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Ross Gianfortune

Senior Web Producer Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production 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: ‘Mr. Magoo’ Came Up With the Solution

September 11, 2013 While most late-night shows tape before he spoke, President Barack Obama’s Tuesday Oval Office address was fodder for The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno and The Late Show’s David Letterman. Leno brought polls into his joke, while Letterman’s Top Ten list enumerated things Americans don’t want to hear in such an ...

Play of the Day: What to Do With Dictators in Syria and North Korea

September 10, 2013 PBS aired an interview with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad Monday, which gave late-night hosts an opportunity to joke about the interview. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took umbrage at Assad citing a lack of popular American support for intervention into Syria, calling Assad “Mr. Gallup,” while Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon ...

Play of the Day: John Kerry’s Provocative Tongue

September 9, 2013 The 2013 G-20 Russia Summit ended Friday, with heads of leading economics meeting to discuss the financial state world. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno commented on the stated goal of the annual summit, joking that the nations are not doing a good job of aiding “global financial security.” He also ...

Play of the Day: Putin and Obama Are Together Again at the G20

September 6, 2013 With debate continuing about an American course of action regarding the situation in Syria, late-night TV hosts continue to joke about it. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno mentioned Republicans supporting President Barack Obama’s plan for strikes, saying that the only time both parties can come together is when we’re going ...

Play of the Day: Hold On, Secretary Kerry. John McCain Has Two Pair

September 5, 2013 The debate about a possible series of strikes against Syria continues to be a main point on late-night television Wednesday night. Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon tied President Barack Obama’s continuing remarks on the topic to Sesame Street’s new focus for its programming, while The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno joked about ...

Play of the Day: Assad Has The World’s Least Successful Mustache

September 4, 2013 Last month, a misprint created a problem on copies of $100 bills, so the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has been tasked with destroying 30 million of the defective currency. The Late Show’s staff put together a video explaining the errors, saying the problem was a photo of Ben Franklin ...

Finding Common Ground at the FAA

September 3, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes In 2009, the stakes were high for the Federal Aviation Administration as it worked to modernize the nation's air traffic control operations. The agency was facing looming deadlines to implement the Next Generation Air Transportation System. At the same ...

Play of the Day: Deploy the Warships to Khloe and Lamar!

August 30, 2013 After a misprint that created a problem with the “In God We Trust” motto, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has to destroy 30 million $100 dollar bills. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno joked that the misprint was that God himself didn’t want to be associated with a nation that ...

Play of the Day: Time to Think About Syria

August 29, 2013 With the White House mulling action against Syria this week, late-night comedians took notice at the news. David Letterman mentioned that President Barack Obama could now claim to start wars for other presidents to clean up, while Jay Leno joked about the administration’s quote saying the nation “must be held ...

Play of the Day: How, Exactly, is the NSA Using Its Resources?

August 28, 2013 The plan to cut down on counterfeiting of the American $100 bill hit a snag earlier this month, with 30 million of the bills having been printed incorrectly. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno joked about the story Tuesday, saying we could put the incorrect bills to good use by sending ...