🇺🇸 Will a Rematch Be a Reality?
March 15, 2022

Good morning, and happy Tuesday! Officials in Aurora, Colorado are staffing 911 call centers with mental health professionals in an attempt to de-escalate various crises and help police officers who may be called to respond.

Plus, a dagger found in King Tut’s tomb is constructed of iron, which wasn’t being mined by humans at the time of his death. The metal almost definitely came from outer space, but scientists have a theory as to how it was made.

Also, get ready to put away your winter clothes with these storage bags. Check out that Flag find and more as we dive into the day.

Flag Polls


ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 3/14: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 40,
Disapprove 58
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 3/14: Direction of Country, Rasmussen Reports Right Track 29,
Wrong Track 65
R 3/11: Generic Congress Vote, Wall Street Journal Democrats 41,
Republicans 46

Trending On The Left


Huff PostLeaked Kremlin Memo Told Russian Media To Feature Lots Of Tucker Carlson

CNNBreonna Taylor's mother meets with DOJ, demands charges against officers in her death

WaPo: Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Thomas, attended ‘Stop-the-Steal’ rally before Capitol attack

Trending On The Right


BreitbartTexas Restarts Border Wall Project Cancelled by Biden, Says Governor

Fox NewsBiden slammed for response to Ukraine war: 'Enough talk, people are dying'

The Blaze: GOP bill would eliminate the Biden ATF's database on gun sales

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QUICK CLICKS

Virtual Address, Musk Vs. Putin, China COVID Lockdown


World: Zelensky to make virtual address to US Congress (The Hill)

US: Elon Musk challenges Putin to high-stakes duel (Fox Business)

World: China orders 51 million into lockdown as COVID surges (ABC)

US: White House considering possible Biden trip to Europe (NBC)

World: Russia could default on its debt within days (CNN)

World: Pregnant woman, baby die after Russia bombed maternity ward (AP)

World: Fox News journalist hospitalized in Ukraine (Axios)

US: DC, NY police seek gunman apparently preying on homeless people (WaPo)

US: Manchin opposes Biden Fed nominee Raskin (POLITICO)

ELECTION 2024

Will A Rematch Be A Reality?

Former President Trump held a campaign-style rally this past weekend, where he alluded to running again in 2024. In response, leading political news outlets published a fresh round of speculation as to a possible rematch between President Biden and Trump.

From the Left: “Donald Trump hasn't said for sure if he will run in 2024. But he's having a hell of a lot of fun teasing it. … More than a year after he left the White House, Trump is still the center of the Republican universe. And that's truest of all for his most committed fans. Thousands of rallygoers waited for hours on Saturday in frigid, gusty weather.” (NPR)

From the Right: “The former president, speaking at a rally Saturday night in Florence, South Carolina, once again flirted with launching another White House campaign … ‘we are going to take back that beautiful, beautiful White House.’ … Trump remains the most popular and influential politician in the Republican Party as he continues to play a kingmaker’s role in the GOP 2022 primaries.” (Fox News)
 
From the Flag: While this year’s midterms have started to come into focus, many can’t resist looking ahead to the next presidential election. Here’s how both sides are reacting to a potential Trump-Biden round two.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Opportunity With Risk: Assessing The Upside And Downside


Commentary from the right includes the notion a potential rematch would be a “heaven sent” do-over, in that voters may be regretting life without Trump. Others caution that if Trump runs, the Biden White House will have the media fully in their corner, because most outlets despise the former president. Finally, one analyst has implored Trump to abandon talk of voter fraud during the past election, if he ends up running in 2024.

“Under President Trump, We Really Had a Wonderful Life” Andy Biggs, American Greatness: “We see how one terrible leader imposing his disastrous policies on the American people has negatively impacted every American. … And, although we are assured by the Left that the 2020 presidential election was pristine—the best ever—we wonder wistfully what the world would look like had President Trump remained in the Oval Office instead of the blindingly incompetent and malevolent Joe Biden. … Who wouldn’t take some tweets in exchange for energy independence, reduced inflation, an economy that produced more participation—pre-COVID—than any in history, support for police, control of our borders, and support for parents’ supervision of their children’s education? Who wouldn’t prefer a reality that kept Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, North Korea, and Iran in check, and brought stability to the Middle East through the Abraham Accords? … The leftists don’t believe it because they like division and despair, but under President Trump, we really had a wonderful life.”

“Past Trump” W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner: “Trump complicates the GOP message in other ways. In an interview with Clay Travis and Buck Sexton, he made the obvious points about Russian President Vladimir Putin invading Ukraine under Biden’s watch rather than during his term in the White House, despite persistent Democratic allegations about Trump-Russia connections. ‘By the way, this never would have happened with us. Had I been in office, not even thinkable,’ he said. But Trump could not let it go at that and appeared to be in awe of Putin compared to Biden. ‘You've got to say that's pretty savvy,’ he said of Putin’s peacekeeping gambit in Ukraine’s breakaway regions. … This enabled White House press secretary Jen Psaki, whose boss is presiding over this heightened threat to Ukraine after many GOP lawmakers pressed the administration on Russia sanctions, to blame Trump and Republicans.”

“Forget the past 2020 election ‘steal,’ Donald — seize the opportunity now” Michael Goodwin, New York Post: “Although he’s right that most polls show a majority of GOP voters agree the election was stolen, fewer than a third of independents agree and only a sliver of Democrats do. … For most voters, the 2020 train left the station.” Keep reading.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

A Scary Truth: Trump Has A Path Toward Victory


Left-leaning commentary is taking a sober and honest look at Biden’s poor poll numbers, saying if Trump tones down his rhetoric he could have a shot at getting re-elected. Others say the electoral map from 2020 shows how close the race really was, and makes Biden-Trump a toss-up. Finally, one analyst is imploring Democrats to take the possibility of a Trump win seriously — especially given the potential for Ukraine-Russia to become a nuclear conflict.

“How Donald Trump could win the White House again in 2024” Kimberly Leonard, Business Insider: “Despite Trump's constant flirtations with another presidential campaign, it's still an open question as to whether he'll run at all. His political baggage could fill a cargo hold. … Yet Trump maintains a loyal, enthusiastic base that unsettles even some of the most traditional Republicans in Congress. Since leaving the White House, he has maintained a robust political operation and continues to conduct campaign-style rallies across the country. The broad consensus is that if Trump runs for president in 2024, he'll definitely lock up the GOP nomination. What would happen after that is decidedly less certain. … Some GOP insiders said Trump would be able to attack Biden's record if the current president's poll numbers continued to crater. … To appeal to all voters in a general election, Trump would likely have to alter his style and control his campaign message on the stump.”

“Yes, of course, Donald Trump can win in 2024” Chris Cillizza, CNN: “As in, yes, Trump is probably going to run for president again in 2024. And, yes, he would have a very real chance of winning. … The simple fact is that if the 2020 presidential race was re-run today, it would effectively be a pure toss-up. Which, if you think about it, makes sense. While Biden took more than 300 electoral votes, his margins in a series of swing states — like Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — were decidedly narrow. And had those states gone for Trump, he would have almost certainly been reelected. … It may be hard to believe given all Trump has said and done since leaving office — repeatedly pushing a false conspiracy about the 2020 election, praising Russian President Vladimir Putin as a genius — that he is … a coin toss, at worst, to win the 2024 general election. But, it's true.”

“We must Trump-proof the nuclear codes before 2024” Jordan Gans-Morse, NBC News: “... the United States and its NATO allies face the most severe geopolitical crisis of the post-Cold War era. … The office of the presidency, with its all but unlimited authority over the decision to employ nuclear weapons, needs to be Trump-proofed well before the 2024 presidential elections.” Keep reading.

FLAG THIS

Polling: How America Sees It With 30-Months To Go


If President Biden is challenged by former President Trump, polling indicates another close race would result. In January of this year, a survey determined Biden would win the popular-vote over Trump 45% to 44% (POLITICO/Morning Consult). A separate survey gave Trump a six-point lead over the incumbent Biden, 46% to 40% (Harris Poll).

Over the course of both January and February, one poll found 51% of Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters prefer someone other than Biden as the nominee (CNN/SSRS).

Finally in the most recent poll, published on Friday of this past week, respondents were deadlocked 45% to 45% when asked who they’d vote for in a hypothetical Trump-Biden rematch (WSJ).

Flag Poll: With the presidential election still over two years away, are you expecting it to be Biden vs. Trump? Join our discussion here.

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Russian Monarchy Ends, Wormhole, Victorian Theaters

On March 15, 1917, during the February Revolution, Czar Nicholas II, ruler of Russia since 1894, was forced to abdicate the throne by the Petrograd insurgents. The Russian monarchy had effectively been terminated, and a provincial government was installed in its place. Above is a photograph of the Czar (center right), his wife the Tsarina, and his five children. 

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Today I Learned during the Victorian period, because of fires, the average lifespan of a theater was under 20 years.

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