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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan led the way in slamming President Trump after he criticized players on Twitter for protesting during the national anthem on Thursday during a preseason game.

Between the lines: Jordan is one of many who are angered by the fact that Trump is criticizing athletes once again for not standing for the National Anthem — but has yet to speak on the "Unite the Right" White Nationalist rally coming to Washington this weekend.

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The big picture: Trump has frequently feuded with black athletes throughout his presidency, and as NFL season begins, his tweet this morning shows he's not about to let the issue go. Jordan's response, however, signals that athletes are ready to call him out when he's silent on the rise of hatred.

What's next: The NFL halted its National Anthem policy over the next several weeks until discussions between the NFL Players Association and the league hone in on an exact policy for every team.

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8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

Customer at a supermarket chain in Austin, Texas. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.