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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: Jeb Bush is Not a Tough Guy

February 12, 2016 President Barack Obama's EPA encountered a roadblock in its execution of the Paris agreement this week when the Supreme Court ruled against the administration. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah devoted a segment to the ruling Thursday, joking that now other countries are going to ignore the climate rules. One of...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Has a Way With Numbers

February 11, 2016 Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won their respective New Hampshire primaries Tuesday night, something late-night TV noted Wednesday. Late Show's Stephen Colbert remembered the two men's unconventional entrances into the presidential race, while he and Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the two winners' aversion to normal hair. The Daily...

Play of the Day: Gender in the Democratic Primary

February 10, 2016 In an odd occurrence during yesterday's primary, a 600-pound pig got loose from a New Hampshire farm and ended up at a polling place in Pelham. This gave opportunity to Jimmy Kimmel to show some silly video of the pig and joke about sixth-place finisher Chris Christie's weight. Bernie Sanders...

2017 Budget Winners and Losers

February 9, 2016 President Obama’s final budget request is an exercise in optimism or fantasy, depending on your political viewpoint. The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees aren’t even pretending to take it seriously. They said they wouldn’t invite White House Budget Director Shaun Donovan to testify on the proposal,...

How Many Jobs Would Obama’s Budget Add at Your Agency?

February 9, 2016 President Obama’s $4.1 trillion fiscal 2017 budget proposal released Tuesday would add 30,700 jobs to the federal civilian workforce, marking a 1.5 percent increase over estimated employment levels this year. That is just slightly lower than the 1.6 percent increase Obama requested in the fiscal 2016 budget. The biggest percentage...

Play of the Day: Chris Christie Knows Marco Rubio is Caught in a Loop

February 9, 2016 Monday's late-night talk shows got to the botched entrance at the GOP debate Saturday night. Jimmy Kimmel broke down the weird entrance, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about Jeb Bush's place in the whole debacle. Saturday's spat between Chris Christie and Marco...

Play of the Day: That Awkward Debate Entrance

February 8, 2016 Ted Cruz last week revealed that he sings broadway showtunes to his wife when he's stressed. This news was fodder for jokes on Saturday Night Live over the weekend with Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost saying that's what normal couples call "irreconcilable differences." Jost also joked about Cruz's favorite musical...

Play of the Day: 'Please Clap' for Jeb Bush

February 5, 2016 Marco Rubio's campaign is trying a new method to connect with young voters: Millennial slang on campaign merchandise. His new offering is a blue shirt adorned with a photo of the candidate and "Ru(bae)o" printed beneath. Conan O'Brien joked about the shirt Thursday, saying it's such a desperate attempt to...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson Isn't Dropping Out. He Just Needed Fresh Clothes

February 4, 2016 After losing Iowa to Ted Cruz, Donald Trump went on a strange Twitter run Wednesday, including a tweet accusing Cruz of illegally stealing the caucus. Conan O'Brien joked about the tweet Wednesday, saying Trump knows elections are to be won, not stolen, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah suggested that...

Play of the Day: Money Finally Gets Its Revenge on Bernie Sanders

February 3, 2016 Late-night television got to the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night and hit one of the big takeaways: Donald Trump can be gracious in defeat. Late Show's Stephen Colbert wondered if that version of Trump was a pod person, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah compared the speech to a dirty movie...