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We start today with an interview with U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez of Orange County. She addresses controversial comments she recently made about Muslims, her campaign to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer and more.

Then, a fight at the border between young Mexicans lobbing rocks and Border Patrol agents turned deadly. Did the agents overstep in using force?

Next, Le Cordon Bleu is closing all 16 of its culinary school campuses. What went wrong?

Turning to culture, we look back at the year in art; 2015 has been a big one in L.A.

And finally, in our weekly web roundup, a look at the email threat that shut down the LAUSD this week and other digital news.

Banner Image: Loretta Sanchez

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

Loretta Sanchez on Muslim Comments, Senate Race 11 MIN, 39 SEC

The House of Representatives passed a huge tax cut package worth more than $600 billion today. Tomorrow, it will vote on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government open until September of next year. That’s also expected to pass. Seventy-seven Democrats voted with the Republican majority in support of the tax cut bill today, but Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership in the House opposed it. One naysayer was Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of Orange County, who’s campaigning to replace California Senator Barbara Boxer when she retires after this term. Sanchez speaks about the race, recently passed measures and responds to criticism over her comments on Muslims.

Guests:
Loretta Sanchez, Congresswoman (@LorettaSanchez)

Rocks and Bullets at the Border 8 MIN, 4 SEC

In the past five years, three Mexican teenagers have been shot and killed by U.S. border patrol agents for what the agents call "rockings." That’s when large chunks of rock or concrete come flying over the fence at U.S. Border Patrol agents. Agents say it happens often. Some have been badly injured from these incidents, so they shoot back to defend themselves. But is it appropriate? One deadly shooting is now under investigation and the agent is accused of second degree murder.

Guests:
Nigel Duara, Los Angeles Times (@nigelduara)

More:
A barrage of rocks and then bullets: When the Border Patrol kills Mexican teens

Le Cordon Bleu Closing 6 MIN, 2 SEC

Julia Child taught generations of Americans how to make boeuf bourguignon and countless French dishes. Child was educated at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, and made that school a household name. But for a lot of Americans, the name now leaves a bad taste in their mouths. This week, Career Education Corporation -- the for-profit education company that owns Le Cordon Bleu in the U.S. -- announced it will be closing all of the 16 campuses. What happened?

Guests:
Molly Hensley-Clancy, Buzzfeed News (@mollyhc)

The Year in L.A. Art 13 MIN, 50 SEC

This year was a big one for art in Los Angeles. The city saw exciting new museum launches, acclaimed art shows and a growing acceptance as a place for cutting edge high and low culture. Madeleine gets a primer on the year in art and culture in L.A.

Guests:
Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times (@cmonstah)

Web Roundup: LAUSD Closure and More 8 MIN, 9 SEC

On Tuesday the LAUSD closed its schools because of an emailed threat, which has turned out to be a hoax. The email came from what Xeni Jardin calls an “Internet meme sewer.” She explains what that means and runs down other digital news in our regular Thursday web roundup.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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