×
March 14, 2018

Norwegian musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom won the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday when he crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska, just after 3 a.m. local time, the Anchorage Daily News reports. It is Leifseth Ulsom's first time winning the nearly 1,000-mile race, although his time — 9 days, 13 hours, and one minute — is almost half an hour shorter than his previous slowest Iditarod run in 2013. He claimed the slowest winning time since 2009.

Leifseth Ulsom had been trailing fellow musher Nic Petit on Monday, before Petit lost his lead during a snowstorm about 777 miles into the race. By the time Leifseth Ulsom reached White Mountain, the second-to-last checkpoint in the race on Tuesday, he had a nearly three-hour lead on Petit, The Associated Press reports.

Leifseth Ulsom is the third Iditarod winner born outside the United States, and he breaks a winning streak by the Seavey family; Dallas Seavey and his dad, Mitch Seavey, had alternated winning every Iditarod since 2011. Dallas sat out the 2018 race in protest of a scandal stemming from his dogs testing positive for the banned opioid pain reliever Tramadol after last year's Iditarod. Jeva Lange

3:24 p.m.

The drama between White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, her husband, and President Trump is only getting messier.

George Conway told The Washington Post on Tuesday that it's "maddening" to watch Trump's "incompetence," and his anti-Trump tweets are "just the way to get it out of the way, so I can get it off my chest and move on with my life that day" and "frankly, it's so I don't end up screaming at [Kellyanne] about it." Trump had lashed out at Conway on Twitter earlier in the day, calling him a "total loser!"

Conway also detailed a number of interactions he's apparently had with Trump over the years, despite Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, claiming the president "doesn't even know him!" Conway said Trump has, in fact, spoken with him over the phone to get his legal opinion several times and once asked him in person whether he should fire then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara. Conway also said he once rode with Trump on the way to a costume party and that Trump went "on and on" about National Security Adviser John Bolton's mustache, with this being a reason he didn't want to pick Bolton as secretary of state.

Kellyanne Conway is reportedly frustrated with her husband's tweets, and "went on a lengthy rant about her husband" during a party last month attended by several journalists. She reportedly said that she believes her husband is jealous of her and that he prefers "to spend his time in front of his computer, while she preferred to socialize," writes the Post.

George Conway, though, swears he isn't jealous of his wife at all, saying, "No one was prouder than I was that she was able to elect this man president despite his obvious flaws." Brendan Morrow

3:21 p.m.

Florida prosecutors are reportedly already prepared to cut a deal with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Kraft was among 25 people charged last month with soliciting a prostitute at a Florida "spa" where women worked in "sexual servitude," police said at the time. Now, prosecutors are saying they'll drop the charges against Kraft and the other people charged if they "admit they would have been proven guilty at trial," The Wall Street Journal reports.

Under the reported deal, all the people charged in the prostitution sting would have to take an education course on prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, be tested for STDs, and pay some court fees to get their charges dropped, per the Journal. But in what the Journal calls an "unusual provision," those charged would also have to look at the evidence against them and admit that, if they faced a trial, they'd be proven guilty.

A spokesperson for the Florida state attorney's office said this is "the standard resolution for first-time offenders," per the Journal. Kraft's lawyers denied any illegal activity after his arrest, so there's a chance he may still try to fight the charges in court.

Police in Jupiter, Florida, unveiled their bust of a massive prostitution ring centered in a Palm Beach County massage parlor last month. The founder and former owner of the spa, Cindy Yang, was later found to have visited President Trump's club at Mar-a-Lago several times, was invited to the White House, and reportedly said she could sell access to Trump. Kraft and Trump have been close friends for years. Kathryn Krawczyk

2:36 p.m.

Amy O'Rourke's life doesn't look anything like what her husband Beto promised her 14 years ago.

When the couple first moved in together, Beto wrote a letter to Amy promising her a life of "listening to music, making dinner for friends" and "drinking wine on the front porch." Now Beto's running for president — and it's "completely contrary" to what Amy had envisioned for them, she tells The Washington Post in a profile published Tuesday.

Beto proposed to Amy on April Fool's Day, just four months after they met. The Post calls the date "appropriate," considering the antics Beto pulled once they were married:

And then there were the pranks: the remote-controlled cockroach in the kitchen, the "Psycho"-style scares in the shower. One time, according to a friend, Beto collected an especially verdant turd from one of their kids' diapers and put it in a bowl, telling Amy it was avocado. (Neither would confirm this, though Beto did allow it sounded like something he'd do.)

Though less disgusting, Amy did recount a few more issues she had with Beto in the following years to the Post. Beto was on El Paso, Texas' city council when they met, but when he said he wanted to run for Congress, she cried. He won, and it then took Beto's loss in 2018's Texas Senate race to bring him home to his three kids for his "longest stretch of time ... in seven years," the Post writes. Beto asked Amy if she'd like him to quit politics at that point, but Amy — though she'd seen "the pain in her kids' eyes when their calls kept going to voice mail" — said no.

Read more at The Washington Post. Kathryn Krawczyk

2:34 p.m.

Google has just unveiled its potentially revolutionary new video game streaming service, Stadia.

The company's new platform, which was announced on Tuesday at the 2019 Game Developers Conference, will allow users to stream video games across their desktops, laptops, TVs, tablets, and phones without the need for expensive hardware, per CNBC. The company said, per The Verge, that the service will allow for "instant access to play" since no downloads are required, and it says users will be able to jump into a game in less than five seconds, writes The Hollywood Reporter. An announcement video for Stadia declares, "The future of gaming is not a box. It's a place."

Stadia will work on devices with a Chrome browser, with Google having previously tested a program that allowed users to stream Assassin's Creed Odyssey in a browser, TechCrunch reports. Although you'll be able to use USB controllers or your keyboard and mouse with Stadia, Google will also launch a controller with it, which connects directly to WiFi. No price point for Stadia has been announced, nor has a full line-up of launch titles, although one of them will be Doom Eternal, reports The Verge.

Google is the latest company to jump into the cloud gaming pool — Microsoft previously announced its own video game streaming service called Project xCloud. Amazon and Apple both reportedly plan to launch a similar services as the race to become the definitive "Netflix for games" heats up. Brendan Morrow

2:31 p.m.

"Democracy in the United Kingdom is all but dead." That's according to Donald Trump Jr., at least.

The Telegraph published a scathing op-ed on the Brexit chaos in the U.K. written by President Trump's eldest son on Tuesday.

In the piece, Trump Jr. criticizes Prime Minister Theresa May for ignoring advice from his father, who expressed a similar, though less dramatic, sentiment about the withdrawal process last week. "I gave the Prime Minister my ideas on how to negotiate it," the president said last Thursday. "She didn't listen to that and that's fine."

Trump Jr. wrote that Brexit was akin to his father's 2016 presidential election victory, which he argues was followed not by a peaceful transition of power, but instead by attempts by Democrats and "deep state" operatives to subvert the will of the American people.

Both Brexit and the 2016 election, Trump Jr. writes, were votes "to uproot the establishment for the sake of individual freedom and independence, only to see the establishment try to silence their voices and overturn their mandates." He added that what is happening in Washington and between London and the EU is "the desperate, last-gasp attempt by those previously in power to cling on to what was once theirs."

He ended the piece by declaring "the battle for independence" has only just begun. Read the op-ed at The Telegraph. Tim O'Donnell

1:37 p.m.

Two more 2020 Democrats say eliminating the Electoral College may be the way to go.

Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke on Tuesday said that there's "a lot of wisdom to" the idea of abolishing the Electoral College, pointing to the fact that in 2016, "the loser got three million more votes than the victor," per NBC's Kailani Koenig. The system puts "some states out of play altogether" and makes it so they "don't feel like their votes really count," he argued. O'Rourke also said that "if we really want every person to vote ... we've got to make sure their votes count."

O'Rourke didn't formally back the proposal, though, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) did during an event on Monday. The Massachusets senator said that making sure that "every vote matters" means it's necessary to "get rid of the Electoral College," per The New York Times. Republicans have criticized this idea, with Sen. Marco Rubio (D-Fla.) saying on Tuesday that "ironically [the] same people always preaching about our 'constitutional norms' want to change the ones they find inconvenient."

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, another 2020 Democrat, also called for eliminating the Electoral College, telling The Washington Post on Tuesday, "It's gotta go." Brendan Morrow

1:03 p.m.

President Trump on Tuesday attacked late Senator John McCain for the fourth time in as many days, this time during a meeting with the president of Brazil.

While speaking to reporters in the Oval Office alongside Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, Trump yet again criticized the Republican senator who died in 2018 following a battle with cancer. When asked why he has been going after McCain, Trump said that he is "very unhappy" that McCain didn't vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017. "I think that's disgraceful," said Trump. "Plus, there are other things."

"I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be," Trump added. Per CNN's Manu Raju, the president did not take a follow-up question about whether his attacks on the late senator are "beneath the dignity of the office."

Trump repeatedly went after McCain on Twitter over the weekend, attacking him for his ObamaCare vote and falsely accusing him of leaking the Russia dossier written by Christopher Steele to the media before the 2016 election and of being last in his class. Trump also retweeted a supporter who wrote that "we hated McCain."

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, responded to Trump's attacks on Monday by saying that the president will "never be a great man" and that he leads a "pathetic life." Brendan Morrow

See More Speed Reads