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The White House accused Philadelphia Eagles players of abandoning a "vast majority" of their fans in a statement from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Tuesday, after the team notified them a "tiny handful" of representatives would not make the White House visit.

Why it matters: This is the latest example of President Trump lashing out at an NFL organization for protesting on the field. Last night, Trump announced that the Eagles would not be attending the traditional Super Bowl celebration because they "disagree" with his insistence that players stand for the national anthem.

  • The details: Sanders said in the statement that 1,000 fans were initially scheduled to attend the Eagles' celebration, along with 81 individuals from the team. Now the White House plans to "celebrate America" instead.

This is the second team Trump has disinvited to the White House. In September, he revoked an invitation to the Golden State Warriors after some players and coaches spoke against the administration.

Timing: All of this comes less than two weeks after the NFL announced a new policy requiring players on the field to stand while the national anthem is played.

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Why it matters: The decision is a loss for Republicans, who had requested an emergency order as the state is expected to begin mailing out its ballots.

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Driving the news: On Wednesday, both companies said that if a court doesn’t overturn or further pause a new ruling forcing them to reclassify California drivers as employees, they’ll suspend their services in the state until November’s election, when voters could potentially exempt them by passing a ballot measure.

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Why it matters: This is a major breakthrough for Israel, which lacks diplomatic recognition in many Middle Eastern countries but has been steadily improving relations in the Gulf, largely due to mutual antipathy toward Iran.