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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: North Korea’s New Technology

August 15, 2013 Federal scientists have spent the past four months living in a small dome in Hawaii trying to best recreate living conditions on Mars. The U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology researchers were experimenting with foods to find the best foods for a manned Mars trip. Conan O’Brien joked about the findings, comparing ...

Play of the Day: The TSA is Going to be Everywhere

August 14, 2013 With news of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign is releasing an album of hip-hop songs, Conan O’Brien took opportunity to make some fitness and fat jokes. Referencing 50 Cent’s debut album, O’Brien joked that one of the songs on the Let’s Move album could be “Get Ripped or Die Tryin’” ...

Play of the Day: Australian Elections Are Just Like Ours

August 13, 2013 At the Missouri State Fair in Jefferson City, a rodeo clown donned a mask of President Barack Obama’s face to distract an angry bull. Conan O’Brien took opportunity to joke about the bull’s reaction, connecting it to the American public’s patience for Obama himself. In other sports news, ABC’s Jimmy ...

Play of the Day: Obama Meets With Antonis Samaras

August 12, 2013 Rumors continue about the upcoming Apple iPhone release, including a rumor that the phone will track every move via GPS. Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon connected this feature to the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, saying President Barack Obama was already using this feature. Last week, Obama met with Greece’s Antonis ...

Video: The Daily Show Takes on Military Sexual Assault

August 9, 2013 In May, the Pentagon released a study on the military’s long-standing problem of failing to prevent or properly handle sexual assault within its ranks. Defense has been under more scrutiny on this issue because of high-profile cases of assault and increased media interest, including the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible ...

Play of the Day: Let’s Put Reagan’s Name on Everything

August 9, 2013 NASA’s Curiosity rover recently celebrated its first year on Mars. In driving around the red planet, the rover has sent back thousands of photos to the space agency. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno noted Curiosity’s time on Mars and connected it to Anthony Weiner in his monologue Monday, making the ...

Play of the Day: The President Cancels His Date With Putin

August 8, 2013 As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, a hip hop album is going to be released for schools to teach children about healthy living. The first track was released recently and Jimmy Kimmel took note of Dr. Mehmet Oz being featured on it, saying “Well, you know ...

Obama on the Tonight Show: Diplomats ‘Don’t Get Enough Credit’

August 7, 2013 Since his election in 2008, President Barack Obama has visited every major late-night talk show and last night, he was in Southern California to visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Obama was the only guest for Leno to interview -- Patti LaBelle was a musical guest -- and Leno ...

Play of the Day: Obama and the Tax Code

August 7, 2013 Despite it being far from April, The Daily Show’s John Oliver began last night’s show with comedy about taxes. The United States tax code has not been significantly changed since Tax Reform Act of 1986, which gave Oliver opportunity to do some 80s humor, referencing the decade’s icons like Boy ...

Play of the Day: Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

August 6, 2013 With an unspecified but serious threat to Americans worldwide, the government closed several embassies across Maghreb and Middle East this week. The news made Stephen Colbert yearn for better days, when Homeland Security used a color-coded system for threat levels. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno also mentioned the news, comparing ...