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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

Poll: 77 percent think politicians behaved badly in debt ceiling debate

A new poll shows disdain for the way Congress handled the debt ceiling negotiations.

Another battle looms now that debt ceiling is signed

Congress has passed, and the president has signed, a bill raising the debt ceiling and cutting $2 trillion in federal spending. Lawmakers are now leaving Washington for their August recess, but expect the rhetoric over deficit cutting to continue.

Dog days of August waiting for debt ceiling vote

Reporters asked Democratic Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota if he had a dog in this fight and begged him to throw them a bone. The dog is named Dakota, by the way.

Votes on raising the debt ceiling

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.

House approves bill to raise federal debt limit

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.

Many Californians in Congress undecided on debt ceiling 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.

Redrawn maps pit Democrat against Democrat

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.

DC debt wrangling feels familiar to veterans of Sacramento

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.

How to solve the debt crisis in under an hour

Here's my solution to the debt crisis: turn off the air conditioners.

Still no vote as GOP struggles to persuade

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.

Congressman wants to ban some choppers over LA County

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.

How hot is it?

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.

Fighting to keep your post office open: Rep. Maxine Waters

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.

Brown nominates Goodwin Liu to California high court

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.

Bet your grill is nicer than President Obama's

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.