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Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel during the Republican National Convention in Washington, D.C., last August. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel warned the Commission on Presidential Debates Tuesday that the RNC would advise future GOP candidates against participating in CPD-hosted debates unless "significant reforms" are made.

Why it matters: McDaniel's letter to the nonpartisan forum follows up on several complaints made by former President Trump last year on perceived issues.

What they're saying: McDaniel wrote that the first debate occurred after early voting had begun in several states. She also noted the CBP planned to install plexiglass shields, but Trump identified a reflections problem "[t]hanks to his background in television" and caught the "error" in time.

  • "The CPD's repeated missteps and the partisan actions of its Board Members make clear that the organization no longer provides the fair and impartial forum for presidential debates which the law requires and the American people deserve," McDaniel wrote.
  • "Our sincere hope is that the CPD accepts this criticism and works to correct its mistakes.
"If not, the RNC will have no choice but to advise future Republican candidates against participating in CPD-hosted debates, and the RNC will look for other options for its candidates to debate the issues before the American people in a neutral and nonpartisan forum."

What to watch: McDaniel has asked the CPD to respond by July 31 to her request for changes, which include holding at least one debate before early voting starts, limiting board directors' terms and banning commission members from speaking publicly candidates and reprimanding them if they do.

  • The commission could not immediately be reached for comment.

Go deeper: Trump calls Commission on Presidential Debates "very biased"

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The mental health deal boom

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The positive social media response to Simone Biles withdrawing from Olympic competition highlights how the artificial line between health care and mental health care is finally beginning to dissolve. And startup investors have taken notice.

By the numbers: Venture capital investments in mental health startups rose 72.6% between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021, per CB Insights.

Updated 2 hours ago - Economy & Business

U.S. economy grew at a 6.5% rate last quarter, missing expectations

Contractors work on a home under construction. (Photo: Micah Green/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The U.S. economy grew at an annualized 6.5% rate last quarter, the government said Thursday — slower than the 8.4% economists expected.

Why it matters: It came as the economy made strides toward further reopening, vaccinations rolled out and government stimulus bolstered spending. But supply crunches held the pace of growth back.

2 hours ago - Sports

U.S. gymnast Suni Lee wins Olympic gold in individual all-around

Suni Lee Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

U.S. gymnast Sunisa "Suni" Lee won Olympic gold on Thursday in the individual all-around event.

The big picture: Simone Biles, who withdrew from the event to focus on her mental health, cheered from the stands with the rest of the women's gymnastics team as they watched Lee and teammate Jade Carey compete. Brazil's Rebeca Andrade won the silver and Russian Angelina Melnikova took the bronze.