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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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Chris Christie Reality Check

January 7, 2013 Last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie very publicly scolded House Speaker John Boehner for not bringing superstorm Sandy relief legislation to the floor for a vote. Christie, who aggressively pushed for spending cuts and pension reforms during his first year in office, unambiguously criticized his GOP colleagues for not ...

How Boehner's Plan B vote imploded

December 20, 2012 Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., overcoat in hand, was the canary in the coal mine. He jetted out of the Capitol basement room where the House Republican Conference holed up Thursday night, walked by a handful of journalists and delivered in a flash the news that House Speaker John Boehner's Plan ...

Status update on the Obama-Boehner standoff

December 11, 2012 President Obama spent Monday stumping in Michigan for higher taxes for the wealthy, and Republicans in Congress lamented there was still no "balanced approach" on offer from the White House. That was Monday. Our National Journal Daily colleagues explain what that means for the fiscal cliff debate Tuesday. Here's Billy ...

Fiscal cliff buzz muffles medical device industry message

November 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several dozen medical device industry execs swarmed the Hill on Thursday, but the buzz over the fiscal cliff might have drowned out their message. The CEOs' pitch to lawmakers: The medical device tax that goes into effect in January is going to cripple the industry and they should repeal it. ...

How Jack Lew could save Obama's legacy

November 5, 2012 The cast of characters who will hash out out whatever fiscal cliff deal comes--or doesn't come--will include President Obama's Chief of Staff Jack Lew. That is, if Obama wins reelection. In the latest National Journal magazine, Nancy Cook profiles Lew, who is among Obama's closest advisers and could help the ...

Senate Democrats face tough fight to keep majority in 2014

November 2, 2012 Election Day is four days away, but in Washington it's never too early to look ahead to the next election. For Senate Democrats, who face a hard fight this cycle to defend their majority, 2014 is shaping up to be just as challenging, Shane Goldmacher writes in this week's National ...

Congress tacks toward partial fix of fiscal cliff

October 24, 2012 Lawmakers suggest a partial fix, not a sweeping deal, is likely to address expiring tax cuts and automatic budget cuts--the so-called fiscal cliff, National Journal Daily reports. Billy House and Dan Friedman explain. Leading lawmakers have no intention of letting the sequester happen or all of the tax cuts expire. ...

Virginia Democrat on sequestration: 'Is it a crisis or not?'

October 16, 2012 A banging gavel cut off Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly of Virginia and Russ Carnahan of Missouri Tuesday before they could make a parliamentary inquiry about sequestration at Tuesday's edition of the House pro forma session. Connolly, who spoke to reporters after the brief session, said he intended to ask if ...

House majority leader bearish on Defense sequester

October 12, 2012 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor took a bearish view of the looming defense sequester today, saying America would have to rethink its standing as a global power if the cuts hit. "What we do know right now is the question before us is this looming sequester. And that has serious ...

Body Language: Watching the Debate on Mute

October 12, 2012 You might have watched the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan. But you haven’t heard this version of events, heard being the operative word. This is what happened in the debate as viewed without the volume and without the aide of Twitter. Here’s the vice ...