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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

Dream Act gets packed Senate hearing, 10 years after it was last scheduled

The U.S. Senate had a hearing on the Dream Act scheduled for September 12, 2001. It took 10 years for a Senate judiciary subcommittee to reschedule that hearing for this morning. The Dream Act would offer a path to citizenship for undocumented high school graduates who attend college or serve in the military.

Another GOP Senator just showed up

The Dream Act isn't the only thing being discussed in Senate hearings today, so Senators have been wandering in and out. A second Republican, Charles Grassley of Iowa just dropped in to ask some questions about categorical amnesty.

Dream Act as political football, says Senator Cornyn

Just one Republican is attending the Senate hearing on the Dream Act, Texas Senator John Cornyn, the ranking member of the Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security Subcommittee. He accused his Democratic colleagues of using the Dream Act as a "political football" – refused any amendments or floor time to debate the measure when it was brought up for a vote last December.

Updates from Dream Act hearing

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Subcommittee Congress doesn’t appropriate enough money to deport the estimated 11 million people who are here in this country illegally.

CA Congressman Baca vows to continue push for regulation of violent video games

A state law that never went into effect never will, after the US Supreme Court threw out California’s ban on the sale of violent video games to minors on Monday. But despite the ruling, a Congressman from the Inland Empire wants to try and regulate violent video games.

Dream Act gets first Senate hearing on Tuesday

Ten years after lawmakers introduced it, the immigration bill known as the Dream Act will get its first-ever Senate hearing tomorrow. The White House is sending two cabinet secretaries and the Attorney General to testify on the measure’s behalf.

In case you wondered "who won"?

Takes a while for scores of women's sports to hit the wires, but I can now report that the ladies of Capitol Hill bested the media team in their third annual charity softball game. The score was 5-4.

California's high-speed rail under fire from Republicans

California’s plan to build a high-speed rail line from San Diego to San Francisco isn’t getting a lot of love from House Republicans. It’s a matter of money and geography.

What does 4G really mean?

One California Congresswoman is so upset about the annoyance of dropped cell phone calls, she’s introduced a bill that would regulate 4G wireless service.

Patent bill passes House

The America Invents Act   HR 1249 passed 304 to 117. A different version has already passed the Senate. Now differences between the two bills will be hammered out.

California ballplayers dominate Congressional charity game

The ladies of Capitol Hill take on the capital news media tonight in an annual charity softball game. California is well represented on the Congressional team.

Study shows Islamophobia in the United States is on the rise

The first annual report on Islamophobia in America concludes that it involves the “same hate, new target.” The two-year study identifies heroes and villains - and says that politics is to blame for much of the problem.

Will the Northeast's high-speed rail dreams kill Metrolink in Southern California?

A proposal to put a high-speed rail project from Washington to Boston out to bid could affect rail commuters in Southern California.

Commerce Secretary nominee John Bryson answers questions on Capitol Hill

A short confirmation hearing took place Tuesday for former Edison International chief John Bryson – the president’s nominee for federal Commerce Secretary. Between several long opening statements and a series of floor votes, members of the US Senate Commerce Committee didn’t have much opportunity to question Bryson, and barely touched on the issues that could hold up his nomination.

Patent reform bill splits California Republicans in Congress

Congress is expected to vote this week on a patent reform bill that would change the rules about who gets to file for a patent. Republican members of Congress from California are split over the measure.