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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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Senate Republicans Float Plan to Open Government, Lift Debt Limit

October 11, 2013 Senate Republicans emerged from a more than 90-minute meeting with President Obama on Friday more bullish than they have been in recent days on the chances to end the government shutdown, now in its eleventh day, and avoid breaching the nation's debt limit next week. In the meeting, lawmakers said ...

House Leaders and White House Closer to a Short-Term Deal on Debt Limit, Shutdown

October 11, 2013 As House leadership inched toward brokering a short-term agreement Friday with the White House that would reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, uncertainty abounded on Capitol Hill due to a raft of alternative proposals that are being conflated by aides and lawmakers alike. Aides to Speaker John Boehner ...

In the Senate, Signs of a Shutdown Breakthrough Are as Elusive as Ever

October 8, 2013 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's delivery doesn't seem designed to persuade -- at least not in the usual sense. With his hushed tones and tendency to look down as he speaks, he'll wear you down before you rise to your feet in rapturous agreement with his argument. "I don't come ...

Republicans Downplay 'Default,' Dismiss Debt Deadline

October 6, 2013 The White House is sounding alarms about the fast-approaching Oct. 17 deadline for raising the nation's borrowing limit. Failure to do so, President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew have warned, could result in a first-ever default on America's debt and trigger global economic calamity. But some Republicans in Congress ...

Tension Turns to Chaos After Shooting Near Capitol

October 4, 2013 Tension over the budget impasse abruptly turned to chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday, as a woman was shot and killed by police after a fierce car chase, with her 1-year-old child as a passenger. But many questions were unanswered late Thursday, hours after the U.S. House gave Capitol Police and ...

Can Senate Democrats' Shutdown Strategy Hold?

October 2, 2013 With Democrats and Republicans squabbling fiercely over how to reopen the government, it’s Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid—the former boxer—who compares lawmakers’ bickering to a schoolyard brawl. “We are not going to be bullied,” Reid said Tuesday. “We have done everything we can, and we’ve done it very reasonably.” As ...

House Sends Spending Bill Back to Senate, Brings Shutdown Closer

September 29, 2013 The House approved a measure early Sunday morning that would fund the government through Dec. 15 while delaying implementation of Obamacare for one year, a politically risky maneuver that united House Republicans but pushes the federal government closer to a shutdown. The legislation—which also includes an amendment to repeal the ...

Senate GOP Divide on Display in Shutdown Fight

September 27, 2013 The normally sleepy Senate chamber crackled with drama on Thursday. Sen. Bob Corker got so frustrated with Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee on the Senate floor Thursday that the presiding officer—Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin—admonished members that rules require them to refer to each other in the third person. ...

Chambers May 'Ping-Pong' Spending Bill to Avoid a Shutdown

September 26, 2013 As the Senate heaves toward a Saturday vote on a bill to keep the government funded, the House is working on possible countermeasures that would bounce the legislation back to the upper chamber as the Tuesday deadline for a government shutdown approaches. In a signal that House Republicans may be ...

Senate Republican Urges Colleagues to Filibuster Stopgap Spending Measure

September 23, 2013 Listen up, Senate Republicans. Sen. Ted Cruz has some advice on how to win the defund-Obamacare fight in the Senate this week, and it's a little counterintuitive. The Texas Republican is advising his Republican colleagues to filibuster the House's continuing resolution -- the very resolution he wants to become law. ...