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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: Clinton Email Conversation or Game of Thrones?

May 27, 2016 Republican 2016 nominee Donald Trump tweeted this week that Hillary Clinton can't "close the deal" while he "had to knock out 16 very good and smart candidates." Late Night's Seth Meyers noted that Trump didn't exactly think his former GOP foes were "good" or "smart," considering the nicknames he gave...

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Play of the Day: Clinton's Email… Again

May 26, 2016 Donald Trump's newest attack on Hillary and Bill Clinton involves a debunked conspiracy that claims the couple are murderers. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah noted that it's still only May, so Trump's probably going to escalate his attacks. He may even compare her to an extinction-level event. The State Department's...

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State IG: Clinton Ignored Department Protocol in Using Private Email Server

May 25, 2016 Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton did not follow federal rules for transparency by using private email, according to a highly critical report delivered to Congress Wednesday morning. The State Department Office of the Inspector General's "Evaluation of Email Records Management and Cybersecurity Requirements" said Clinton...

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Play of the Day: Trump Narrates History's Tragedies

May 25, 2016 Kelly Hoggan, the head of security for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, was removed from his job this week and late-night took notice. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the TSA's liquid restrictions, while Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon both joked about the long lines plaguing airport...

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Play of the Day: Solving TSA's Personnel Problem

May 24, 2016 Hillary Clinton's campaign launched a new slogan – "Stronger together" – this week and late-night TV took notice. Conan O'Brien joked that her old slogan reflected her desire to be president, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon connected her slogan change to her email scandal. As the summer travel season...

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Play of the Day: Trump's Oreo Remark

May 23, 2016 The Obama administration put out a directive this week clarifying the civil rights issues with transgender students in schools and bathrooms. Chelsea Handler joked about this over the weekend, tying the bathroom directive to Michelle Obama's work on nutrition in schools. Donald Trump and Chris Christie appeared at a New...

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Play of the Day: The State of the 2016 Race

May 20, 2016 Washington, D.C. topped the annual list of fittest cities in the United States this year. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Michelle Obama's the reason for this, slapping unhealthy food out of people's hands in the nation's capital. As the 2016 race heads closer to the conventions, Bernie Sanders...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Hair is Not a Wig and Not a Combover

May 19, 2016 After winning the Kentucky primary, Hillary Clinton appears to have a clear path to the 2016 Democratic nomination. The Late Show's Stephen Colbert pointed out the numbers last night, suggesting those still supporting Bernie Sanders may not have basic arithmetic skills. Fox News' Megyn Kelly interviewed Donald Trump this week,...

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Play of the Day: Does Someone Have a Copy of the CIA Torture Report? Anyone?

May 18, 2016 President Barack Obama told Rutgers University graduates over the weekend that "ignorance is not a virtue," prompting presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump to tweet "This is a primary reason that President Obama is the worst president in U.S. history!" Trump's tweet seems to defend ignorance, which Late Show's Stephen Colbert...

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Play of the Day: Beauty Pageant Owner Objectifies Women

May 17, 2016 President Barack Obama gave a commencement speech over the weekend at Rutgers University, telling graduating students that "Ignorance is not a virtue." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the occasion, imagining what kind of speaker Trump University would ask to speak at graduation. The New York Times' front page Sunday...