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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: Ted Cruz Wants to Abolish the IRS

March 25, 2015 President Barack Obama is set to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Washington soon, despite the Iraqi leader's recent criticisms of American foreign policy. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon imagined Obama's reaction and it includes quoting the inimitable Taylor Swift and a play on a-Abadi's name. Texas Senator Ted...

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz is Officially Running for President

March 24, 2015 Texan Ted Cruz announced his 2016 bid for president Monday at Liberty University. Late-night television feasted on the senator's various quirks Monday night. Among the things touched on during the shows: His being born in Canada, his views on immigration, his views on climate change and his chances at being...

Play of the Day: Municipal Violations in Florida Usually Involve Alligators or Meth

March 23, 2015 The weekly late-night shows finally got around to the Israeli election held this week. Real Time's Bill Maher looked at Benjamin Netanyahu's walking back of his comments on Israel and Palestine, comparing the flip-flop to Mitt Romney, while Last Week Tonight compared Netanyahu to Michael Jackson or a man on...

Play of the Day: Fitness (And Other) Tracking Devices at the White House

March 20, 2015 President Barack Obama is apparently looking to keep better tabs on his healthy, as he was photographed this week wearing a fitness tracker. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted this development and suggested that Secret Service members wear a very different kind of monitoring device. On other late-night shows, Conan...

Play of the Day: Dick Cheney in Playboy

March 19, 2015 The NCAA basketball tournament began this and, as in years before, President Barack Obama filled out his bracket on ESPN. Conan O'Brien suggested Obama screwed up his picks, putting Israel and Iran into the Final Four. Jeb Bush also revealed his picks and, according to The Tonight Show's Fallon, he...

Play of the Day: In This Corner... Mitt Romney?

March 18, 2015 Late-night television hosts marked St. Patrick's Day Tuesday by wearing green and joking about the holiday's American traditions. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon connected the holiday to Hillary Clinton's latest honor, while both Conan O'Brien and The Late Show's David Letterman joked about alcohol consumption and the Secret Service's most...

Play of the Day: Where Has Putin Been For 10 Days?

March 17, 2015 The Tom Cotton-penned open letter to Iran is still reverberating on late-night television. The Late Show's David Letterman looked at new media timeline for a possible nuclear deal, while Conan O'Brien joked about the usual Iraq/Iran confusion. After a 10-day absence, Vladimir Putin waltzed back into public this week. While...

Play of the Day: Clinton's Emails Are a Throwback to the 1990s

March 16, 2015 African terrorist group Boko Haram announced that it will ally itself with Middle Eastern terrorist group ISIS this week. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver examined the new agreement and found a way to compare the two groups to delicious and some not delicious foods. Hillary Clinton's email scandal continues to...

Racing Presidents Shoot Video at National Archives

March 13, 2015 The Washington Nationals, like any city's baseball team, are part of the fabric of D.C., including the federal government. The team honored feds and contractors after the 2013 Navy Yard shooting and it prominently features federal locations in its materials. Plus the Office of Personnel Management has even partnered with...

Play of the Day: The Secret Service Has Been Very Busy Lately

March 13, 2015 With a new Secret Service scandal bubbling up this week, The Late Show's David Letterman enumerated the scandals of the last few years for the department. Letterman assured everyone that everyone -- including prostitutes possibly picked up by agents -- involved in the crash was uninjured. President Barack Obama visited...