Beto O'Rourke

Michael Lynn III
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On today's Current Sports with Al Martin Segment of the Day, we invite former Lansing Catholic football player Michael Lynn III, who decided to kneel during the national anthem two years ago as a form of protest against inequality in America. Kneeling during the anthem as a former of protest was first started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Lynn III, along with three other teammates, knelt in honor of Kaep's decision, sparking outrage throughout the mid-Michigan community. 

Listen as Al talks about how Lynn's life has changed since the kneeling controversy, and how the invite from Presidential candidate O'Rourke came to fruition. 


Supporters gather across the street from the Fox Theatre in Detroit on the evening of the first debate.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Ten Democrats took the stage at the Fox Theatre in Detroit Tuesday for the first night of the July debates. WKAR’s Abigail Censky was watching in Detroit and she joined WKAR Morning Edition Host Mary Ellen Pitney to recap the big takeaways from the first night in the set of debates. 

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Liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren slapped back against moderate rivals who ridiculed "Medicare for All" during Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate in which lesser-known pragmatists warned that "wish-list economics" would jeopardize the presidency.

Matthew Abdullah, Michael Lynn III
WKAR-MSU

When Democrat Beto O'Rourke takes the stage in the second round of presidential primary debates on Tuesday, three young black men from Michigan who were inspired by ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem before their high school football games will be in the audience as guests of the former Texas congressman. 


Betsy DeVos photo
Courtesy photo / Betsy DeVos

Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls Betsy DeVos the "worst secretary of education we've seen." Sen. Amy Klobuchar says DeVos "shouldn't be in her job." Beto O'Rourke's take on DeVos: "We can do better."

Two Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning in Michigan a year before the state's primary.