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

House votes to defund NPR

By a vote of 228 to 192, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to prohibit public radio stations from using federal dollars to purchase National Public Radio programming.

Scarin' of the green on Capitol Hill

Scary times here on Capitol Hill. Ugly green ties are everywhere. The President's coming to lunch with the Speaker Boehner and the Irish Prime Minister on St. Patrick's day. The gentlemen of the House are celebrating with way too many garish ties.

Vote to defund NPR survives first test vote

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on a resolution that would prohibit stations from using federal funds to purchase programming from National Public Radio. That resolution survived a first vote.

California Sen. Barbara Boxer grills nuclear officials

Capitol Hill got its first briefing on the troubles at Japanese nuclear power plants. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says senators pushed officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to find out how safe the nuclear plants are in their own states.

Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces repeal of same-sex marriage law

California Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation today to repeal a law that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.

Congress likely to vote this week on cutting federal funding for NPR programs

The House of Representatives could vote as soon as tomorrow on a resolution that strips federal funding from public broadcasting. The measure specifically targets National Public Radio.

Democrats and Republicans split over possible dangers of nuclear power plants

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.

I just saw a mouse in the Rayburn cafeteria

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.

GOP: Wait for facts on Japanese quake before changing nuclear policies

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.

Award winning demon sheep

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.

Antonio and the drag queens

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.

Mayor Villaraigosa returns to DC to pitch transit financing

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.

Los Angeles prepares for tsunami, Mayor Villaraigosa comments on quake

Emergency officials this morning stood by in Southern California, preparing for any possible tsunami damage.

Sheriff Baca fights back at Homeland Security hearing on Muslim radicalization

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.