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Ross Gianfortune

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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: Trump Doesn't Care About Your Traditions

8:48 AM ET The final presidential debate provided some memorable moments, including Donald Trump saying "we've got some bad hombres" during the immigration portion of the debate. Jimmy Kimmel joked with his sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez about Trump's pronunciation of "hombre," while Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked that Trump sounds like he's running for...

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Play of the Day: The Debate Was All About Puppets and Cliffhangers

October 20, 2016 The third and final presidential debate was held Wednesday night in Las Vegas and Hillary Clinton was dressed for the occasion. The Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked that Clinton looked like "Star Trek Deep Space Pope," while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about the fashion police. One of the...

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Play of the Day: WikiLeaks Releases More Information From Mind of the Clinton Campaign

October 19, 2016 After the release earlier this month of video of Donald Trump and Billy Bush making sexist and lewd comments, many questioned how Trump's wife Melania felt about the video release. Melania Trump was interviewed by Anderson Cooper this week, saying her husband "was led on, like egg[ed] on, from the...

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Play of the Day: Only a Loser Loses an Election… Unless It's Rigged

October 18, 2016 Donald Trump has spent the last few weeks claiming -- despite most polling -- he is actually winning the 2016 election, but that Hillary Clinton has an edge this year… including suggesting she is on drugs. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about Clinton quoting Michelle Obama at the second debate,...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Now Promising Heaven

October 17, 2016 Last week was an eventful one for the 2016 presidential campaign. Overshadowing the WikiLeaks dump of Clinton campaign emails exposing shadiness were revelations that Donald Trump allegedly sexually assaulted multiple women. As Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked, "who would've thought notorious mastermind hacker Julian Assange would do less damage...

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Play of the Day: Trump, Cosby and Clinton

October 14, 2016 One of the revelations in the latest Wikileaks email dump shows that Hillary Clinton may not get along all that well with her daughter's mother-in-law. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying voters might find the likability-lacking candidate more relatable now. After The New York Times published...

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Play of the Day: Clinton, Kaine and Wall Street

October 13, 2016 At a Florida rally this week, Donald Trump told his supporters to "make sure you get out and vote Nov. 28." Late Night's Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the gaffe, saying Trump might use the Nov. 9 election results as an excuse to call shenanigans...

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Play of the Day: Trump is Now Unshackled

October 12, 2016 Hillary Clinton appeared with Al Gore at a rally this week in South Florida. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the former 2000 candidate appearing in the Sunshine State, saying it's like bringing Joe Frazier to Manila. After a period of falling poll numbers and establishment Republican defections, Donald Trump...

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Play of the Day: The 'Locker Room Talk' Excuse

October 11, 2016 Sunday night's debate gave late-night hosts plenty of material Monday night. Stephen Colbert joked about Hillary Clinton's answer to the final town hall question by saying that Clinton's favorite thing about Donald Trump is "five other people," while Full Frontal's Samantha Bee noted that Trump questioning Clinton's ineffectiveness lowering federal...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump is Confused About a Few Things

October 10, 2016 After a video surfaced Friday showing Donald Trump bragging about unwanted sexual advances in lewd terms, weekend late-night shows featured jokes about the GOP nominee. Fox News' Greg Gutfeld noted that Trump's midnight Facebook apology wasn't really that, while Last Week Tonight's John Oliver joked about Trump's "we're living in...