida. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump's doing so well because of his orange hue reminds voters of the state's signature fruit, while Conan O'Brien joked that Trump is doing well with meth...

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