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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

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.

House to vote on largest investment in higher education since GI Bill

This week, the House will vote on a measure that would make the largest investment in higher education since the G.I. Bill. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says it would get banks out of the student loan business.


The US Capitol Police offered their own tribute to actor Patrick Swayze. As folks passed through the metal detector, one of the chattier officers quizzed visitors about their favorite Swayze role.

California House Democrats determined to keep public option

The health care debate has shifted to the Senate where the Finance Committee is expected to tackle its version of a reform bill next week. But House Democrats from California are determined to keep their health care plan on the table. KPCC's Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Busy Day

It's going to be a lively day on Capitol Hill. Bright and early, the Speaker and the Chairs of the three House committees tackling health care are meeting for a special forum on the topic.

SoCal economists ponder Lehman's collapse a year later

Economist Ed Leamer says a year ago this month, he and his colleagues at UCLA's Anderson School of Management were expecting the economy to soften in the rest of 2008. Then Lehman Brothers collapsed.

California lawmakers lobby for funding in DC

There’s no more money to be squeezed from the California budget, so state lawmakers have come to the place where they print the money – Washington, D.C. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

California lawmakers divided over malpractice reform

In Wednesday night’s speech on health care, President Obama offered a concession to Republicans. He said he was willing to consider reforming malpractice laws. California adopted a big reform more than 30 years ago. State lawmakers capped “pain and suffering” awards in medical malpractice cases. Did it cut down the cost of medicine in California? And could it cut medical costs nationally? KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says those are very good questions.

Reaction to President Obama's health care speech

President Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress last night on his health care proposal... perhaps we should call it a “disjointed” session. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde was in the gallery. Kitty tells Steve Julian what the atmosphere was like after South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson called out “you lie” when the President said undocumented immigrants wouldn’t be covered under his health care plan.