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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: Trump's Reaction to Brexit

8:49 AM ET Britons shocked the world last week when they voted to leave the European Union in a vote known colloquially as "Brexit." The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Prime Minister David Cameron's post-Brexit resignation in connection with the U.S. election, while British native John Oliver of Last Week Tonight joked...

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Play of the Day: A Sit-in on the Hill

June 24, 2016 Democrats spent more than 24 hours sitting on the House floor as part of a protest to get the Republican House majority to hold votes on gun-control measures. Late-night hosts joked about the protest, with Late Show's Stephen Colbert, Late Night's Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joking...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Business Acumen

June 23, 2016 Bernie Sanders admitted this week that he may not be the Democratic candidate for president, prompting late-night hosts to take some swings at his waning campaign. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Sanders' advanced age, while Conan O'Brien noted Sanders' refusal to drop out of the race. Hillary Clinton and...

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Play of the Day: So Many Hillary Clinton Movies

June 22, 2016 Donald Trump's campaign finance number have surprised a few people, as the real estate mogul has far less money on hand for the general election than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Late Show's Stephen Colbert wondered why we trusted a man who's clearly overcompensating with all those buildings, while The...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump and 'America First'

June 21, 2016 Chelsea Clinton gave birth to her second child – a boy she and her husband named Aidan – over the weekend. Late-night TV joked about the joyous occasion Monday night. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the baby being a Bernie Sanders supporter, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon referenced...

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Play of the Day: Presidential Love Letters

June 20, 2016 In the wake of the Orlando shooting, Last Week Tonight spent the first half of his show Sunday on gun control. Oliver joked about the Centers for Disease Control's funding restrictions about studying gun violence and the restrictions on ATF's gun registration paper records. Love letters from John F. Kennedy...

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Play of the Day: Guns and the Terror Watch List

June 17, 2016 Donald Trump recently asked one of his crowds to shout out names of potential VP picks for his presidential run. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Trump's relationship with Chris Christie and the make up of Trump's crowds. With gun control a major topic this week, many have supported a...

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Play of the Day: Obama Says 'Radical Islam'

June 16, 2016 A new poll released this week showed Democrat Hillary Clinton polling 12 points ahead of Republican Donald Trump in the presidential race. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about this Wednesday, saying Clinton has a new slogan taken from the Terminator franchise. Barack Obama criticized those who've taken issue with his...

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Play of the Day: Happy Birthday, Donald Trump

June 15, 2016 After the massacre in Orlando over the weekend, both major-party candidates spoke about the role of social media in radical Islamic terrorism. Hillary Clinton talked about monitoring ISIS communications, which caused The Daily Show's Trevor Noah to joke about her email, while Noah and Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about...

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Play of the Day: Late Night Tries to Process the Orlando Massacre

June 14, 2016 After the weekend shooting in Orlando left 50 dead, late-night comedians spend much of Monday night without jokes. Samantha Bee led off her show asking if she could just scream, while Late Night's Seth Meyers used his monologue segment to go through the facts of the shooting (including making jokes...