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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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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 ...

Senators challenge OMB's guidance on pre-sequester layoff notices

October 3, 2012 Two Republican senators have a few questions for the White House. Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire are seeking an explanation from the administration over its move on Friday to prevent contractors facing sequestration cuts from issuing layoff notices required by law. The senators say ...

What Congress faces on Defense in the lame duck

October 1, 2012 Our colleagues report for National Journal subscribers on sequestration and the Defense Department -- and what we could see from Congress during the lame duck. It seems as if some Democrats and Republicans are beginning to see eye to eye on an approach to halting the $55 billion set to ...

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 ...