Links for Tuesday morning reading 6/25/31

How Obamacare Could Flatline by David Moberg in In These Times.

Loopholes in the Affordable Care Act are likely to leave millions of Americans worse off than they are now.   The ACA gives Republicans have many means to sabotage the act, and employers and insurance companies many means to shift the cost of health insurance to individuals.   The ACA will extend health insurance coverage to many Americans, but for some, it is likely to be less affordable than it is now.

Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S. in by Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay of McClatchy newspapers.

In order to prevent leaks, the administration last year launched an unprecedented Insider Threat Program, which requires government employees to report “high risk persons or behaviors” or face penalties, including possible criminal charges.   The initiative is intended to stop not only leaks of classified information, but any kind of unauthorized disclosure, and applied to the whole government, including the Department of Agriculture, Social Security Administration and Peace Corps.  Creepy!

Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans by Michael Hastings for Buzzfeed.

Whistleblowers, journalists and transparency advocates are being persecuted and sometimes imprisoned while Democrats in Congress turn their backs.   This is the last article written by this brilliant and aggressive young journalist before his sudden death.

Snowden sought Booz Allen job to gather evidence on NSA surveillance by Lana Lam of the South China Morning Post.

That’s what the man said.

Where Is Edward Snowden? Reporters Are Chasing Rumors and Shadows, in Russia and Beyond by Miriam Elder in The Guardian.

Edward Snowden has committed the ultimate crime in the eyes of the NSA, CIA and FBI, which is to make them look like fools.

Time Cover Story Wrongly Attacks Atheists For Not Helping Out Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes by Hehment Mehta for Patheos.

Atheists helped a lot, not only as individuals, but as organized groups.

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