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Bloggers making a difference in fitness, health, and happiness

The Internet is a beautiful thing. Everyone and anyone can have a slice of the pie, which means there are hundreds of thousands (if not millions!) of blogs cropping up every day. The number of fitness, health, and happiness blogs out there can be overwhelming: How’s an average Joe or Jane supposed to separate the good ones from the garbage (you know, those “blogs” loaded with ads and made-up info)?

Luckily, we’ve done the legwork for you. Here are 50 sites run by inspirational, creative, knowledgeable, and innovative bloggers. From running, to yoga, to Paleo eating, to gluten-free goodness, to meditation, to self-improvement, these bloggers cover every subject under the sun — and they do it darn well. We only chose sites with one or two authors, since there's a big difference between a small, personal blog and a website with multiple influences and voices. 

But we didn’t select them just because they produce great, helpful, inspiring blogs. In addition to smart content, gorgeous photography, and actionable tips, each of these 50 bloggers is making waves in the health and wellness space. Each blogger is pursuing new topics and angles, finding new ways to innovate online and off the Web, and becoming a fitness, health, or happiness influencer in his or her own right.

A note about selection:  The Greatist editorial team (with welcome input from Greatist readers via Facebook and Twitter) chose these 50 bloggers based on qualitative, not quantitative measurements. We looked for blogs with one or two writers who express themselves well, engage with their audience, and find ways to innovate and encourage growth in the health and wellness space, even outside of their blogs. Since the criteria were largely subjective, these are by no means the only 50 blogs on the Internet worth reading — rather, it’s a list of our favorite bloggers in the space. The entries are ranked alphabetically, not numerically (meaning #1 is no better than #34).

(A selection of some of the 50 blogs is below. For all 50 blogs, go to Greatist.com.)

Fitness

1. Dorothy Beal

Dorothy Beal

The journey is part of the story for Dorothy Beal, who has overcome OCD, Oral Allergy Syndrome, and Gilberts Syndrome to become an accomplished runner and blogger. The mom of three is a marathon powerhouse, with 23 races under her belt and a 3:11 PR. Regardless of her impressive stats, Beal’s blog, Mile Posts, is full of down-to-earth musings and thoughts on running (for example: “ Should You Carry Your Own Water During a Marathon? ”), race recaps, and snapshots of her life. Beal is also a certified running coach and brand ambassador for  Nuun  and  Saucony Photo: www.mile-posts.com

 

2. Carla Birnberg

Carla Brimberg

Birnberg’s blog Miz Fit Online is about fitness and health, but it’s much more than that. She writes about motivation, inner (and outer) struggles, self-acceptance, spirituality, and the mind-body connection. Her posts are occasionally a bit rambling, her photos are sometimes not perfect, but Birnberg’s motto (“unapologetically myself”) says it all. Between videos, podcasts, and personal blog entries, Birnberg shows readers that it’s okay (and often helpful) to share your vulnerable, less-than-picture-perfect side —a mentality that can be hard to come by on many fitness-focused blogs. Photo: www.mizfitonline.com

 

3. Adam Bornstein

Adam Bornstein

The photo of a dude swinging a tire, bold graphics, and capital letters set the tone on Adam Bornstein’s blog, Born Fitness, from the get-go. Bornstein — who formerly helmed the editorial teams at Livestrong and Men’s Health — is all business. In addition to consulting and coaching, Bornstein writes blog posts that challenge fitness myths and encourage readers to question what they know about exercise and strength training. Even though he no longer works at a major fitness publication, Bornstein’s voice resonates throughout the fitness and health space — check out his bookscolumnsguest posts, and various contributions on other sites if you don’t believe us. Photo courtesy of Adam Bornstein. 

4. Brian Call

Brian Call

Daily Cup of Yoga, a site that began as one man’s online journal chronicling his yoga practice, has become a crossroads for all yogis. From meditation, to gear, to poses, to apparel, Call’s blog discusses all elements (and styles) of yoga in a non-judgmental, inclusive way. The blog provides readers with yoga resources, challenges, and awesome visual aids while cultivating an online yogi community. Call also  curates  the latest in yoga duds, gizmos, gadgets, and other accoutrements so busy yogis can get right to the good stuff. Photo:www.facebook.com/dailycupofyoga

5. Jason Fitzgerald

Jason Fitzgerald

Strength Running is the #1 blog for runners looking to bust through plateaus, achieve speedier finishes, and get all-around stronger. In addition to writing his blog, authoring books, and coaching, Fitzgerald is a 2:39 marathoner with experience (and advice) in spades. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran marathoner, Strength Running is a veritable treasure chest of info. Fitzgerald has created training guides for every running distance and level, so athletes can take his Strength Running advice to the streets (or trail, or track).

12.  Steve Kamb

Steve Kamb

We’re always a fan of anyone taking the macho out of fitness and health. Steve Kamb’s tongue-in-cheek posts on his blog Nerd Fitness prove that it’s possible to be serious about wellness  and  crack a smile every once in a while. Nerd Fitness is almost more of a database than a blog — although Kamb regularly shares his thoughts and ideas, the site has tons of free resources, training guides, product reviews, and even a tremendously active community forum. Photo:www.nerdfitness.com

 13. Peter Larson

Peter Larson

Since launching Runblogger in 2009, Peter Larson has become something of a pro when it comes to running and running equipment, and a leader in the space. His blog is a virtual meeting place for athletes looking for information on gear, sneakers, and running science. Larson isn’t preaching to an empty congregation — his posts are flooded with comments and the “forum” section of Runblogger is remarkably active. Photo:www.runblogger.com

 Health

20. Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman

Calling Mark Bittman a blogger is kind of like calling Michaelangelo a doodler, but this list would be incomplete without Bittman’s blog. An accomplished cookbook author, New York Times columnist, and food activist, Bittman is famous for his commitment to advocating a plant-based diet. The prolific writer is also renowned (some might say infamous) for his attacks on factory farms, love of local food, and participation in the Slow Food movement.Photo: www.markbittman.com


21. 
Lisa Cain

Lisa Cain

Who doesn’t love a snack? Cain, a biologist by training, writes about nutrition, new food products, and, perhaps best of all, snack recipes. The extensive recipe index is broken down by Weight Watchers points values, allergies, type of meal, and so on to make it super easy for readers to find what they’re looking for. Unlike many food bloggers, Cain often taste-tests and reviews  food products and  pre-packaged snacks , proving that you don’t have to cook every meal from scratch to still be healthy. Photo: www.snack-girl.com  

22.  Sean Croxton

Sean Croxton

The man behind Underground Wellness is a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and a Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor. What the heck does that mean? It means Croxton isn’t afraid to dig deeper into health and nutrition, and is obsessed with discovering the root causes to common health woes. Underground Wellness focuses — via blog posts, guest bloggers, videos, and podcasts — mainly on how we can use diet to improve overall health.Photo: www.foodandfamconference.com

 23. Julie Fagan

Julie Fagan

Julie Fagan is a certified personal trainer, a curious home cook, and an avid traveler and adventurer. Her blog, Peanut Butter Fingers, is a well-rounded snapshot of all of these pursuits and passions. Fagan writes about food, running, racing, and her life in general with personable, fun, and down-to-earth flair. After becoming a certified trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Fagan added a “study tips” section to her blog as a resource for other readers hoping to get certified. Photo: www.pbfingers.com

 24. Matt Frazier

Matt Frazier

Frazier isn’t afraid to shout his message from the (Internet) rooftops! On his site, No Meat Athlete, the runner details his plant-based diet and explains (quite convincingly) how it’s possible to be a vegetarian and a serious athlete at the same time. Best of all, Frazier explains his point of view in an open, inclusive, and entirely non-judgmental way. In addition to writing blog posts, Frazier’s penned  a book  and  multiple   training guides , as well as a regular  podcast  and an  online training course Photo: www.nomeatathlete.com

 25. Gena Hamshaw

Gena Hamshaw

Raw food goes way beyond nuts, berries, and plain lettuce, and Gena Hamshaw is out to tell the world about it. Her popular blog, Choosing Raw, includes information about deciding to pursue a vegan or raw lifestyle, tons of raw, gluten-free, and vegan recipes, and thoughts on overcoming eating disorders. Hamshaw is an outspoken advocate for a plant-based lifestyle and has contributed to publications like Food52, O Magazine, and Whole Living Daily. Photo:www.facebook.com/choosingraw

 31. Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle

Nestle has been  paying attention to food and nutrition  since before the Internet existed (think about that for a second). Her focus is public health and nutrition, which she teaches at New York University. Nestle has written eight books about food production and nutrition in the U.S., so she  probably  knows what she’s talking about! She also regularly weighs in about the food industry and health on her blog, Food Politics. Photo:www.foodpolitics.com

 32. Kathy Patalsky

Kathy Petalsky

Powerhouse food blogger Patalsky operates not one, but two popular vegan recipe blogs. She founded Healthy. Happy. Life. in 2007 and created  Finding Vegan , a Tastespotting-inspired online community for vegan eating, in 2011. In both projects, Patalsky sticks with her trademark style — a fun, casual writing voice, a love for bright graphics, and above all, a dedication to living an animal-friendly lifestyle. Check out her book  365 Vegan Smoothies  for some snacktime inspiration.Photo: Caroline White Photography

 33. Mark Sisson

Mark Sisson

Mark’s Daily Apple is a go-to site for anyone interested in the Paleo diet or primal lifestyle (just check out that active discussion forum!). Sisson’s company, Primal Blueprint, offers coaching, nutritional counseling, supplements, and educational materials for Paleo devotees. Sisson’s main inspiration is “Grok,” a fictional caveman persona who inspires the blogger throughout all his hunter-gatherer pursuits. Photo:www.marksdailyapple.com

Happiness

37. Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta

Babauta’s blog, Zen Habits, is one of the most popular and widely read sites on the Internet dedicated to minimalism, self-improvement, and simplicity. With clear, well-phrased prose, Babauta explains the benefits (and nitty-gritty how-tos) of living a simplified lifestyle. He’s super-honest about his past struggles with his weight, smoking, and debt, and his content is actionable, motivational, and aspirational, all in one easy to read package. Plus, it’s uncopyrighted , because he believes that everyone should have the opportunity to reprint and improve his words. Zen indeed. Photo:

 38. Ragen Chastain

Ragen Chasta

Chastain is an outspoken advocate for Health at Every Size (HAES) who also happens to be an incredible writer and dancer. She’s out to prove that skinny doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, and that we all need to learn to love and appreciate our bodies (no matter our size). Chastain isn’t afraid to question or challenge the status quo on her blog, Dances With Fat. She’s dedicated to proving that “fat” isn’t a dirty word — it can also mean healthy, athletic, happy, and awesome. Outside the blog, she has  written a book , created dance videos, and is an  accomplished speaker Photo: Richard Sabel

 39. Jay Fields

Jay Fields

Success, failure, everyday life… Jay Fields has wise words to say no matter the occasion. Throughout her blog, Grace & Grit Yoga, Fields’ experience as a yoga instructor, writer, and all-around teacher is apparent. Her blog posts explain real-life situations, draw conclusions, and turn each vignette into a teachable moment. Grace & Grit is all about finding and nourishing the inner “you.” To that end, Fields also offers a 28-day, online HomeBody Yoga  course so people can jump-start their yoga practice, both mentally and physically. Photo:www.graceandgrityoga.com

 40. Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields

It’s hard to pigeonhole Jonathan Fields. His eponymous blog covers creativity, positive thinking, business and management strategy, motivation, leadership, conscious living, parenting, writing, and public speaking. Phew! Fields is always looking for a new strategy or line of thinking that will yield higher fulfillment, success, and happiness. That perspective is evident in  The Good Life Project , an inspirational movement Fields created to share stories of people living meaningful lives and to inspire viewers to do the same. Photo:www.jonathanfields.com

 50. Colin Wright

Colin Wright

Every four months, writer and entrepreneur Colin Wright moves to a new country after tallying up reader votes (Yep, he just goes wherever they tell him to.). Wright has been documenting his travels on his blog, Exile Lifestyle, since 2009, when he moved from LA to Argentina. He shapes his life and adventures around a set of philosophies: humanism, minimalism, entrepreneurship, sustainability, open-mindedness, self-improvement, living, and travel. Sounds good to us! Photo: Adam Dressler

(For all 50 blogs, go to Greatist.com.)

 

 


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  • After a Republican push in Congress on a GOP health care overhaul bill melted down last Friday, there are not many opportunities for President Donald Trump to turn things around on Capitol Hill right now, as with little of his agenda in the pipeline, it is possible that the President may have to waits months for a significant legislative achievement to make it through the Congress. Here is where things stand on Capitol Hill for the Trump Administration. 1. Lots of campaign promises, but little ready for action. With the GOP health care bill seemingly now off the agenda in the Congress, where does President Trump go for a much-needed legislative victory? The answer reminds me of what I said about health care and Republicans for the last six years – they have lots of ideas, but there is no GOP consensus on what to do, or how to get it through the House and Senate. That description could apply to a number of big issues, like tax reform, budget cuts, entitlement reform, balancing the budget, building new roads and bridges, and many other issues. For a variety of reasons, there are no bills ready for action on anything major at this point on the Trump Agenda, as Mr. Trump is definitely behind where things stood eight years ago legislatively. Laws signed by Obama, at this point in 2009 · Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act· SCHIP reauthorization· DTV Delay Act· Stimulus bill· Omnibus — Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 26, 2017 2. The one bright spot for Trump – Neil Gorsuch. Let’s not ignore the one possible victory in the short term for the President, his choice for U.S. Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch was untouched in last week’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but his final approval is not a slam dunk, as Democrats are threatening to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. Still, it’s not clear that all Democrats will go along with that, and Gorsuch may get approved after an Easter break on Capitol Hill. That would certainly be a big victory for Mr. Trump and Republicans – but it may be about the only major item they will celebrate on any time soon in the halls of Congress. 'Neal Gorsuch. Neal Gorsuch. Neal Gorsuch.' My closing comment on @MeetThePress 30 years from now, God willing, Justice Gorsuch will still b — Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) March 26, 2017 3. Tax reform unlikely to produce a quick victory for Trump. While the President has made clear he wants to move on from the GOP health care debacle to tax reform, that is not an item that will fly through Congress. If you think health care reform is tricky, just wait until you get every corporate lobbyist imaginable in Washington, D.C. involved in a major tax reform effort. The last time the Congress approved a tax reform bill, it took a little over a year to get it through the House and Senate and to the President’s desk – that was the Tax Reform Act of 1986. There is a reason they call the lobby outside of the House Ways and Means Committee, “Gucci Gulch” – it will be packed with very well paid lobbyists of all stripes. Attention members of Gucci Gulch https://t.co/Oy3RQKTxjp — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 24, 2017 4. A U.S.-Mexican border wall is no slam dunk. President Trump has asked the Congress to approve $3.1 billion so his administration can jump start work on a wall along the Mexican border, but that’s no gimme on Capitol Hill. Mr. Trump wants some of that money approved as part of budget plan for the rest of the current fiscal year; a temporary budget runs out on April 28. While that is just over a month from now, the Congress will soon be gone on a two week Easter break, and there are some fears a mini-budget showdown next month could even lead to a government shutdown. One thing that may rile up some Republicans is the need to use eminent domain to get the land along the border to build the wall. Trump likes eminent domain – many in the GOP do not. Report: Texans on Mexico border receive letters threatening eminent domain for Trump's wall. https://t.co/g0Aw80wqH7 — Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) March 17, 2017 5. What about the Trump Infrastructure plan? Through the campaign, there was a lot of talk by the President about a $1 trillion package for infrastructure spending – not all from the government, but a public-private partnership to deliver construction jobs on news roads, bridges and more. But over two months into his administration, the White House has not yet delivered a plan, and Congress is not ready with any bill as of yet. The odd part of this issue is obvious, as Republicans spent the last eight years resisting much smaller infrastructure plans offered by President Obama, mainly on the grounds of the cost. This is another major issue that’s not ready for a vote in either the House or Senate. Which committees/members of Congress are working on or drafting infrastructure legislation? — Sydney (@Sydney843) March 26, 2017 6. Trump budget likely to bring even more Capitol Hill intrigue. If you enjoyed the ebb and flow of the internal Republican troubles over health care, just wait until we get to the budget presented by President Trump. That plan is asking for $54 billion more in defense spending next year, offset by $54 billion in budget cuts from non-defense programs. Just as the GOP was divided into different camps on health care, the same is true on the budget. Some Republican lawmakers are aghast at the lack of effort by the White House to deal with the budget deficit. Others want much more in defense spending. There are many ready to resist various cuts put forward by the White House as well. Some of the specific Trump cuts that would be felt in local communities are already drawing fire, with little push back from the White House. Here’s a perfect example of budget concern coming from a red state: Trump’s budget cuts could affect Topeka, Billard airport operationshttps://t.co/hueNlp384X — CJOnline (@CJOnline) March 26, 2017 7. GOP finger pointing won’t help produce legislative wins. President Trump on Sunday used Twitter to lash out at conservative Republicans in Congress and outside conservative groups that were opposed to the health care reform bill that ran aground last week, as he singled out the Freedom Caucus for criticism. “Mark Meadows betrayed Trump and America and supported Pelosi and Democrats to protect Obamacare,” said Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), again going after the head of the House Freedom Caucus. Not only is the country divided politically, but so too is the Republican Party in Congress, and that was very obvious in the last week. If the majority party isn’t united in Washington, that makes life difficult when it comes to legislating. This tweet shows you some Republicans aren’t scared of crossing the President one bit. Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2017 I take it GOP leadership still hasn't told Trump the PP provision was a 1yr bait and switch? See page 23 of CBO https://t.co/O9cGKQeqzb https://t.co/yKVPG1UvHe — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 26, 2017 8. It’s not just the Freedom Caucus that Trump is mad at. As more stories leak out about the President’s lobbying efforts on health care, it’s becoming apparent that he gave an earful to some Republican moderates as well. On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) acknowledged that he had been on the receiving end of one Trump jab, as the President reportedly told Dent that he and other opponents of the health care bill were “destroying America,” as the New York Times reported that Trump told Dent his position would endanger future efforts in Congress at tax reform. One had Trump wondering aloud, “Why am I even talking to you?” when Dent said he would be a “No” vote. 9. Whither the Freedom Caucus? Whether they’ve been called the Freedom Caucus or Tea Party Republicans, those more conservative Republicans elected in the GOP since the 2010 elections have been very straightforward in the amount of change that they want to see in Congress and in the federal government – a lot. But the problem is, they’ve done little more than just be the block of votes that says, “No” – they have not been a group that’s bubbling over with legislative ideas, they have not been on the floor leading the charge on budget cuts and other government reform proposals. This latest battle over health care prompted one Republican to quit the Freedom Caucus on Sunday – Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) made clear that he wants to see legislative achievements in the future. Thx for your leadership @realDonaldTrump @SpeakerRyan Some only want to be the party of 'no' & would've voted against the 10 commandments — Ted Poe (@JudgeTedPoe) March 24, 2017 10. So, where does that leave Trump? Don’t buy into the stories that say everything is collapsing for President Trump. But don’t go whistling by the graveyard either. I wrote five weeks ago that the GOP Congress had nothing really in the legislative pipeline for Trump to sign, other than some bills that repealed individual rules from the Obama Administration. While those certainly fit into what Trump promised during the campaign, most of that is not tip-of-the-tongue kind of stuff for politicians back home. But it’s all that Republicans have right now in terms of action in Congress. Trump seemed to understand that, as he made it part of his pitch to reluctant Republicans on health care. And for now, there seem to be few opportunities for legislative success in the near term for Mr. Trump. Momentum is important in sports. And it is important in politics as well. 'Trump didn't offer any arguments for why they should support the legislation other than to give him his first legislative victory' — DennisM (@newsagg) March 25, 2017
  • After the collapse of health care reform legislation in the House on Friday, Republicans in the Congress and President Donald Trump now must decide what’s next on their respective agendas, as the GOP tries to pick up the pieces from a very public legislative failure over an issue that had been their central political focus for the last seven years. Here’s the look from Capitol Hill. 1. The first big setback for the Trump agenda. You can try to downplay what happened, but there was little positive to take from this health care debacle in the House. “I will not sugarcoat this; this is a disappointing day for us,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan after the vote was canceled. President Trump tried to blame Democrats, but that rang hollow since the White House had done no serious outreach to the other party. With this setback, it’s even more apparent how little has been done so far by the GOP Congress with respect to the Trump Agenda. Other than approving a series of plans to reverse specific regulations of the Obama Administration, no bills of any import have been passed. Infrastructure, jobs bills, tax cuts, cutting government – all of that sounds good – but so far, no action. And Trump wrote 'The Art of the Deal' — Bill Mitchell (@JerseyGuy_Bill) March 25, 2017 2. Trump allies turn their sights on Speaker Ryan. It wasn’t hard to hear the low rumbling of some supporters of President Trump, as they used the Friday health care debacle to immediately try to make Speaker Ryan the scapegoat. Ann Coulter bluntly said, “Ryan is not on Trump’s side.” Pro-Trump websites like InfoWars and Breitbart immediately attacked Ryan as well, with some conservatives urging the House Freedom Caucus to help dump Ryan, arguing that he is the perfect illustration of the Republican Establishment that needs to be excised from Swamp of Washington, D.C. Paul Ryan is not on @POTUS' side – https://t.co/QVOHBDIKiT #KilledTheBill #FunFactFriday — Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) March 24, 2017 3. Full repeal of Obamacare needs 60 votes in the Senate. If Republicans couldn’t muster a majority in the House – how are they going to get 60 votes in the Senate to really change the bulk of the Obama health law? The answer – they’re not going to do that any time soon. But full repeal was still the mantra from a number of Republicans as the House GOP health care bill went down the tubes on Friday. “I remain committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with conservative reforms,” said Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN). “Congress should take its time and pass a good bill that actually repeals ObamaCare,” said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). But the truth is, unless Republicans get 60 votes in the 2018 elections, an Obama health law repeal bill faces a difficult road in the Congress. I applaud House conservatives for keeping their word to the American people. I look forward to passing full repeal https://t.co/ftyj6sCw0v — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 24, 2017 4. This fight on health care is already over? It seems hard to believe that Republicans are just going to drop the issue of health care reform, especially after making it such a central part of their political message in recent years. But President Trump seemed to send the signal that he is going to focus his political capital on other issues, like tax reform. “That one is going to be fun,” the President said earlier this week, as his Treasury Secretary predicted a final tax bill would on the President’s desk by early August. The last time Congress approved major tax reform was 1986. There’s a reason it hasn’t happened in over 30 years. It is not easy. And the lobbyists of Gucci Gulch will be ready. President Trump says tax reform is the next item on his agenda https://t.co/dLNduSPgl6 — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 24, 2017 5. This wasn’t really much of an effort. The White House said the President “left everything on the field” to get a health care bill. But it doesn’t look like that at all. Go back eight years, and Democrats were just launching their 13 month effort to forge what would become known as Obamacare. It went through the spring, summer, fall, winter, and then into the next spring of 2010, before being achieved. By contrast, the GOP introduced its health care bill on March 6 and gave up on March 24. Back in 2009 and 2010, Democrats struggled to keep their side together, but managed to get 60 votes for their package in the Senate. The GOP couldn’t even get a majority in the House. There is still time to go back to the drawing board. But it takes more than 18 days of work. Remember when Republicans promised they would try to fiddle with Obamacare for a few weeks and then give up? — Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) March 24, 2017 6. Let the Republican finger pointing begin. One of the biggest immediate targets was the Freedom Caucus, the group of more conservative lawmakers which for years has been very good at holding out against the GOP leadership, but has done almost nothing in the way of substantive legislating. Some of that ire was aimed at Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the head of the Freedom Caucus. “Mark Meadows is more interested in being on the TV than solving problems,” fumed Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), who then aimed some more barbs at Meadows and pointedly made sure to tell a reporter – “You can quote me on that.” Exactly right. GOP & Trump own this,but @freedomcaucus & @Heritage_Action & others caused it. They are the pie-in-the-sky caucus. https://t.co/9tMcfk45ox — Brit Hume (@brithume) March 24, 2017 7. Don’t downplay the importance of this setback. Yes, it’s just one bill. Yes, it’s not the end of the world. But this failure was a big deal. Republicans have been talking for years about how they would repeal and replace the Obama health law. Donald Trump said he would do it right away. But for years, I have been reporting – and taking flak for saying – that while the GOP had lots of ideas, they didn’t have consensus on any plan. And that was obvious as they desperately tried to stitch together deals at the last minute to keep the bill moving. It’s pretty easy to lob verbal grenades at the other party – it’s a little different to offer substantive legislation and pass it. Humiliating defeat for GOP after years to prepare. Real blow to their argument that they could govern if only given the chance. — carl hulse (@hillhulse) March 24, 2017 8. This was not a good week for President Trump. It started Monday with the FBI Director publicly confirming that not only was there an investigation of how Russia meddled in last year’s election, but also a probe of any links between the Trump Campaign and Moscow. The FBI chief also made clear there was no evidence to back up Trump’s claim that he had been wiretapped in 2016. And the NSA shot down talk that British Intelligence had helped with surveillance on Trump Tower. Meanwhile, the Trump travel and refugee ban stayed on hold the courts, despite Mr. Trump’s declaration that judges were overstepping their authority. Then the week ended with a health care thud. Tomorrow's cover: Trump forced to cancel health care vote in stunning blow https://t.co/53Po4iXVbM pic.twitter.com/lEQe5Qc22g — New York Post (@nypost) March 24, 2017
  • Unable to convince GOP lawmakers to get on board with a plan to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans in the House decided not to even force a vote on the measure, a major setback for both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. “This bill is dead,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who played a central role in cobbling together this plan. 'This bill is dead,' House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Walden says — Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) March 24, 2017 The bill never even came to a vote, as it became obvious that Republicans had nowhere near a majority of lawmakers ready to vote for it. Democrats were more than happy to pile on the GOP legislative debacle. #ObamaCare 1 – #Trumpcare 0. — Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) March 24, 2017
  • In the end, monolithic opposition by Democrats coupled with opposition from the far right doomed Friday’s vote on the American Health Care Act, the GOP bill that would have repealed and replaced the law commonly known as “Obamacare.” GOP leadership decided to pull the bill, realizing that it could not pass. The Trump administration made it clear early Friday that negotiations were over, and the president wanted an up or down vote Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan went to the White House to report he didn’t have the votes to pass the bill; President Trump had previously said win or lose, Rep. Ryan should keep his position as Speaker. The GOP plan (AHCA) would have ended the mandate that all Americans pay for health insurance, replacing it with a plan where the federal government would give Americans tax credits, based on age. That would have saved taxpayers billions of dollars, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, but would have left  24 million additional Americans without health coverage within the next decade. Many governors, including some Republicans, also had serious concerns about the additional burdens passed on to states under the AHCA.
  • The Pawhuska woman recently accused of exposing herself to a classroom of students was arrested this week on accusations of stealing a purse.  According to the arrest report, Lacey Sponsler allegedly stole a purse while at the Broken Arrow Lanes bowling alley near 111th and Elm last Thursday.   The report states that witnesses saw her acting suspiciously and looking at people’s belongings. One witness saw her grab a purse and asked if it was hers. She said it was not.   A witness then reportedly saw Sponsler walk into the game room and return wearing different clothes. Police were called and found her in the bathroom.   Sponsler was arrested in February for doing a cartwheel in front of students at a Pawhuska school. She was not wearing anything under her dress and exposed herself to the students.