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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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Why Insurers Want HealthCare.gov (and Obamacare) to Work

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional Republicans have relentlessly attacked Obamacare. The White House has been equally staunch in its defense. Yet despite the political entrenchment characterizing the health care debate, one group is quietly tacking toward a more practical solution. Insurance companies are trying to ensure that the law works. While few will speculate...

How Senate Republicans Can Retaliate on the Filibuster

November 27, 2013 If you're looking for a coordinated Senate Republican tactical response to Harry Reid's nuclear detonation, you're not likely to find it any time soon. Republicans have no proportional counterattacks now that the majority leader has scorched the filibuster on nominees. But that doesn't mean they don't have any means to...

In the Aftermath of a Post-Nuclear Senate, Everyone’s Dug in Deeper

November 22, 2013 The sun had not set on the post-nuclear Senate, when Democrats began looking forward to confirming a slate of White House nominees as Republicans dished out doomsday forecasts on the future of the institution. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., invoked the rules change—first dubbed the "nuclear option" and later...

How Long Until Senate Leaders Resort to the Nuclear Option on Nominations?

November 8, 2013 The Senate’s nuclear-option armistice is close to collapsing—but not quite yet. Senate Democrats bristled at how Republicans blocked confirmation votes last week on two of President Obama’s nominees: Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., to head the agency overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and Patricia Millett to serve on the U.S....

Senate Democrats Bring Worries Over Obamacare to White House

November 7, 2013 Senate Democrats facing reelection in 2014 carried their concerns over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act to the White House on Wednesday for a private meeting with President Obama, with some voicing pointed frustration at the administration's efforts. "I am very frustrated with the rollout of the exchanges," said...

Why Working Monday Through Friday Is a Tall Order in the Senate

November 1, 2013 Majority Leader Harry Reid started the week with modest plans for the Senate: work Monday through Friday. Sounds straightforward enough, but the schedule got derailed along the way. And the Senate checked out Friday. Here's what happened. On Monday, Reid previewed the four-week session ahead of Thanksgiving, saying the Senate...

Senate War Over Presidential Appointees Heats Up as Two Nominees Are Blocked

October 31, 2013 Senate Republicans blocked two White House nominations on Thursday, including Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Watt's nomination, which went down on a 56-42 cloture vote, was highly politicized because the role includes overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Conservatives, including the Club for Growth,...

In Budget Negotiations, Where Are the Senate Deal-Makers?

October 30, 2013 It’s become almost a theme this Congress. Senate conciliators broker deals or craft some legislative solution -- often at the very last minute -- to avoid a crisis. Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Chuck Schumer of New York engineered a deal to avert the so-called nuclear option; Schumer and...

Senate Republicans Preview Budget Conference

October 29, 2013 Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin just got off the phone with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Monday when he offered a preview of his opener at the budget conference later this week. In short: Expect a wonky hearing, with dashes of political posturing. It’s not that Johnson thinks...

Finally Over, Shutdown Showdown Tees Up New Battles

October 17, 2013 The debt-ceiling stalemate and 16-day government shutdown cost the economy billions, put tens of thousands out of work, made some little-known congressmen famous and tested the balance of power in Congress. Yet as lawmakers ended the standoff with a hard-fought agreement, many pointed to a landscape left largely unchanged, with...

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