Kitty Felde Washington, D.C. Correspondent
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.
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There were three California Republicans who voted against raising the debt ceiling - Tom McClintock, Devin Nunes, and Duncan Hunter. And there were 13 California Democrats who voted for it - Karen Bass, Howard Berman, Lois Capps, Jim Costa, Susan Davis, Anna Eshoo, John Garamendi, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Jackie Speier, and Mike Thompson.
The House of Representatives has approved legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling and prevent a possible U.S. default, as the nation moves toward ending a bitter standoff. The bill passed by a vote of 269 to 161; it required only a simple majority to pass. The $2 trillion in federal spending cuts proceeds now to the Senate for a vote.
The U.S. House of Representatives expects to vote tonight on a measure that would raise the debt ceiling and cut more than $2 trillion from federal spending over the next decade. Party leaders on both sides of the aisle are counting votes to ensure that the deal goes through. California’s delegation contains plenty of undecideds.
The citizens commission that’s been revising California’s political districts voted Friday to adopt its first set of maps, setting in motion the strong possibility that some established Democrats will have to run against each other to retain a seat.
Here’s a familiar news story in the Southland: Democratic and Republican lawmakers battling all summer over a budget agreement. Usually, the dateline for that story is Sacramento. But the California legislature made history this year, passing a budget on time, only the second “on time budget” in a quarter of a century. A pair of Sacramento veterans are having déjà vu as they battle it out over the budget in Congress.
Here's my solution to the debt crisis: turn off the air conditioners.
The night has been pretty dramatic for Congress. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has been working hard to shore up the 217 votes he needs to get his budget bill through the House, delayed a vote and announced late Thursday evening there wouldn't be another one scheduled before Friday.
The noisy drone of helicopters has become part of the Southland soundscape. One lawmaker wants the Federal Aviation Administration to ban some chopper flights over Los Angeles County.
It's hot inside the Capitol as lawmakers argue over raising the debt ceiling. But it's more pure misery outside where it's 96 degrees and humid. These Japanese visitors have the right idea.
The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to close just more than 10 percent of its 36,000 post offices throughout the country. Four on the list are in Inglewood, part of Rep. Maxine Waters’ district. The longtime Democrat considers that a blow to her constituents.
Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California state Supreme Court. This follows a GOP filibuster of his confirmation to a federal appeals court.
Maybe I'm jaded by all those home improvement shows that trick out your patio to make an outdoor kitchen. Or maybe the White House is just a little tired, in need of a spruce up itself.
An official of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives apologized Tuesday and told Congress he shares responsibility for mistakes in carrying out a controversial law enforcement operation in Arizona that resulted in high-powered weapons flowing into Mexico. Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of Temecula was among those criticizing Operation Fast and Furious during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which he chairs: "The deadly consequences of this irresponsible program could last for years to come," he said.
The San Francisco Giants planned an April visit to the White House to celebrate their World Series victory, but President Obama wasn't able to make it then. It was later revealed that the operation to capture or kill Osama bin Laden was in the works. Now the President is in the middle of debt ceiling talks, but the party went ahead anyway.
What a treat! The Nats broadcasters had legendary Dodger announcer Vin Scully on as a pre-game guest. Who knew he had a DC connection?!? Apparently Vinny was the vacation fill-in guy at the local all news station WTOP.