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Michael Catalini

Michael Catalini Michael Catalini is a staff correspondent covering the U.S. Senate at National Journal Daily. Previously at National Journal, he reported on national politics and was deputy editor of Influence Alley, covering Congress and K Street. Before joining National Journal he oversaw coverage of the Baltimore Ravens at The Baltimore Sun. While at The Sun, he also pioneered the use of live-streaming video, organized and edited online content and wrote breaking and feature news. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in journalism and has a master's degree in government from Johns Hopkins.
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It's now a 2-woman race for top Democrat on House spending panel

September 28, 2012 Our colleagues report for National Journal subscribers the latest on the race for top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee: Rep. Jim Moran is out, leaving Reps. Nita Lowey of New York and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio. Katy O'Donnell on the state of the race: Both women bill themselves as tough...

What you need to know about the stopgap spending measure

September 11, 2012 Our colleagues at National Journal Daily, report Republicans in Congress agreed to the $1.047 trillion stop-gap budget measure -- which you might know as the continuing resolution -- to avoid a spending battle during the lame-duck session. Here's a look at some keys aspects of the CR. National Journal subscribers...

Van Hollen to GOP on debt: You built that

September 6, 2012 It did not take Chris Van Hollen long after taking center stage in Charlotte to engage his Republican counterpart on the Budget Committee, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat and the ranking member on the Budget Committee, used a central theme of the Republican convention, "We...

Former Veterans Affairs official jabs Romney over war in Afghanistan

September 5, 2012 Mitt Romney handed Democrats an opportunity last week when he didn't mention U.S. troops or the war in Afghanistan in his acceptance speech, and they wasted no time in grabbing it. On the first night of the Democratic convention in Charlotte, disabled Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth -- a candidate...

Public really dislikes Congress

August 14, 2012 Just 10 percent of Americans approved of Congress in August, down six points from last month, and tied with February as the lowest rating in Gallup's 38-year history of the measure. The approval rating has been below 20 percent every month since 2011. Before 2007, Congress's approval rating had been...

Congress formally adjourns until Sept. 10

August 7, 2012 The House and Senate formally adjourned until Sept. 10 on Tuesday morning eliminating the need for pro forma sessions over the August break. The House voted to adjourn, reversing itself after all Democrats and 78 Republicans voted last week to defeat the Senate's adjournment resolution, during a pro forma session....

Another typo ties up GOP regulations bill, briefly

July 26, 2012 The Republican Red Tape Reduction Act, which stalled briefly on Wednesday because of a typo, hit another snag on Thursday: The measure to fix the error also contained a mistake. Democrats consented on the floor to fix the error, but only after pricking Republicans for the mistake. "I assume that...

Democrats won't fix GOP typo in regulations bill

July 25, 2012 House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer says his party won't agree to fix a typo in a GOP regulations bill that significantly alters the meaning of the measure. The bill calls for a moratorium on "significant" regulations (defined as costing the economy more than $100 million) until the unemployment rate hits...

Congress commemorates fallen Capitol police officers

July 25, 2012 The somber notes of taps filled the first floor of the Capitol on Tuesday, as dozens of police officers bowed their heads while others saluted. One officer wiped his eyes. The U.S. Congress paused to remember Detective John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut of the Capitol Police who were killed...

Military contractors to take aim at Defense cuts -- and other news

July 18, 2012 Here are some headlines: The WaPo reports that "House Republicans will call on the leaders of major military contracting firms Wednesday to detail how they plan to deal with the roughly $500 billion in defense spending cuts set to take effect over the next decade." Sen. Charles Schumer writes in...

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