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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: Biblical Law in the American South

February 12, 2015 Wednesday marked the ninth anniversary of the day of former Vice President Dick Cheney shot his hunting companion Harry Whittington in the face in Texas. The Late Show's David Letterman marked the occasion by tying Cheney to another polarizing Texan's recent troubles. After a federal court ruling saying their ban ...

Play of the Day: A Curious Pentagon Expenditure

February 11, 2015 This week, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with the Congressional Black Caucus to sell the members on White House priorities. Late Night's Seth Meyers reminded us that Biden doesn't have the greatest record on race relations. On The Late Show, David Letterman joked about 2016 contender ...

Play of the Day: Obama's Taking Away Our High (War) Horse

February 10, 2015 The Grammys were held Sunday night on CBS, which gave The Late Show's David Letterman to connect government to the awards show. Joking about the Pope's upcoming fall visit to Congress, Letterman insinuated that all speeches must be approved by Kanye West, while his producers put together a Medicare coverage ...

Play of the Day: Prescription Drugs or Methamphetamine?

February 9, 2015 The Grammys were held Sunday night and The Late Show's David Letterman showcased some political figures who were -- and were not -- nominated for awards. Vladimir Putin's rendition of the Fats Domino classic "Blueberry Hill" didn't make the cut, but two-time Grammy winner Barack Obama did for his spoken ...

Play of the Day: Sometimes, a Family Name Can Be a Detriment

February 6, 2015 This week, Republicans unveiled an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, claiming it would be better for consumers. Conan O'Brien took opportunity to hit the GOP, saying the alternative looks like the grim reaper. Speaking of Republicans we're only a year away from a year away from 2016 primary season. ...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Weighs In On Vaccinations... And Other Things

February 5, 2015 Things are getting more acrimonious on Capitol Hill. This week, while considering a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Alcee Hastings,D-Fla., and Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, got into it a little, with Hastings calling Burgesss' home state a "crazy state." The Daily Show pointed out that a representative ...

Play of the Day: Rand Paul and Barack Obama Talk Vaccines

February 4, 2015 A judge in January struck down a South Dakota law that banned gay marriage. On The Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore congratulated the state's most famous landmark on its new freedoms. The Disneyland measles outbreak has spread to 14 states, which has prompted national politicians to weigh in on the ...

Five Charts That Show the Pentagon's Shrinking Civilian Workforce

February 3, 2015 It's well-known that the Defense Department is the largest agency in the U.S. government. President Obama's fiscal 2016 spending request for the Pentagon -- $534.3 billion -- is more than six times the next largest request of $79.9 billion for the Health and Human Services Department. According to Office of ...

Play of the Day: Old Testament Law with Mike Huckabee

February 3, 2015 Monday was Groundhog Day, so the question was posed to a certain creature as to whether we were going to have more winter or an early spring, but for The Late Show's David Letterman, it wasn't the creature you think. Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is on a book tour ...

Obama's Budget Adds 34K Federal Jobs. Would Any Be At Your Agency?

February 2, 2015 President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request may come as good news to agency hiring managers, many of whom have watched their workforce shrink in recent years. The president’s proposal would add roughly 34,500 full-time civilian jobs governmentwide, an increase of 1.6 percent over 2015 employment levels. The numbers do not ...