Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - February 13, 2018

President Trump unveiled his $4.4 trillion budget plan Monday, proposing deep cuts to education, healthcare and social safety net programs—while massively increasing the Pentagon’s budget. Trump’s plan would slash the Department of Education’s budget by more than 10 percent. It would sharply reduce income-based student loan repayment plans, while ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Trump’s budget would cut more than $17 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—or SNAP—barring food stamp recipients from buying fresh fruit and vegetables, and instead providing only a boxed food delivery program. The budget would also phase out federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public and community radio and TV stations. This comes as McClatchy reports the Trump administration is considering a plan that would not only impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, but which would also put a lifetime limit on adults’ access to Medicaid. Meanwhile, Trump’s budget would see a 13 percent rise in spending on weapons and war, bringing the Pentagon’s budget to $686 billion. The administration says its plan would add $7.1 trillion to U.S. budget deficits over the next decade, though many economists say that number relies on rosy projections. The budget comes less than two months after Trump signed into law one of the largest tax cuts in U.S. history—one that overwhelmingly favors the wealthiest Americans.  -- "Trump’s $4.4T Budget Plan Would Gut Social Programs, Expand Pentagon." (Democracy Now Headlines for February 13, 2018)

Abrams, Jonathan. "Sheeeeeeeee-it: The Secret History of the Politics in The Wire." Ringer (February 6, 2018)

Atkin, Emily and Sarah Jones. "Rural America's Drinking-Water Crisis." The New Republic (February 12, 2018)

Carr, Jeremy. "The Form and Function of a Cult Film: Deep Red by Alexia Kannas." Film International (February 5, 2018)

Coombs, Wayne. "Analysis: The Pharmaceutical Colonization of Appalachia." The Daily Yonder (February 7, 2018)

"The Economics of Immigration and Demonization." Best of the Left #1162 (February 2, 2018)

Eggert, Brian. "The Definitives: Cache (2005)." Deep Focus Review (February 6, 2018)

---. "The Definitives: The Ice Storm (1997)." Deep Focus Review (November 21, 2017)

Flores, Steven. "The Auteurs: Steven Soderbergh (Part 1)." Cinema Axis (December 6, 2014)

---. "The Auteurs: Steven Soderbergh (Part 2)." Cinema Axis (December 7, 2014)

Greenwald, Glenn. "In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott." The Intercept (January 31, 2018)

Head, Stephen Slaughter and David Kleiler. "Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946)." Captive Eye #1 (August 10, 2011)

Samurai and Large William. "The Long Thieves." The Gentleman's Guide to Midnite Cinema #319 (January 7, 2015) ["It was Large William's turn to program and he chose two Robert Altman films, The Long Goodbye (1973) starring Elliot Gould and Thieves Like Us (1974) starring Keith Carradine!!!"]

Walsh, Susan. "Trump's $4 trillion budget would sharply raise federal deficit." CBS News (February 12, 2018)

Williams, Tony. "The 'Complete Italianization' of the Western: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Kino Lorber." Film International (October 24, 2017)

Wood, Ellen Meiksins. Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism. Cambridge University Press, 1995.

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