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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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Conservative Blogger Wants GOP to Shut Down the Government Over Planned Parenthood

July 31, 2015 The federal government is in danger of a shutdown this fall over a disagreement between Republicans and the Obama administration on broad spending levels. But, if influential blogger Erick Erickson has his way, there will be a shutdown for a narrower reason. Erickson wants lawmakers to protest funding to reproductive...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump is a Human Emoji

July 31, 2015 In an interview this week, Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton was asked about her greatest weaknesses and strengths. Late Night's Seth's Meyers joked about the interview by getting in a dig at Clinton's failed 2008 campaign. Donald Trump's 2016 campaign continues to make news. Meyes figured out why Trump said...

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Play of the Day: The 2016 Dream Team

July 30, 2015 Politico reported this week that the White House tried to cultivate The Daily Show staff by inviting host Jon Stewart to Washington to confer with the president. Stewart addressed the issue Wednesday and joked that he met Obama there, along with the Area 51 alien and the King of Rock...

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Play of the Day: Obama's Adventures in Africa

July 29, 2015 Singer Katy Perry met with two former presidents this week after attending attended the annual World May Hear Gala in Minnesota. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the event by mocking Bill Clinton's libido and Perry's outstanding dancers at her Super Bowl halftime performance. President Barack Obama's trip to...

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Play of the Day: ISIS Has a Better Online Operation Than Time Warner

July 28, 2015 Over the weekend, New Jersey governor and 2016 GOP hopeful Chris Christie visited the Italian-American Heritage Festival in Des Moines as part of an Iowa campaign swing. Christie's girth became the butt of jokes Tuesday on The Tonight Show as host Jimmy Fallon hit Christie about the trip. On The...

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Play of the Day: Selling Crack to the President

July 27, 2015 Recently, Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo speculated that Donald Trump is not a real Republican candidate for president, but rather a plant from the Democrats to disrupt the GOP primary. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted this development, joking that Trump is really just Bill Clinton in a bad wig. Last...

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Play of the Day: Donald Trump is All the GOP Candidates in One Man

July 24, 2015 The Obama administration says it is finalizing a plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Late Night's Seth Meyers has a suggestion for Gitmo: Put up a Radioshack sign and let nature takes its course. Donald Trump continues his campaign to the delight of late-night hosts. His visit to...

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Play of the Day: John Kasich is Mr. Excitement

July 23, 2015 Donald Trump continues to make headlines as the 2016 campaign continues. The Des Moines Register told the real estate mogul to drop out of the race, while his FEC filing caused Late Night's Seth Meyers to joke about Trump's various business interests. Ohio governor John Kasich entered the 2016 GOP...

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On His Final Daily Show Appearance, Obama Touts Feds, Efficient Government

July 22, 2015 President Obama made his seventh and final appearance with Jon Stewart Tuesday night before the comedian steps down from the show in August. Since 2005, the president has visited with The Daily Show to talk politics, tout the Affordable Care Act and talk about plans for his presidency. In a...

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Play of the Day: Lindsey Graham Should Probably Change His Phone Number

July 22, 2015 A month after the Confederate Flag controversy, Charleston saw dueling rallies at the South Carolina Capitol Building featuring the Ku Klux Klan and New Black Panther Party. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore joked about the bookings, comparing it to booking Bill Cosby at a narcolepsy convention. During a speech television...