--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
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