Kitty Felde Washington, D.C. Correspondent

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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

Feinstein wants to regulate health insurance rate hikes

The health insurance overhaul Congress passed requires insurance companies to spend 85 percent of their budgets on medical care. But the law doesn’t give anyone the authority to call out companies if they steeply raise their rates. A new bill aims to put a Band-Aid over that particular owie.

DREAM Act reintroduced in House and Senate

Democratic Rep. Howard Berman of Van Nuys has introduced the DREAM Act every session of Congress since 2001. And he’s just done it again, along with other lawmakers in the House and Senate.

Don't just take away arts funding: tax it!

The District of Columbia - like most local governments - is facing a budget shortfall. But DC has introduced a novel way to make a few bucks: tax the arts.

California gets some of Florida's high speed rail money

California’s high speed rail project is $300 million richer. California scored some of the money Florida didn’t want.

Obama calls on Hollywood Latinos for help with immigration

President Obama will deliver a major speech on immigration Saturday in El Paso. Latino leaders have criticized the president for not fulfilling his campaign promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Dreier says Medicare must be part of budget negotiations

Vice President Joe Biden plans to meet with the so-called “gang of six” – a bipartisan group of congressional leaders – to try and hammer out a budget agreement. Their biggest disagreement is over the senior health care program known as Medicare.

LA County Supervisors unite to fight for Medicaid funding

It’s not often that Democrats and Republicans agree on anything. But during their annual visit to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles County Supervisors from both parties delivered with the same message: leave Medicaid alone.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe lobbies for Medicaid dollars

Spending cuts are the top priority for congressional Republicans. But two GOP politicians from L.A. County are urging them to leave Medicaid alone.

National Museum of the American Latino in Washington DC closer to reality

The National Museum of the American Latino is a step closer to reality. The commission studying the project presented its report today on building the museum on the National Mall.

LA County Supervisors fight for Medicaid funding

The House of Representatives voted last month to change the way the federal government pays for health care for the poor. LA lawmakers say the change will “short change” local communities. They’re making that case in Washington, D.C., this week.

LAUSD chief Deasy in DC, fights for special ed money

It’s the fifth annual “L.A. on the Hill” week when local political and business leaders meet with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. The new boss at the L.A. Unified School District came east looking for money – and some flexibility with the federal dollars he already has.

Los Angeles political, business leaders in Washington for annual lobbying trip

If you’re looking for the political or business leadership of Los Angeles County this week, you’ll have to go to Washington, D.C.

Senator Feinstein releases info about bin Laden operation, says Pakistan is 'ground zero for terrorism'

The chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says it was “very gutsy” of President Obama to go after Osama bin Laden.

California Congressional members react to bin Laden’s death

California members of Congress resurfaced in Washington, D.C. on Monday after a two-week district work session. Even before their flights had landed, they had issued statements about the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Waiting for information on Capitol Hill

It's been an odd day on Capitol Hill. Republican and Democratic leaders in the House stood in front of microphones in various hallways on the second floor of the Capitol and said very little.