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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: Unlike Britain, American Elections Are Always Very Porkcentric

May 12, 2015 Mother's Day was this past weekend and President Barack Obama called three different mothers who had written him letters. This was late-night fodder Monday night, as NBC's Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon joked about those lucky moms' unlucky kids, while Conan O'Brien tied the act to former president Bill Clinton's...

Last Week Tonight: Take a Cue From Japan and Get Agencies Some Mascots

May 11, 2015 Everyone knows Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl as federal agency mascots. You might've heard about Dunk, the NSA's new computer graphic mascot who encourages recycling. In fact, our Tom Shoop has written a series of Fedblog posts enumerating the various mascots agencies had during earlier days of the Internet in...

Play of the Day: The Tonight Show Memes 2016

May 11, 2015 The United States is the only developed nation in the world without mandated paid maternity leave, a subject Last Week Tonight covered on Mother's Day as its main story Sunday. Host John Oliver looked at the problems inherent with such policies, suggesting expectant mothers had better makes their birthing plans...

Play of the Day: Deflategate is a Political Story

May 8, 2015 A new report found Defense employees used purchase cards for gambling and pornographic entertainment in Atlantic City. Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the main issue with the inspector general's report: Why is anyone -- including Pentagon employees -- paying for erotica in the first place? The NFL released its report...

Play of the Day: 2016's Field is the College Brochure of Presidential Politics

May 7, 2015 Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton stopped in Las Vegas recently and announced her immigration plans while in Nevada. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart joked about Clinton's inevitability, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon tied immigration to Americans celebrating Cinco de Mayo this week. Late-night TV favorite Mike Huckabee announced his entrance...

Play of the Day: Casting the 2016 Movie

May 6, 2015 Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina entered the 2016 president recently, prompting The Daily Show's Jon Stewart to take note of each candidate's announcement. Fiorina staged hers in a way that reminded Stewart of daytime attorney advertising, while Huckabee's religiosity rankled Stewart. Conan O'Brien's staff put together a visual comedy bit...

Obama to Letterman: Let's Get More Veterans Jobs

May 5, 2015 President Obama joined The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night for the eighth and final time before Letterman leaves the show later this month. Obama praised Letterman's 33 years on television, telling the 68-year-old that the country has "grown up" with Letterman, and suggested some post-retirement fun for them...

Play of the Day: Texas is Not Under Martial Law

May 5, 2015 Former president Bill Clinton's wife Hillary is running for the office herself, but that doesn't mean Bill will step out of the spotlight. He told the Today show this week that he'll continue to make hundreds of thousands of dollars at speaking events to pay the bills. Explaining the comment,...

Play of the Day: Barack Obama Wants At Least One Child Left Behind

May 4, 2015 Late-night television hosts were still processing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders entrance into the 2016 race over the weekend. Real Time's Bill Maher joked about Sanders' socialist affiliation and his unique biography, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon showed video of a particularly uplifting speech. Last Week Tonight's main story Sunday...

Play of the Day: More than Just a Weekend at Bernie's

May 1, 2015 President Barack Obama visited a library in DC Thursday, telling children at the event that he is a big fan of renowned children's author Dr. Seuss. Late Night's Seth Meyers suggested Thursday that Obama likes Seuss' book for an odd reason: To help put Joe Biden to bed. Vermont's Bernie...