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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: 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...

Video: Obama Reads Mean Tweets on Kimmel

March 13, 2015 Barack Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, joining the ABC late-night host for three segments. Obama spoke to Kimmel about Ferguson, his daily life as president and various issues Kimmel wants Obama to resolve (long CVS receipts, Daylight Savings Time, etc.). Obama also presented one of Kimmel’s most popular...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Needs to Think About Her Number of Devices

March 12, 2015 As winter turns to spring in the United States, climate change came back into the news this week with the revelation that Florida officials banned the term from office use. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noticed a parallel Wednesday to America's mayor's use of language and pointed out the similarity....

Play of the Day: You Must Send This Letter To Five Other Rogue States in the Next 24 Hours

March 11, 2015 Even after a press conference Tuesday, Hillary Clinton's email scandal will not go away. The Late Show's David Letterman, at least, is happy that there's a Clinton scandal that's safe for work and also showed a new way current State Department chief John Kerry is communicating. Also on Tuesday night,...

Play of the Day: The President Samples Jay-Z in his Selma Speech

March 10, 2015 Hillary Clinton's email scandal continues to dot late-night television. The Late Show's David Letterman doesn't understand the scandal, but his staff did get access to video of Clinton's office in the process of gathering the 55,000 emails Clinton said she would hand over to the State Department. Also commemorated over...

Play of the Day: An Email Scandal Will Not Stop Hillary Clinton

March 9, 2015 The weekly late-night televisions shows got around to Hillary Clinton's email scandal over the weekend. Saturday Night Live's cold open featured Kate McKinnon as a power-crazed Clinton who will "rise again like a phoenix…" if she decided to run. Real Time's Bill Maher was surprised that Democrats could get a...