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.
Stories by Kitty Felde
If the government shuts down Saturday, “non-essential” personnel will be furloughed. But it’s hard to find any Californian in Congress that considers their staff “non-essential.”
Congress is still talking, but the clock is running down to midnight Friday when the federal government runs out of money. If lawmakers can’t work out a budget agreement, “non-essential” federal workers will not show up to work starting on Saturday. Here's what’ll stay open and what won’t.
If Congress can’t agree on a budget deal by midnight tomorrow, the government shuts the door on all non-essential services. Democrats and Republicans are still miles apart.
You're not imagining things. Democrats and Republicans spend a large portion of their time saying negative things about each other. A Harvard professor looked at Congressional press releases and found that 27% of them throw barbs at the other side.
Everybody's talking about the possibility of a government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans can't compromise on a six month spending bill. At least one Hill staffer sees a silver lining: he might get a date out of it.
A dozen midshipmen have been kicked out of the US Naval Academy for using the synthetic marijuana known as “spice” or "K2." More than 150 Navy sailors have also been accused of using the drug, which is banned in the military. Now, a US Senate hearing is investigating the growing use of “spice” and the fake cocaine known as “bath salts.”
It's looking likely that Democrats and Republicans will not be able to find a compromise on a six month budget deal by Friday. That means on Saturday, National Parks, museums like the Smithsonian, even most of the IRS shut down.
About one in five Californians relies on MediCal, the state’s version of Medicaid, to pay for their health care. On Tuesday, US House Republicans unveiled their budget proposal for 2012. It includes hefty cuts and major structural changes to the federal Medicaid program.
We've had REAL weather of late in DC. Spring weather they call it here. I just call it weird.The Nationals game on Saturday was interrupted by "winter weather" - a mixture of snow and sleet.
Celebrities testifying on Capitol Hill is nothing new. Last year, Kevin Costner pitched his invention for cleaning up oil spills and Tim Gunn testified about extending copyright protection to fashion designers. But life will imitate art tomorrow when one Hollywood actor testifies before Congress.
The House and Senate have begun work on a new multi-year transportation bill. The challenge is how to pay for everything.
Small planes will continue to take off and land at night at Bob Hope and Van Nuys Airports. The House of Representatives turned thumbs down on a proposal to reinstate a nighttime curfew.
You see them all the time in Los Angeles - those bright yellow signs that direct actors and crew members to location shoots. They aren't so common here in DC. But yesterday, driving home from Capitol Hill, I spotted one.
It was billed as an event of “Biblical proportions” – Democrats and Republicans, labor and the Chamber of Commerce all backing a creative transit funding proposal from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who's been pushing this plan for more than two years.
As President Obama outlined his long-term energy strategy in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, he said he wants 80 percent of the nation’s electricity to come from natural gas, wind and nuclear in the next quarter century. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in the audience for the speech on energy security.