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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

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.

Congress holds hearing on controversial 'Fast and Furious' gun program

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.

SF Giants get belated White House celebration

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.

Vin Scully's DC era

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.

Mars rover 'Curiosity' to explore 96-mile-wide crater

NASA announced the landing site for the next generation of Mars rovers. 'Curiosity' will liftoff this fall on a course that will take it to the foot of a mountain inside a 96-mile-wide crater named Gale.

LAX remodel will stop unless Congress passes FAA spending bill, transportation secretary says

The Federal Aviation Administration is set to run out of money tonight at midnight. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wants Congress to pass a funding bill to prevent that.

Mayors meeting in LA this weekend

Fifty mayors from around the country are in Los Angeles this weekend for the summer leadership meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Villaraigosa called as witness for Senate transportation bill

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the first witness at Thursday’s Senate hearing on a two-year transportation bill. The mayor’s been the engine behind a proposal that puts a billion dollars a year into a federally-funded transportation loan program.

Senate hears testimony on measure to repeal anti-gay marriage bill

For the first time, a U.S. Senate committee heard testimony on a measure that would overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The bill’s co-author is California Democrat Dianne Feinstein.