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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 Skips Cloture Vote and Confirms Comey as FBI Chief

July 30, 2013 The Senate on Monday confirmed President Obama’s nominee to head the FBI on a 93-1 vote, with two senators voting present, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, negotiated an agreement to forgo an expected cloture vote. James Comey will succeed Robert Mueller, overcoming a hold ...

Nuclear Crisis Averted, Senate Begins Clearing Obama Nominees

July 17, 2013 After reaching a deal to move beyond a fight over filibusters Tuesday, the Senate is poised to take the rest of the week to clear a handful of long-delayed executive-branch nominations, including Thomas Perez as Labor secretary and Gina McCarthy as Environmental Protection Agency administrator. On a day that had ...

Senate Agrees to Up-or-Down Votes for Obama Nominees, Avoids 'Nuclear Option'

July 16, 2013 Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement on a process that would avert the "nuclear option" by allowing up or down votes on President Obama's executive nominees, according to Senate Democratic and Republican leadership aides. The deal, reached Tuesday morning by Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Chuck ...

No Deal on Presidential Appointments After Rare Senate Meeting

July 16, 2013 In a rare private session that went late into the evening Monday, members of the Senate held a historic discourse aimed at averting what would essentially be a legislative apocalypse: the use of a procedural maneuver known as “the nuclear option” to end filibusters of presidential appointments. With Senate Majority ...

Senate on the Brink of 'Nuclear' War Over Nominations

July 12, 2013 Another round of brinkmanship over political appointments is under way in the Senate, with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., once again putting his finger squarely on the button of the "nuclear option" viewed with horror by Republicans. Reid set the Senate on a path Thursday toward changing Senate rules so ...

Senate Democrats' Plan for Dealing With the Debt Ceiling: Stay on Message

July 10, 2013 The marketplace of ideas among Senate Democrats for dealing with the looming debt ceiling is, at least publicly, decidedly tiny. Amid revelations that House Republicans are crafting battle plans that include raising the debt ceiling in exchange for plum policy prizes such as an overhaul of entitlements, Senate Democrats are ...

Senate Prepares for a Fight Over Sequestration

June 27, 2013 The Senate’s attempt to pass landmark immigration reform has yet to clear the floor, and already senators are drawing battle lines in what is likely to be the next big fight: spending levels. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., have said they hope to ...

Congress Turns to Intel Committees as Members Seek Details on Data Collection

June 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Elijah Cummings walked out of a closed all-member House hearing on the government’s data collection last week and headed for the nearest exit, trailed by a gaggle of reporters. They asked the Maryland Democrat if he had learned anything new about the surveillance. Yes, Cummings replied, but no, he ...

Government’s Data Grabs Are Unlikely to Prompt Legislative Action

June 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite the political and media furor surrounding the recent news about data collection by the National Security Agency, the appetite among some top lawmakers for undoing the legislation that allowed the sweeps is meager. The revelations that the government obtained millions of Verizon customers’ phone records, and that the NSA ...

Wait Two Months, Then Check Obama's Approval Rating

May 22, 2013 President Obama's approval rating in several recently released polls suggests that the three controversies his administration is navigating have not begun to hurt him. A CNN/ORC poll showed that 53 percent of Americans approve of the job he's doing. That is about where he stood in April, when the same ...