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
Democrats on Capitol Hill want a hearing to examine the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States. A California Congresswoman is asking whether the San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear power plants are tough enough to survive a big quake and its aftermath.
Laura Richardson again investigated by Ethics Committee; new ethics chief complains about Zoe Lofgren
The Republican chair of the US House Ethics Committee has accused his Democratic predecessor of ordering leaves for a pair of committee investigators “without cause.” Those lawyers were investigating possible ethics violations by Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters. A former staffer is also raising ethics concerns about Democratic Congresswoman Laura Richardson.
It's after hours, but the cafeteria in the Rayburn House office building is a nice quiet place to write sometimes. But I saw a critter run across the floor just now. It COULD have been a sparrow that flew into the hole in the wall near the floor.
Southern California Edison says it has taken precautions to protect the San Onofre nuclear power plant. It is built to withstand a 7.0 magnitude earthquake and has a 25-foot-high concrete tsunami wall. The recent quake in Japan registered at least 8.9, and a wall of water more than 30-feet high hit the coastline. Republican leaders want to wait before they make decisions about the safety of nuclear energy.
Remember the demon sheep and Boxer blimp ads from the US Senate campaign? The man who came up with those commercials, Fred Davis, won one of the big prizes at this year's Pollie Awards.
I'm not on any "A" list here in DC, so I wasn't there. But according to sources at "The Washington Post," LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's dinner with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a local restaurant the other night included some colorful fans.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa continues to pitch his proposal for federal help with transportation loans. The mayor has enlisted support from his compadres from cities around the country.
Emergency officials this morning stood by in Southern California, preparing for any possible tsunami damage.
For the second time in two years, a member of Congress has attacked the sheriff of Los Angeles County over his association with a Muslim organization. This time it was a different congressman, but the same Homeland Security Committee.
Tonight's the third annual charity hockey game. And not a single skater from California's 55 member Congressional delegation will be on the ice. There's not even a single Californian on the lobbyists' team.
It didn't come up until the waning moments of the hearing. But one Congressman questioned LA County Sheriff Lee Baca's relationship with the Council on American Islamic Relations. Last year, Baca fended off one Congressman's accusations of being anti-Israel for showing up at numerous CAIR fundraisers.
On the stand now is a man described as a "private citizen" - Melvin Bledsoe. He's descibing the "brainwashing" of his son at college in Tennessee. Every time Carlos Bledsoe came home from school, his family noticed changes.
It's literally standing room only in the Homeland Security hearing room. Staff for the committee line the wall behind members. An overflow room has been set up for press who couldn't get into the room.
This is an example of how partisan things are on Capitol Hill. We got a witness list and bios for three of the people called to testify before today's House Homeland Security Committee hearing on "the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that community's response.
Reporters were crowding the hallway outside the hearing room more than an hour before the hearing was to begin. Capitol police are very visible as well.