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: 'Basket of Deplorables' Was Not the Right Term

September 13, 2016 Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia last week, but her campaign was less than transparent about her health issues on the campaign trail. As Jimmy Kimmel put it Monday night, the conspiracy theories about Clinton "would be harder to believe if they didn't actually come true." Clinton is under fire...

Play of the Day: Sarcasm, Kim Jong-Un's Hair and North Korean Nukes

September 12, 2016 With the candidates' health in the news, Chelsea Handler joked about Donald Trump's doctor and Trump's nutrition regimen Friday. She also joked about Hillary Clinton's recent health problems by saying we might want a president who doesn't "need to be airlifted up a flight of stairs." Last week, North Korea...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Plans

September 9, 2016 Mike Pence broke with Donald Trump this week by saying he believes Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, saying Pence still hasn't clarified whether or he he was born in Legoland. Trump and Hillary Clinton spoke at a forum on military policy...

Photos: The 9/11 Attacks

September 9, 2016 Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Nearly 3,000 people died, including 125 at the Pentagon. As Kellie Lunney writes, the attacks taught Americans "painful but valuable lessons about survival, leadership and community." The whole of the federal government was involved in...

Play of the Day: Giving Hillary Clinton a More Presidential Look

September 8, 2016 Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz endorsed Hillary Clinton this week, saying that it's "obvious" that she should be the next president. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Starbucks' famed problems with names, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the coffee chain's seasonal predilection toward all things pumpkin. During an...

Play of the Day: Obama, Trump and Stairs

September 7, 2016 At a weekend rally, Hillary Clinton had a coughing fit while she addressed the crowd. The Tonight Show's video team uncovered why Clinton was coughing: She's trying to court millennials by vaping during speeches. Barack Obama was in China recently for the G20 summit, but Chinese officials did not grant...

Play of the Day: Trump Can Solve Chicago's Crime Problem.. But He Can't Tell Us About It Yet

September 6, 2016 On Friday, the FBI released the results of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of email. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld noted the Blackberry devices the FBI wrote that Clinton lost, tying it to one of the more prurient parts of Bill Clinton's biggest scandal. Donald Trump claimed recently that he...

Play of the Day: Trump Hardens His Immigration Plans… Again

September 2, 2016 After his conciliatory trip to Mexico, Donald Trump gave a heated speech on immigration back in the United States. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the hardening and softening of Trump's immigration views lately, comparing the candidate to a Cialis ad, while Late Show'sStephen Colbert joked about Trump's roller coaster nature. Late-night...

Play of the Day: Trump Goes to Mexico

September 1, 2016 This week, Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine pressed Donald Trump to release his financial and health records. As Late Night's Seth Meyers joked, perhaps anyone associated with Hillary Clinton should probably keep quiet on record keeping and public disclosures. Republican nominee Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto...

Play of the Day: Trump and Clinton Prep for the Debate

August 31, 2016 A new study was published this month indicating that dogs undersand human language in ways previously not known. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the study, saying Hillary Clinton's dog Tally knows too much. The first general election debate will be held next month at New York's Hofstra University and...

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