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Alshon Jeffery #17 and Torrey Smith #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Several Philadelphia Eagles players, the Philadelphia Mayor, and other prominent figures have criticized President Trump for canceling the Super Bowl champions' celebration at the White House last minute. The White House is blaming the team for the canceled meeting, saying the Eagles tried to reschedule at the last second to a time that the president was out of the country.

The big picture: Originally, Trump said he canceled the meeting because the players "disagree" with his insistence that they stand for the national anthem — but not one Eagles player knelt during the national anthem for the entirety of the season. Sarah Sanders later accused the Eagles of "pulling a political stunt" in her Tuesday briefing.

What they're saying
  • Former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith, who had previously announced that he would not attend the event due to Trump's history of disrespect toward women and minorities, criticized Trump's statement on Twitter:
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  • Former linebacker Jeremiah Trotter tweeted, "Don’t Matter most of the guys weren’t going anyway!"
  • Malcolm Jenkins, a safety, released a statement defending the reputation of the team, their social activity, and the fact that none kneeled during the national anthem. He added that the White House's decision to cancel the event "was made to to lie, and paint a picture that these players are anti-American, anti-flag and anti-military."
  • Tight end Zach Ertz tweeted about Fox New's coverage of the cancelled event, which included footage of Eagles players kneeling during prayer, which out of context looked as if they were kneeling during the national anthem:
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What others are saying:
  • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted that he is "proud of the Eagles on & off the field" and that "disinviting them only proves the President is not a true patriot."
  • Former NFL star Cris Carter tweeted, "President Obama should invite the Eagles to his house for a barbecue."
  • Reggie Bush also had a reaction:
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Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

How the tech stock selloff is hurting average Americans

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Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Investors holding the ultra-popular Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 index funds have been hard hit over the last two weeks as tech shares have been roiled by rising U.S. Treasury yields.

Why it matters: Even though the economy is growing and many U.S. stocks are performing well, most investors are seeing their wealth decline because major indexes no longer reflect the overall economy or even a broad swath of public companies — they reflect the performance of a few of the country's biggest companies.

2 hours ago - World

UN rights chief: At least 54 killed, 1,700 detained since Myanmar coup

A Feb. 7 protest in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images

Police and military officers in Myanmar have killed at least 54 people during anti-coup protests, while "arbitrarily" detaining over 1,700 people, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Thursday.

Why it matters: Protesters have demonstrating across Myanmar for nearly a month, demanding the restoration of democracy after the country's military leaders overthrew its democratically elected government on Feb. 1.

3 hours ago - Health

The danger of a fourth wave

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Anomalous Arkansas case data from Feb. 28 was not included in the calculated change; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. may be on the verge of another surge in coronavirus cases, despite weeks of good news.

The big picture: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled. And some states are ditching their most important public safety measures even as their outbreaks are getting worse.