Beach Report: Best (and Worst) for Clean Water

Before you pack your swimsuit, check out the latest report card on U.S. beaches with the least and most pollution. Last year the nation’s beaches had more than 20,000 closing and advisory days because of polluted water or threatened contamination, according to the annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The environmental-advocacy group analyzed water-quality results from tests conducted by the federal government and state beach coordinators at more than 3,000 locations nationwide. The report, released today, found more …

A Timely, Smooth Launch for the Health Care Law? The Jury’s Out

Will everything be ready to launch President Obama’s health care law by the Oct. 1 deadline? We’re getting mixed signals. Start with a report released June 19 by the Government Accountability Office, the first in-depth look at the sprawling system. The upside: “Much progress has been made in establishing the regulatory framework and guidance required for this undertaking, and [the administration] is currently taking steps to implement key activities of the [online insurance marketplaces],” the report said. (Read the full …

Volunteering On Your Next Vacation

This is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. As we settle into the heart of the summer, many people are getting ready to embark on vacation.  It’s a time to relax and leave our …