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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: Casting the 2016 Movie

May 6, 2015 Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina entered the 2016 president recently, prompting The Daily Show's Jon Stewart to take note of each candidate's announcement. Fiorina staged hers in a way that reminded Stewart of daytime attorney advertising, while Huckabee's religiosity rankled Stewart. Conan O'Brien's staff put together a visual comedy bit...

Obama to Letterman: Let's Get More Veterans Jobs

May 5, 2015 President Obama joined The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night for the eighth and final time before Letterman leaves the show later this month. Obama praised Letterman's 33 years on television, telling the 68-year-old that the country has "grown up" with Letterman, and suggested some post-retirement fun for them...

Play of the Day: Texas is Not Under Martial Law

May 5, 2015 Former president Bill Clinton's wife Hillary is running for the office herself, but that doesn't mean Bill will step out of the spotlight. He told the Today show this week that he'll continue to make hundreds of thousands of dollars at speaking events to pay the bills. Explaining the comment,...

Play of the Day: Barack Obama Wants At Least One Child Left Behind

May 4, 2015 Late-night television hosts were still processing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders entrance into the 2016 race over the weekend. Real Time's Bill Maher joked about Sanders' socialist affiliation and his unique biography, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon showed video of a particularly uplifting speech. Last Week Tonight's main story Sunday...

Play of the Day: More than Just a Weekend at Bernie's

May 1, 2015 President Barack Obama visited a library in DC Thursday, telling children at the event that he is a big fan of renowned children's author Dr. Seuss. Late Night's Seth Meyers suggested Thursday that Obama likes Seuss' book for an odd reason: To help put Joe Biden to bed. Vermont's Bernie...

Play of the Day: The Clinton Campaign's New Logos

April 30, 2015 In anticipation of a dinner in honor of Japan's Shinzo Abe's visit this week, the White House unveiled its new flatware. The Late Show's staff put together a video showing the unveiling to First Lady Michelle Obama and you might be surprised at some of the patterns on the dishes,...

Play of the Day: The Efficacy of Baltimore's Curfews

April 29, 2015 The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on gay marriage this week and a decision could make it the law of the land by this summer. Citing Samuel Alito's suggestion that ancient Greece didn't have same-sex marriage, Conan O'Brien joked about other things invented since then to be banned by the...

Play of the Day: Obama Yuks It Up All Over the Place

April 28, 2015 Bruce Jenner's interview with Dianne Sawyer Friday sparked not only the news that Jenner is transgender, but also that the former Olympian is a conservative Republican. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon suggested Jenner could be the only Republican to beat Hillary Clinton, while Conan O'Brien suggested Jenner would be using...

Play of the Day: Hillary Takes to Yelp

April 27, 2015 This year marks the 100th anniversary of the slaughtering of over a million Armenians by the Ottoman government, commonly referred to as the Armenian Genocide. The White House, however, doesn't call it a genocide, even though -- as Last Week Tonight's John Oliver pointed out Sunday -- Senator Barack Obama...

Play of the Day: Meet the NSA's New Recycling Mascot

April 24, 2015 President Barack Obama gave a speech on Earth Day at Florida's Everglades National Park and even toured the park a bit with local rangers. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted that Obama didn't look presidential in the accompanying photo opportunity, but rather like something from a crime procedural drama. Late...