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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: Friends Don't Let Friends Drone Drunk

January 28, 2015 After the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, President Barack Obama lead a delegation to the Middle East kingdom this week to repair his diplomatic standing in the world. Conan O'Brien looked at the people he met there, while The Late Show's video team put together a look at the ...

Play of the Day: Sarah Palin is Back and Making Just as Much Sense as Ever

January 27, 2015 American Sniper is not just a critical and financial success, the film is also controversial for its portrayal of the war in Iraq and the film's subject Chris Kyle. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore, however, is here to clear one thing up about the war itself: just how bad it ...

Play of the Day: The President and the New England Patriots

January 26, 2015 Reactions to the State of the Union address keep coming. Late-night hosts joked about President Barack Obama's comments about winning elections burned some in attendance, leaving Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost to make note of reactions. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon also touched on the reaction theme, poking some gentle ...

TSA Does Its Job, Finds More Guns in Carry-ons Than Ever Before

January 23, 2015 The Transportation Security Administration posted its 2014 year in review on its blog Friday and in it, the agency announced it had discovered more than 2,000 firearms in carry-on luggage during the year, in over 224 airports. The 2,212 firearms were not all loaded, but the blog post noted that ...

Play of the Day: Trading Cigars and Shortstops for Type II Diabetes

January 23, 2015 Tonight Show favorite Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with Republican leaders and host Jimmy Fallon made note again of Biden's reputation among Democrats and his general awesomeness. Fallon also took a look at a recent Barack Obama speech at Boise State University and made a joke about the president's ...

Play of the Day: The State of Ernie Moniz's Hair

January 22, 2015 With President Barack Obama's presentation of the State of the Union Address Tuesday, late-night TV got to it Wednesday night. Obama's dig at Republicans during the speech, in the words of The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon, about winning elections was full of shade, while The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore wanted ...

Play of the Day: Obama's Many Guests at the State of the Union

January 21, 2015 President Barack Obama held his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, but late-night TV shows tape before the speech is given. As such, The Daily Show gave a scenario of an Obama enemy's idea of such a speech. It involved Joe Biden without pants and the president burning a ...

Storify: GovExec Live-tweets the 2015 State of the Union

January 20, 2015 President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night and promoted several new proposals in the final years of his presidency. The White House positioned the speech in social media terms, with multiple hashtags, a long lead-up on YouTube and, for the first time, released the ...

Play of the Day: John Kerry Loves French Things

January 20, 2015 Mitt Romney is mulling a 2016 presidential run and the former governor of Massachusetts is always a good punching bag for late-night comedians. Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update compared Romney to Charlie Brown and a computer, while Conan O'Brien looked at a recent poll of Republican interest in the candidate. ...

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz is Leading a Science Subcommittee

January 16, 2015 With Mitt Romney's recent exploration of the possibility of a 2016 run, the erstwhile candidate remains the main point of humor on late-night shows. David Letterman compiled some reactions from other candidates, while Conan O'Brien looked at the idea of Romney himself slamming the idea. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon ...