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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: All Sequester, All the Time

March 1, 2013 With March 1 being the official sequester day for the United States, late-night hosts spent a great deal of time on the deadline, Congress and jokes that involve them. On NBC, Tonight Show host Jay Leno had his graphics team put together an “ad campaign” against the sequester that brought...

Play of the Day: Sequester Fever... Catch It!

February 28, 2013 With the sequestration deadline nearing closer and closer , late-night hosts tried to explain the budget cuts and the affects it will have on Americans. The Tonight Show ’s graphics team put together a musical version of the sequestration negotiations and host Jay Leno used the opportunity to get another...

Play of the Day: Think Locally, Bomb Globally

February 27, 2013 With more information coming out about the Obama administration’s use of drones , Stephen Colbert took to his show to examine the implications of the program. Colbert took to task those against the program calling them “the same spoilsports who eventually ruined the Iraq war.” On NBC, Jay Leno had...

Play of the Day: The Sequester and The Oscars

February 26, 2013 Most of the late-night comedy Monday night centered on the 85th Academy Awards, including several shows joking about Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Sunday awards show. Stephen Colbert saw the appearance as a move toward government more intervention and Jay Leno saw an opportunity to bring in Joe Biden. The...

Play of the Day: Letter Carrier Couture

February 22, 2013 The news that the United States Postal Service is looking to start a clothing line finally made its way to The Late Late Show as host Craig Ferguson devoted much of his monologue to the news. Jay Leno also got in a shot at the post office in his monologue....

Play of the Day: Smell Like a Mail Carrier

February 21, 2013 With the news that Mississippi finally ratified the 13th amendment due to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln , The Daily Show went back to 19th Century News for the story. On NBC, Jay Leno compared the Senate to a certain famous ex-daytime television show and Jimmy Fallon noted the Chinese hacking attacks...

Play of the Day: Golf and Transparency

February 20, 2013 With many hosts coming back from the long weekend, late night was brimming with government and political jokes Tuesday evening. Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson went with easy digs at Congress, while Stephen Colbert came back from the short break with actual footage released by NASA, tying it to the...

Play of the Day: Presidents on President's Day

February 19, 2013 For the President’s Day holiday, the CBS late-night shows went historical, with Craig Ferguson using most of his monologue talking about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Late Show host David Letterman used the occasion to dress a man like Lincoln and harass New York pedestrians for the Top Ten List....

Play of the Day: The States (And Colbert) Take on The Banks

February 15, 2013 The controversy surrounding Iran’s new jet grabbed focus away from Valentine’s Day for Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien Thursday night, with O’Brien referencing the Denzel Washington film Flight in his joke. Over on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert commented on the prosecution of banks five years after the fiscal meltdown of...

Video: Susan Rice, Benghazi and '10,000 Pages of Evidence'

February 15, 2013 Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stopped by The Daily Show Thursday for a longer-form interview with host Jon Stewart. Stewart pressed Rice on her connection to the dissemination of information in the weeks following the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The controversy effectively prevented Rice...