The Note: Commander-in-Chief Tryouts


--TRUMP WANTS PLAN TO DEFEAT ISIS IN 30 DAYS IF ELECTED: Donald Trump is expected to unveil a plan to end the military sequester -- across the board budget cuts -- during a speech in Philadelphia today after saying last night he will ask his top military officials to formulate a plan for defeating ISIS within his first 30 days in office. “We are going to convey my top generals and give them a simple instruction," Trump told the crowd in Greenville, N.C. last night. "They will have 30 days to submit to the oval office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS. We have no choice."

--HAPPENING TODAY: In a briefing with the campaign, an aide previewed his address to the Philadelphia Union League today, adding that Trump will begin a substantial increase in military spending, as the candidate has advocated before. Trump's address will largely focus on military spending, presenting a contrast between what the campaign calls the “adventurism” of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and Trump’s “clear-eyed” pursuit of the nation’s national interest. Trump also laid out other plans for his first days in office, a rare display of specificity for the candidate. ABC’s CANDACE SMITH has more:

--CLINTON, KAINE HIT TRUMP ON NATIONAL SECURITY: Although miles apart campaigning in different battleground states, Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, shared one mission on the trail yesterday -- needling Donald Trump over national security. Clinton, speaking at a voter registration rally in Tampa, Florida yesterday afternoon, criticized her opponent for his treatment towards veterans. "His whole campaign has been one lone insult to all those who've worn the uniform to protect our most cherished American values," the Democratic presidential nominee said. Meanwhile, Kaine was in Wilmington, North Carolina delivering what the campaign had billed as a major address on national security, ABC’s LIZ KREUTZ and JESSICA HOPPER report. The Virginia senator attacked Trump as an “emotionally volatile” reality TV star whose foreign policy ideas are in “stark opposition” to American national security goals, but match “perfectly with Vladimir Putin’s wish list.”

KELLYANNE CONWAY ON ‘GMA’: ROGER AILES STOPPED BY FOR LUNCH RECENTLY. Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, deflected a question this morning about whether Roger Ailes’ advising Trump on debate prep is inappropriate in light of the sexual harassment allegations made against the former Fox News chairman. "I'm at Trump Tower every day," Conway said on "Good Morning America.” "I've never seen Mr. Ailes there. I saw him one time for lunch recently." When asked whether Ailes is still giving Trump debate advice, Conway said she doesn't know, ABC’s VERONICA STRACQUALURSI notes. "I don't know because Mr. Trump speaks to many people on the phone when I'm not there," Conway said. "They've known each other probably for 30 years I would think, pre-FOX News and pre-presidential politics." 21st Century Fox settled the sexual harassment lawsuit with former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson for $20 million. Ailes left the network July 21.


TRUMP SAYS HE’LL RELEASE FULL MEDICAL RECORDS. In an exclusive interview Monday in Ohio, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told ABC’s DAVID MUIR that he plans to release his full medical records. Neither of the presidential candidates has divulged his or her full medical records. But Trump told Muir Monday that if Democratic rival Hillary Clinton wants to make her medical history public, he would do the same, “100 percent.” “Why not go first?” Muir pressed. “I might do that, I might do that,” Trump answered. “In fact, now that you ask, I think I will do that,” writes ABC’s VERONICA STRACQUALURSI.

TRUMP, HILLARY CLINTON RUNNING NECK AND NECK IN NEW POLL 2 MONTHS BEFORE ELECTION DAY. With about two months left until Election Day, a new national poll shows a tight race between the two major-party nominees. Donald Trump sits at 45 percent support, and Hillary Clinton has 43 percent in a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday. The margin of error is 3 percentage points. Clinton has dropped 9 points from the previous CNN/ORC poll, released Aug. 1. The Democratic presidential candidate held a clear 9 point lead in the August CNN/ORC poll, 52 percent to Trump's 43 percent, notes ABC’s VERONICA STRACQUALURSI.

CLINTON CALLS FOR SCRUTINY OF QUESTIONABLE TRUMP FOUNDATION DEALINGS IN LIGHT OF IRS FINE. Amid Donald Trump’s allegations that the Clinton Foundation is a "pay to play" organization, Hillary Clinton is attempting to make hay out of a report that the Republican presidential nominee paid a $2,500 penalty to the IRS this year for a 2013 donation a Trump charitable organization made to a group connected to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, ABC’s JOSH HASKELL reports. "You have the Trump Foundation, so called, being fined by the IRS for taking foundation resources and making a $25,000 contribution to the attorney general of Florida when she was about to investigate Trump University," Clinton told ABC’s DAVID MUIR.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS TURNING POINT IN THE 2016 RACE. The race for the White House is now in the final stretch as the candidates ramp up for the last nine weeks of the campaign. This weekend, both campaigns spent time in Ohio -- one of the critical battleground states -- and their planes were even on the same tarmac and the same airport at the same time. Their similar schedules comes from the race to win over undecided voters as the campaign appears to be closer than ever. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY breaks down what to look for in the two months until Election Day.

CLINTON DEFENDS NOT KNOWING STATE DEPARTMENT CLASSIFICATION MARKINGS. Following the FBI's release of government documents last week that were part of the Hillary Clinton email probe, the democratic nominee told ABC's DAVID MUIR Monday she takes "classification very seriously" and sees the release of these documents as the end of "a very difficult period." "I have learned that trying to explain what happened made it sound to some people like I was trying to excuse it. There are no excuses," the former Secretary of State told Muir in Cleveland, Ohio. ABC’s JOSH HASKELL has more:

TRUMP OFFENDS SOME WITH COMMENT THAT CLINTON LACKS 'PRESIDENTIAL LOOK.' Donald Trump’s comment that Hillary Clinton doesn’t have “a presidential look” is seen by some as the Republican presidential nominee’s latest knock on a woman’s appearance, notes ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY. During an interview with ABC News in Ohio Monday, Trump said, “I really do believe that” Clinton doesn’t look the part. “I just don’t believe she has a presidential look and you need a presidential look,” he told ABC’s DAVID MUIR.

CLINTON UNLEASHES ALLIES ON TRUMP AS ELECTION 2016 HITS HOME STRETCH. After spending much of August at closed-door fundraising meetings, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will put those dollars to work as her campaign will be in full swing, unleashing a deep bench of party allies to help her make the case against Donald Trump in the final two months before Election Day, writes ABC’s J.J. GALLAGHER and LIZ KREUTZ. The list of surrogates hitting the trail this month includes President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Clinton's former Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Vice President Joe Biden.


CLINTON HITS TRUMP WITH ATTACK AD FEATURING VETERANS. Lashing out at the GOP candidate for what her campaign says is his "continued disrespect for veterans and military families," Hillary Clinton released an attack ad Tuesday featuring images of wounded veterans. The ad plays snippets of Trump's speeches, beginning with one in which he refers to John McCain as a "war hero because he was captured," and says "I like people that weren't captured." The spot also shows footage from Trump's interview with ABC’s GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS where the candidate was asked what sacrifices he's made for his country, to which Trump replied, "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices." ABC’s J.J. GALLAGHER and LIZ KREUTZ have more:


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