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Kitty Felde is KPCC's Washington, D.C. Correspondent.

Before moving to the nation's capital, Kitty hosted KPCC's "Talk of the City" from 1997-2006.

In addition to her work in Los Angeles, Felde has reported from Africa and The Hague on AIDS and the war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and Bosnia.

When Felde puts down her microphone, she puts on her pointed shoes in ballet class. She's also an award-winning playwright. Her work has been produced at the National Theater in Washington, D.C., and at various theaters in New York and Los Angeles. If you look very closely in Woody Allen's "Radio Days," you'll spot her playing the role of Mrs. Riley.

Stories by Kitty Felde

Flu Grandstanding

Swine flu - or H1N1 - was the topic at a House hearing, but the overall health care debate temporarily took over the room.

Tim Gunn speaks about doing Project Runway in LA

It’s must-see TV for fashionistas and sewing mavens alike. Project Runway’s current season is set in the heart of the fashion district of downtown L.A. Hungry designers compete in a series of challenges ranging from reinventing surfwear to creating clothing out of L.A. Times newsprint.

Local politicians seek federal transportation dollars

Local political leaders are writing their wish lists for federal transportation dollars. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says mass transit is the number one priority.

Dodgers Squash the Nats

Attending Tuesday's unveiling of Tommy Lasorda's portrait at the Smithsonian was current manager Joe Torre. I asked whether he was going to be kind to the Nats. The lowly Washington Nationals are the worst team in baseball; the Dodgers are the best team in the National League.

Tommy Lasorda's portrait placed in the Smithsonian

Former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda celebrated his 82nd birthday today at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. He wasn’t a visitor; he was there for the unveiling of his portrait. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Tommy Lasorda portrait in National Portrait Gallery

Former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda is already in the baseball Hall of Fame. Now his portrait joins that of other American legends in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde was on hand for the unveiling.

California energy companies lobby during 'Grid Week'

In their quest to deliver electricity more efficiently, energy companies are competing for billions of dollars in federal stimulus grants. Company executives are in Washington for several days of lobbying events they're calling “grid week.” KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Congressman Xavier Becerra ready to battle for health care

This week, the health care debate shifts to the Senate, where the Finance Committee examines a bill by Max Baucus. The Democratic senator from Montana worked closely with Republicans to craft his bill – but none of them stood with Baucus when he unveiled his plan. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says Senate Democrats may need to worry more about House Democrats than Republicans in the Senate.

Debate over health care turns into immigration debate

Congress is already up to its eyeballs in the health care debate. Immigration reform wasn’t supposed to come up until next year. But the furor over one line in the president’s health care speech to Congress appears to have pushed up the timetable on immigration legislation. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters in hot water

The House ethics committee is investigating whether Congresswoman Maxine Waters used her political connections for personal financial gain. The move comes one day after an activist watchdog group called the LA Democrat one of the most “corrupt” politicians in Washington. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass in DC

California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass is in Washington, D.C. this week. This is the second official trip to Capitol Hill this year for the Democrat from Los Angeles. She and a delegation of mostly Democrats are lobbying for federal dollars for California. Speaker Bass told KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde this trip paid off in some big ways.

California lawmakers learn about hidden money in DC

This week, a delegation of mostly Democratic state lawmakers came to Washington in search of federal dollars for health care, transportation, and other needs. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports the delegation learned that getting the money might be as simple as asking the right people the right questions.

That's All for Tonight

Democrats appear to have rustled up a few more members. The final vote on officially disapproving of Congressman Joe Wilson's catcall of President Obama? 240 yeas (including 7 Republicans) and 179 nays (including 12 Democrats) Five members stayed out of it.

More Joe Wilson

The nearly vacant floor filled up pretty quickly as they announced a vote on whether they disapproved of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina. (Here's the exact language of House Resolution 744:

Joe Wilson

It's late afternoon here on the Hill and just a handful of Congressional members showed up to see whether Joe Wilson will apologize. LA Democrat Diane Watson is there. So is Sacramento Republican Dan Lungren.