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Ryan Watts

Sweet & Elite in the City of Brotherly Love

  Being a basketball fan in March is fun, no matter who your team is. But when your allegiance lies with the Tar Heels, it can be nothing short of stressful. If you haven’t had the chance to attend a weekend at the ACC or NCAA tournament, it’s a bucket list item. The energy of the arena is palpable, filled with the hopes and dreams of other teams and their fans from across the country, hoping this is their year. Sometimes, I wonder what it would be like to cheer for a different team, a Cinderella. You don’t expect to...

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Carolina Blue in the Strangest of Places

It really is a small world, after all. Over the last two weeks, I’ve been in Buenos Aires on a business trip and the experience has been fascinating. During my two previous trips to Spain, they won the World Cup and Euro Championship respectively. And lo and behold, the second day of my trip to Argentina, the first pope from the “Western world” was elected – and from where? You guessed it. The celebration was unlike anything I had seen before. For Argentineans, and even those from surrounding countries, the election of Pope Francisco was a monumental occasion. Amongst...

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The Sequester Game is "OVER-RATED"

Washington, DC   OVER-RATED *clap* *clap* *clap clap clap* It’s all a game in Washington – a very overrated one. Just like in basketball, baseball or pretty much any sport, numbers don’t lie. Unless the people twisting them to back-up their point of view are. No one will deny that the arbitrary spending cuts that Washington self-imposed on the nation are at best, an inconvenience. Slicing $85 billion dollars for 7 months worth of the year is no joke, but President Obama has all but predicted an economic catastrophe. But that’s where the numbers tell a different story. $85...

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The Sequester Game is "OVER-RATED"

Washington, DC   OVER-RATED *clap* *clap* *clap clap clap* It’s all a game in Washington – a very overrated one. Just like in basketball, baseball or pretty much any sport, numbers don’t lie. Unless the people twisting them to back-up their point of view are. No one will deny that the arbitrary spending cuts that Washington self-imposed on the nation are at best, an inconvenience. Slicing $85 billion dollars for 7 months worth of the year is no joke, but President Obama has all but predicted an economic catastrophe. But that’s where the numbers tell a different story. $85...

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Quick Hits Around Washington

Washington, DC   – Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, didn’t take long to cause a commotion once out of office. Her office released hillaryclintonoffice.com causing rumors predicting a 2016 run to gain further traction. The new site, launched January 30th, is undergoing further development, though it is worth noting that hillaryclinton.com now forwards to this new URL. – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been making the media rounds this week, appearing on David Letterman’s The Tonight Show on Monday night, drawing praise from the notoriously liberal, Letterman, for his wonderful work in the wake of Hurricane Sandy....

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What to Watch For in Obama's Second Term

Washington, DC An estimated 900,000 people showed up to the area surrounding the National Mall, Capitol Building and Pennsylvania Avenue to watch President Barack Obama take his public oath of office on Monday. Per Constitutional rules requiring the new President to be sworn in on January 20th, Obama took his official oath on Sunday in the Oval Office. Several key Congressional players were also invited to partake in the ceremony. Sources have indicated that Mr. Obama took the opportunity to reset the playing field for his new term by “starting fresh.” What’s on the docket for Obama’s second term?...

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Chapelboro to Washington

Chapelboro to Washington: Introduction I grew up in Chapel Hill, attended Ephesus Elementary, Phillips Middle, East Chapel Hill and really broke out of the box by attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What I came to realize is that the old saying of Chapel Hill being a “bubble” is certainly true. While you can be as in-touch or out of touch with the world ‘outside the bubble’ as you would like, living in Chapel Hill seems to shelter its residents from the harsher realities of the outside world. The University setting allows for a more predictable...

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