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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: How to Stem the Tide of Gun Violence

October 6, 2015 Last week, Hillary Clinton's campaign hit another snag when the International Association of Fire Fighters, a powerful firefighters union, decided not to endorse the candidate. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about this development Monday night, comparing the union member's profession to Clinton's campaign. In the aftermath of last week's...

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Play of the Day: Jason Chaffetz Doesn't Need the Secret Service to Embarrass Him

October 5, 2015 On Friday, Late Show's Stephen Colbert tackled the issue of Kevin McCarthy's recent comments on Hillary Clinton and the Select Committee on Benghazi. Comparing the two, Colbert suggested the committee's overt calculation reflected its subject. In addition to its main segment on mental illness, Last Week Tonight looked at the...

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Play of the Day: How Presidential is Donald Trump?

October 2, 2015 This week, the State Department released another batch of emails from Hillary Clinton's server during her time leading the agency. Little scandalous was in the emails, but one Veep-like email about phone problems made Late Night's Seth Meyers joke about the relationship between the Democratic frontrunner and her former boss....

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Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton Deleted Her RSVP to the Debate

October 1, 2015 Donald Trump's wife Melania gave an interview for People that posted Wednesday and late-night hosts jumped on it. Conan O'Brien compared the Slovenian national's status to Trump's immigration plan, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about how easy it is to live with Trump. The Democrats running for president will...

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Play of the Day: Putin and Obama Have an Awkward Meeting in New York

September 30, 2015 Hillary Clinton sat down with filmmaker Lena Dunham for Dunham's new newsletter to talk about the 2016 campaign. Clinton talked feminism, public service and pop culture, but it was Clinton's awkward explanation of the importance of voting that The Daily Show's Trevor Noah seemed to notice. Fittingly, Noah called it...

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Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton is Getting Taller

September 29, 2015 Recently, Jeb Bush recently came under fire for saying that black voters side with Democrats because the party says "get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff." Late Night's Seth Meyers noticed the comment and corrected Bush by suggesting that black voters don't vote for the...

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Play of the Day: Boehner is Leaving Just in Time for Halloween

September 28, 2015 Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to the United States Sunday, but Last Week Tonight's John Oliver found time in the show to joke about the pontiff. Oliver joked about Americans' reaction to the event as well as Pope Francis' wardrobe for his trip. Speaker of the House John Boehner's...

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Play of the Day: Mr. Pope Goes to Washington

September 25, 2015 Donald Trump announced this week that he would not appear on Fox News for the foreseeable future, citing unfair coverage of his campaign. Thursday night, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon tied Trump's stance to Barack Obama's treatment on the network, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that everyone could catch...

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Play of the Day: All Pope, All the Time

September 24, 2015 Pope Francis is in the United States for six days this week and was greeted Tuesday by President Barack Obama. Late-night hosts joked about the pontiff's car choice (Fiat) and Obama's appearance at Andrews Air Force Base, with The Nightly Show photoshopping Obama at an airport with a sign reading...

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Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton's Way With Words

September 22, 2015 Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson is in some hot water for saying that Islam is not consistent with the United States Constitution and he would not be comfortable with a Muslim president. Conan O'Brien tied the comments to Carson's profession, while The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked about it in...