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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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Video: Fox Show Rips Feds, AFGE Chief on Valentine's Day

February 17, 2015 Fox News host David Asman brought together a panel on Valentine's Day to discuss the role of the federal government and government workers. It was hardly a love letter to feds, though. The panelists on the financial show Forbes on Fox apparently don't hold civil servants in high regard. Asman ...

Play of the Day: Ginsburg Prepares Her Own Martinis

February 17, 2015 With Monday being Presidents Day, The Late Show's Seth Meyers joked about perpetual -- though not in 20126, if he's to be believed -- candidate Mitt Romney's gentle sigh of an acknowledgement of the holiday. Another 2016 contender, Jeb Bush, recently got the approval of his mother to run for ...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush Should've Been More Candid Over Email

February 13, 2015 In anticipation of a 2016 presidential run, Republican contender Jeb Bush released emails he wrote during his time as Florida governor. Controversy erupted when his staff didn't redact enough information, but The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon thinks the actual content of Bush's more conversational emails is the issue. Bush's people ...

Play of the Day: Biblical Law in the American South

February 12, 2015 Wednesday marked the ninth anniversary of the day of former Vice President Dick Cheney shot his hunting companion Harry Whittington in the face in Texas. The Late Show's David Letterman marked the occasion by tying Cheney to another polarizing Texan's recent troubles. After a federal court ruling saying their ban ...

Play of the Day: A Curious Pentagon Expenditure

February 11, 2015 This week, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with the Congressional Black Caucus to sell the members on White House priorities. Late Night's Seth Meyers reminded us that Biden doesn't have the greatest record on race relations. On The Late Show, David Letterman joked about 2016 contender ...

Play of the Day: Obama's Taking Away Our High (War) Horse

February 10, 2015 The Grammys were held Sunday night on CBS, which gave The Late Show's David Letterman to connect government to the awards show. Joking about the Pope's upcoming fall visit to Congress, Letterman insinuated that all speeches must be approved by Kanye West, while his producers put together a Medicare coverage ...

Play of the Day: Prescription Drugs or Methamphetamine?

February 9, 2015 The Grammys were held Sunday night and The Late Show's David Letterman showcased some political figures who were -- and were not -- nominated for awards. Vladimir Putin's rendition of the Fats Domino classic "Blueberry Hill" didn't make the cut, but two-time Grammy winner Barack Obama did for his spoken ...

Play of the Day: Sometimes, a Family Name Can Be a Detriment

February 6, 2015 This week, Republicans unveiled an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, claiming it would be better for consumers. Conan O'Brien took opportunity to hit the GOP, saying the alternative looks like the grim reaper. Speaking of Republicans we're only a year away from a year away from 2016 primary season. ...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Weighs In On Vaccinations... And Other Things

February 5, 2015 Things are getting more acrimonious on Capitol Hill. This week, while considering a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Alcee Hastings,D-Fla., and Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, got into it a little, with Hastings calling Burgesss' home state a "crazy state." The Daily Show pointed out that a representative ...

Play of the Day: Rand Paul and Barack Obama Talk Vaccines

February 4, 2015 A judge in January struck down a South Dakota law that banned gay marriage. On The Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore congratulated the state's most famous landmark on its new freedoms. The Disneyland measles outbreak has spread to 14 states, which has prompted national politicians to weigh in on the ...