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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: 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...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush Doesn't Ride a Bucking Manatee

May 15, 2015 Former State Department head and 2016 presidential candiate Hillary Clinton's brother could give her some headaches, according to some new reports. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Tony Rodham, saying that having a problematic brother named Tony will help Clinton in New Jersey. Famous brother Jeb Bush may have...

Play of the Day: Jeb Bush's Iraq Mistake

May 14, 2015 The White House commented on the ongoing Deflategate scandal in the NFL this week with Josh Earnest saying Tom Brady needs to "be mindful of the way he serves as a role model.” The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the statement Wednesday night, turning the role onto the president...

Play of the Day: Barack Obama Completes His Travels to All the States

May 13, 2015 Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a story this weekend claiming that the original reports of the bin Laden raid were massaged to fit the White House's narrative. The Late Show's David Letterman took note of the possibly different accounts of bin Laden's death Tuesday and his staff put together a...

Play of the Day: Unlike Britain, American Elections Are Always Very Porkcentric

May 12, 2015 Mother's Day was this past weekend and President Barack Obama called three different mothers who had written him letters. This was late-night fodder Monday night, as NBC's Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon joked about those lucky moms' unlucky kids, while Conan O'Brien tied the act to former president Bill Clinton's...

Last Week Tonight: Take a Cue From Japan and Get Agencies Some Mascots

May 11, 2015 Everyone knows Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl as federal agency mascots. You might've heard about Dunk, the NSA's new computer graphic mascot who encourages recycling. In fact, our Tom Shoop has written a series of Fedblog posts enumerating the various mascots agencies had during earlier days of the Internet in...

Play of the Day: The Tonight Show Memes 2016

May 11, 2015 The United States is the only developed nation in the world without mandated paid maternity leave, a subject Last Week Tonight covered on Mother's Day as its main story Sunday. Host John Oliver looked at the problems inherent with such policies, suggesting expectant mothers had better makes their birthing plans...

Play of the Day: Deflategate is a Political Story

May 8, 2015 A new report found Defense employees used purchase cards for gambling and pornographic entertainment in Atlantic City. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the main issue with the inspector general's report: Why is anyone -- including Pentagon employees -- paying for erotica in the first place? The NFL released its report...

Play of the Day: 2016's Field is the College Brochure of Presidential Politics

May 7, 2015 Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton stopped in Las Vegas recently and announced her immigration plans while in Nevada. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart joked about Clinton's inevitability, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon tied immigration to Americans celebrating Cinco de Mayo this week. Late-night TV favorite Mike Huckabee announced his entrance...