--SOURCE -- TRUMP FOUNDATION LACKS CHARITABLE CERTIFICATION: The Trump Foundation, which is under investigation by the New York Attorney General's office, never obtained the necessary certification to solicit money from the public during its nearly 30-year existence, an investigation by the state's attorney general's office has found, a source briefed on the investigation tells ABC News. New York State law requires any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public to obtain a specific kind of certification. The allegation about the Donald J. Trump Foundation's lack of certification, first reported by the Washington Post, comes about two weeks after New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman -- a Hillary Clinton supporter -- announced he had opened a broad inquiry into the foundation. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the AG's office declined comment. More from ABC’s AARON KATERSKY and DAVID CAPLAN: http://abcn.ws/2cG7W8L
--VP CANDIDATES PREP FOR DEBATE: Donald Trump may have boasted about shunning traditional debate prep, but his running mate and Hillary Clinton's aren't leaving anything up to chance. Before Gov. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, face off at Longwood University on Tuesday, they're both working on their debate skills this week.
Unlike their running mates, the topics for the vice-presidential debate will not be announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates beforehand, meaning that Pence and Kaine have to be ready for anything, ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY notes. While in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, Pence teased that he was getting some help from Gov. Scott Walker. Pence told supporters he was in town doing "doing a little bit of debate prep of my own with a very good man who is putting me through my paces." http://abcn.ws/2diUzcv
--ANALYSIS -- ABC’s RICK KLEIN: How has Donald Trump gone through three campaign managers without anyone being able to lock him out of his Twitter account? Or at least overnight – or change the password on his smart phone? Trump has redefined the ability to dominate a news cycle with a Tweet. But, as always, that cuts in both directions. Does Trump really want to spend another news cycle on his feud with the former Miss Universe? He’s now calling her “disgusting,” and is urging followers to check out her “sex tape and past” Is that the way to get past a rough debate night? Every passing day has brought more Trump complaints about that debate. The days have also revealed the brilliance of Hillary Clinton’s debate gambits. She set traps that snapped so hard that they continue to reverberate, right through her opponent’s Tweets.
THIS WEEK ON ‘THIS WEEK’: After the blockbuster first presidential debate, the Powerhouse Roundtable debates the week in politics, with ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, ABC News’ Cokie Roberts, Republican strategist and CNBC contributor Sara Fagen, Bloomberg Politics managing editor John Heilemann, and host and managing editor of TV One’s “News One Now” Roland Martin.
YESTERDAY ON THE TRAIL with ABC’s ADAM KELSEY
CLINTON SAYS DONALD TRUMP WAS 'UNSETTLED' BY MARK CUBAN AT DEBATE. Hillary Clinton is still sounding off about her debate performance. Campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, the Democratic presidential nominee said her opponent Donald Trump was “unsettled” by the attendance of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during the first presidential debate Monday, writes ABC’s LIZ KREUTZ. "You know, at the debate the other night one of my well-known supporters, Mark Cuban, was there in the front row,” she told a crowd at an outdoor early voting event. “And he really, I think, unsettled my opponent. http://abcn.ws/2deEC6N
MARCO RUBIO 'DEEPLY CONCERNED' ABOUT POSSIBLE TRUMP CUBA BUSINESS. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Donald Trump will have to “answer some questions” about a Newsweek story reporting that a Trump-owned company allegedly violated the United States' trade embargo with Cuba in the late 1990s. “This is something they’re going to have to give a response to. I mean, it was a violation of American law, if that’s how it happened,” Rubio said on the ESPN/ABC “Capital Games” podcast. The report says the Trump-owned company secretly conducted business on the island under Fidel Castro’s communist regime, notes ABC’s INES DE LA CUETARA. http://abcn.ws/2dcFnyP
TRUMP RESURFACES ATTACK LINES HE DIDN'T USE IN DEBATE. Ever since Donald Trump left the stage at Hofstra University after the first presidential debate of the season, he has been talking about all the things he would have done differently. From the moment he made the unusual move of stopping by the "spin" room after Monday night's debate, Trump started laying the groundwork for his own assessment of punches pulled against Hillary Clinton. Trump, who is married to his third wife and has himself been accused of cheating, said he had planned to talk about Bill Clinton’s “transgressions” during the debate but made no mention of it at Hofstra, writes ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY. http://abcn.ws/2dcTHY5
TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER ON BILL CLINTON'S PAST: 'I'M NOT ADVISING HIM TO GO THERE.' Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said she’s not advising the Republican nominee to bring up former President Bill Clinton’s past infidelities as a way to attack his opponent, Hillary Clinton. “I’m not advising him to go there,” Conway said in an interview on “The View” Thursday, adding, “It’s fair game to think about how Hillary Clinton treated those women after the fact. She called Monica Lewinsky a loony toon.” ABC’s ADAM KELSEY and VERONICA STRACQUALURSI have more: http://abcn.ws/2cYXaGH
FORMER SPEAKER GINGRICH TO TRUMP: DON'T GO THERE ON BILL CLINTON AND WOMEN. Newt Gingrich has some advice for Donald Trump: don’t bring up Bill Clinton’s past marital infidelities in the next presidential debate. “You’re never going to beat the Clintons in the mud. It’s not possible. They’re the best gutter-fighters we’ve seen in our lifetime,” Gingrich said in an interview with ABC’s JONATHAN KARL and RICK KLEIN on the ABC News’ Powerhouse Politics Podcast. http://abcn.ws/2dyiWWE
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING -- ELECTION CYCLE STAGE 1: ON THE ROAD TO FIRST DEBATE. It’s hard to say which candidate had the home court advantage at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York, on Monday night. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's campaign headquarters are both located less than 35 miles away from Hofstra’s Macek Sports Complex. Both made the comfortable commute in black SUVs, while ABC’s MICHAEL KOENIG pedaled in pursuit of the politicians. Fortunately, the bike paths were not nearly as crowded as the Long Island streets, many of which were closed to motorized vehicles for security reasons. http://abcn.ws/2dCUwHZ
WHAT WE’RE READING: ‘Graves: Edwards' targeting of oil, gas industry is about politics, greed, not justice’ by the Louisiana Record’s Karen Kidd. “A Republican Louisiana congressman lodged a stinging rebuke at the state's Democrat governor for his attempts to insert campaign donors as attorneys into controversial lawsuits against oil and gas companies, saying it's more about buying Mercedes than obtaining justice. ‘Coastal Louisiana is worth saving -- not politicizing or using as a tool to enrich friends and supporters,’ U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R–LA) of Louisiana's 6th Congressional District said in his letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards. Edwards' office has not responded to Louisiana Record requests for comment.” More on this emerging state issue: http://bit.ly/2dwHg7j