“My hands are shaking. I feel alive,” Del Potro said afterwards. “I was so happy on court. It’s like my second or third career in my short life. I was really sad at home for the last two years. “I like to share moments with the crowd. They support me on every single point and that’s why I keep fighting in every single set.” Stan Wawrinka is out of Wimbledon after defeat in four sets to Juan Martin del Potro.The Swiss ace was the fourth seed in the men’s singles and was a potential opponent for Andy Murray in the latter stages of the tournament.Argentine star del Potro recovered from losing the opening set 6-3 to turn back the clock after years plagued by injuries.The big server produced a display of power and finesse to triumph 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 on Centre Court.
Sloane Shearman is a writer and illustrator living in Arlington, Virginia. After studying anthropology at Penn State, her passion for civil society and for spreading knowledge lead her first to the Institute for Humane Studies, where she worked on Learn Liberty, and then to the Mercatus Center, where she helps recruit students for graduate fellowships in political economy and engage audiences for the Hayek Program and Conversations With Tyler podcasts. Her art is a natural outgrowth of her lifelong love of teaching and pursuit of enduring truths as a “student of civilization.” When facing the idea of turning 30, instead of spiraling out of control and jumping out of another airplane, Molly Fratz decided to finally pursue her lifelong dream–stand-up comedy. A midwest kid with an east coast wit, Molly’s sense of humor has the unique ability to connect with audiences of all kinds, with observations about everything from everyday life to sometimes on-stage-revelations about her relationship with her parents. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she now resides in Arlington, VA with her husband, Roger, and spends most of her time on stage or with her gorgeous mutt-nugget, Khali. THE LAISSEZ FAIR IS SPONSORED BYPlatinum Sponsors: Join us this fall for Laissez Fair, an exciting new celebration of local artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and creativity!Enjoy the open-air lawn seating, festival-style event featuring an afternoon of live performances and talks, headlined by a live podcast recording of Kibbe on Liberty featuring special guest Rep. Justin Amash. Laugh your butt off with stand up comics Laura Delhomme and Molly Fratz, and rock out to the musical stylings of Stephen Kent. Plus enjoy added perks like: instructor-led yoga classes, a pop-up marketplace of local artists and entrepreneurs, local food and drinks for purchase, lawn games, and more. Check out more about our lineup below, and stay tuned for more announcements coming soon!Pop in and out or bring your picnic baskets and blankets to stay for the full afternoon.Let’s celebrate our creative freedom and the people who bring these ideas to life. It’s a family-friendly celebration. So invite your whole crew and join us for an exciting and inspirational afternoon. Live and let live!Admission is $15, and drink tickets are $6 for alcoholic or $2 for non-alcoholic beverages.It’s a marketplace, meets TED, meets Coachella. And you won’t want to miss it. You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Julie Borowski talks about liberty on the internet. She’s best known for her YouTube channel that has close to 90K subscribers. She’s the author of a new children’s book, Nobody Knows How to Make a Pizza. Yes, it’s like I, Pencil. Except a lot cheesier. Laura Gingrich is a media producer building an animated kids’ show that tackles the cultural and ideological division in our country. Fish & Ships follows 6 kids, each with their own perspective and set of values, as they build a new home in the shadows of a forgotten civilization that failed to learn the value of diversity. Matt Kibbe is Co-founder and President at Free the People, an educational foundation which uses cutting edge technology, video production and good old storytelling in order to turn on the next generation to the values of liberty and cooperation. He is also an Executive Producer at CRTV. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna. In 2015 he served as Senior Advisor to a Rand Paul SuperPAC, and in 2016, created AlternativePAC to support liberty candidates. In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, where he served as President and CEO for 11 years. Steve Forbes said, “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.” Previously, Kibbe worked on Capitol Hill, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and at the Republican National Committee. Dubbed “The Scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is most recently author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto. Stand Up Comedy with Laura Delhomme and Molly FratzLaura Delhomme grew up in a conservative family in a conservative state, but read way too many John Grisham books early on and built a pretty intense anti-death penalty mindset (well, generally anti harming others). She believes all people have good in them, and left to their own devices, people can build beautiful things together, individually and collaboratively. Professionally, she spent a few years as a software developer, then applied for the Koch Associate Program on a whim; they mistakenly let her in, and thus kicked off seven years of HR and IT roles in various freedom-loving organizations. Music Performance by Stephen KentStephen Kent is one of the most active PR professionals and media bookers in the liberty movement. Handling talent through Young Voices, Stephen’s day to day is placing young libertarian all-stars everywhere from Fox News to CNN, NPR, SiriusXM and more. He’s an active solo musician and fronted the indie rock band Radio Reds for several years. He draws influence from Ryan Adams, Husker Du, REM, and the Gaslight Anthem. Alex Yershov was born in Moscow right before the fall of the Soviet Union and has had a natural mistrust of authority ever since. Today he works on the digital team at The Federalist Society and doubles as a freelance photographer. He’s also working towards growing Liberty Seeds, a company focused on spreading the message of liberty with printed quote cards designed to be shared with others in the physical world. In his spare time, Alex loves to practice yoga and explore the vast network of biking trails DC has to offer. J.P. Medved became a libertarian through a work of fiction (Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”) and has believed in the power of stories to change minds ever since. He’s active in the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association, runs the culture-focused ArtForLiberty.com website, and has written four libertarian short stories and novellas, a libertarian novel, and edited a libertarian short story collection for Students for Liberty’s Ama-Gi contest. He lives in Alexandria, VA, where he likes to cook everything in bacon fat. Featured ArtistsMatt Battaglia is an artist and filmmaker from New Jersey. He grew up in a relatively conservative family but didn’t find his “political voice” until he began working in DC in graphic design. He has worked with Matt Kibbe for almost a decade, and Kibbe’s view of libertarianism has helped shape Matt’s own political views. He is a passionate fan of comics and has been drawing and reading comics from an early age – he believes the art form has a deep history with liberty values and finds expressing himself with comics to be the most freeing and rewarding form of art. Matt is featuring art he has produced for Free the People and a mini-comic he produced for himself titled “Ghosts of the Carousel” – which is a boardwalk ghost story, a meditation on nostalgia and negative pasts. Silver Sponsors: Gold Sponsors: Hilary Hackleman’s birthright was art and a strong distrust of authority figures. She has never met a regulation she liked. She fought the state in England during the Brexit campaign and continues her battle for liberty by raising funds for the Leadership Institute. She also co-leads the D.C. Ladies of Liberty Alliance chapter, tries to grow vegetables, and paints commissions in her free time. Headliner: Live Podcast Recording of Kibbe on Libertywith Rep. Justin AmashVideo Playerhttps://americasfuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Kibbe-Amash-Live.mp400:0000:0000:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Rep. Justin Amash represents Michigan’s Third District in the House of Representatives. He leads the incorporation of Facebook and other social media into his work as an elected official by posting explanations of his votes online, and he has set new standards for transparency and accountability.He believes government overspending is one of the biggest threats to our economic health and national security, and he has introduced an innovative balanced budget amendment—the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment—to control government spending and reduce the national debt. He supports a fair and simple tax code and a regulatory environment that promotes economic prosperity. Rep. Amash is also the chair of the House Liberty Caucus. Bronze Sponsors:
(Missourinet) The Missouri Senate leader will file legislation in December in Jefferson City to increase penalties for alleged illegal slot machines, setting the slot machine issue up as a major one for the 2020 legislative session.Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, told Missourinet on Wednesday that his legislation will enhance the penalties for the alleged illegal slot machines, which are also known as video lottery terminals (VLTs).They can be found in bars, restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores.Missouri’s first criminal case involving the alleged illegal slots will go to trial in December in western Missouri’s Platte County.Pro Tem Schatz says the Missouri Gaming Commission has received multiple reports of sites that have these machines. The Missouri State Highway Patrol testified in October that the number of complaints it’s received about illegal gambling has increased from 39 in 2018 to at least 145 this year.Most of those complaints are about alleged illegal slots.A Missouri House gaming committee has held five hearings since August, and the slot machine issue has dominated discussion at three of them. House Special Interim Committee on Gaming Chairman Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, predicts the slot machine issue will end up at the Missouri Supreme Court. He told the audience during an October hearing that whichever side loses the Platte County case will appeal.Schatz’s proposal will likely face some opposition. During a committee hearing last week in Jefferson City, representatives from convenience stories and restaurants testified they support legislation to allow the machines in their establishments.The company that operates 74 Break Time convenience stores in Missouri says video lottery terminals have saved convenience stores in other states.MFA Oil Company vice president James Greer of Columbia tells state lawmakers that Break Time would probably use the terminals in 25 of their 74 stores, if Missouri lawmakers approve legislation to do so.“We are open to a separate room. We are open to a cordoned-off area, we will live with whatever rule comes out of that,” Greer testifies.The co-owner of six St. Louis-area restaurants also wants Missouri lawmakers to allow the VLTs in establishments like his, saying it will help restaurants attract new customers and keep up with minimum wage increases. Webster Groves resident Chris Marshall, who co-owns Llywelyn’s Pub, testified last week before the House gaming committee, saying the machines can also help managers invest money in restaurant renovations.“In documents I have seen, the average restaurant in Illinois that has five video game machines can average additional revenue of approximately $5,000 per month,” Marshall testifies.He tells lawmakers he’s had to close a restaurant and diversify. Llywelyn’s Pub has six St. Louis locations: Soulard, Webster Groves, St. Peters, St. Charles, O’Fallon and Wildwood.But opponents say the machines are illegal and are hurting public education.The Missouri Gaming Association, which represents the state’s 13 casinos, opposes legalizing the VLTs, saying they are illegal and bypass Missouri voters.And the Missouri Lottery has testified that alleged illegal slot machines are hurting public education in the Show-Me State. Lottery executive director May Scheve Reardon testified in September, telling lawmakers there’s a major issue with the alleged illegal slots along the I-44 corridor, from St. James to Lebanon.