The Note: The Rise of the Non-Politicians


--SCOTT WALKER CALLS FOR ELIMINATING FEDERAL UNIONS: Scott Walker has unveiled a plan that would take his battle against unions national if he is elected president, ABC's JORDYN PHELPS notes. Under the plan, Walker calls for eliminating "big-government unions" and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a federal agency that overseas union elections and labor practices. While the plan most directly affects federal public unions, it also advocates for a federal law that would make all states "Right to Work" by default, meaning union dues are optional for employees, and requires the states to opt out of their "Right to Work" status should they choose to do so. "Workers deserve to have the freedom to choose whether they want to be in a labor union or not," Walker says in the plan. "States would have to affirmatively vote to opt out of Right to Work status. Individuals should not have pay union bosses for the right to earn a living." Walker also pledges that he will direct the Department of Labor to disclose to states how much they spend on collective bargaining in their states, so they can see "how much could be saved if they reformed those policies."


On the heels of an ABC News/Washington Post poll that shows Hillary Clinton losing her advantage among women, the Democratic frontrunner heads to the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa for two events with Democratic women this afternoon in Cedar Falls and Decorah. The Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will be in the spotlight again tonight with an rally in Dallas, Texas at a sold-out American Airlines Center.


IN CHURCH, HILLARY CLINTON LEARNS TO BE 'NICER TO THE PRESS.' Hillary Clinton is looking to scripture to change her tune with the press. During remarks yesterday morning at the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., where Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton were celebrating the church's 200th anniversary, the Democratic presidential candidate said she got some blunt campaign advice from her former pastor, ABC's LIZ KREUTZ reports. "I got some advice from Dr. Wogaman just earlier this morning, which I promise I will put into effect," Clinton, a lifelong Methodist, remarked from the pulpit, referring to former pastor J. Philip Wogaman. "Basically he said, if you're going to read and listen to Romans 12 you got to be nicer to the press." During her speech, Hillary Clinton, who described herself Sunday as a "Methodist both by birth and by choice," thanked the church for being a place where the Clintons "could worship, study, contemplate, be of service, get some good pastoral advice and step outside all the commotion of life in the White House in Washington."

BEN CARSON SAYS HE FEARS FOR FUTURE OF US WITHOUT CHANGE IN DIRECTION. Surging Republican presidential Ben Carson, who has been feuding with rival Donald Trump this week, expressed his concern for the future of the United States yesterday, saying he fears the country "may not survive the future" without a change of direction. The retired neurosurgeon said his comments were not directly aimed at supporters of Trump, but rather voters all across the country, according to ABC's KATHERINE FAULDERS. Carson is second to Trump in several polls in national and early-voting states. "I'm going after everybody in America because, you know, we live in very perilous times," he said on ABC's "This Week." "Our country is in grave danger and if we don't begin to change our direction and change our attitude, I think we may not survive the future."

WHO DONALD TRUMP AND OTHER 2016 CANDIDATES MIGHT CHOOSE TO BE VICE PRESIDENT. The fight for the 2016 presidential nomination is in full swing, but that isn't the only race that's starting to heat up. Although it will be a while before each party's eventual nominee picks a running mate, there are no shortage of choices -- both realistic and more far-fetched. There are even a few who have been pitching themselves for the job. ABC's MADISON JAROS and PAOLA CHAVEZ look at some of the potential contenders for the No. 2 slot on the presidential ticket.

'CASE DISRUPTED' AHEAD OF POPE FRANCIS VISIT TO US, SAYS HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIR. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee expressed his concern yesterday about security ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the United States later this month, adding that authorities have already "disrupted one particular case." Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) didn't offer specifics on the case he said was disrupted, only saying he had been briefed by the Secret Service. The pope is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. later this month and will visit New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, ABC's BENJAMIN BELL notes. "The Pope is a very...passionate man. He likes to get out with the people and with that comes a large security risk," McCaul said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "We are monitoring very closely threats against the pope as he comes into the United States. We have disrupted one particular case in particular, but as that date approaches, I think we're all very, being very vigilant to protect him as he comes into the United States."

HAPPENING TODAY -- OBAMA'S LATEST EFFORT TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE. In Iowa today President Obama will announce that he's changing the federal grant system to allow college students to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) earlier, ABC's ALI WEINBERG notes. Beginning in 2017, students will be able to apply as early as October 1, 2016, when under the old system they would have had to wait until January. The hope is that more students will apply if they can start earlier.

CONGRESS TURNS TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD. The House will vote on two Planned Parenthood bills by the end of the week, ABC's BEN SIEGEL reports. The first, from Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, would freeze federal funding to the organization for a year. The second, from Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, would open medical providers up to criminal penalties for refusing to provide care to babies that survive abortions. While both are expected to pass through the House, neither is expected to satisfy House conservatives who want to defund Planned Parenthood in a continuing resolution Congress will have to pass to avert a government shutdown. House GOP leaders haven't yet announced their strategy to avoid a shutdown.

5 STORIES YOU'LL CARE ABOUT IN POLITICS THIS WEEK. Sorry may be the hardest word, if you're Hillary Clinton. But that may be better than nobody knowing your name, which was the case for Martin O'Malley in Independent Journal's video of him strumming a guitar on Wall Street this week. So let's raise our hands and take our overrated doctors and our boring selves. Let's put them all together on a slightly bigger stage, for Round Two of the Republican debate season. It will be in a house that Reagan built, but we'll see how long his famous commandment holds. ABC's RICK KLEIN highlights the five stories the ABC News political team will be tracking in the week ahead.

INSIDER VS. OUTSIDE MATCHUP FINDS CLINTON, TRUMP NEAR EVEN. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump run essentially evenly among registered voters in a head-to-head matchup for president in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday, testament to the strength of party loyalty as well as to Trump's anti-establishment profile and anti-immigration views. The hypothetical contest stands at 46-43 percent, Clinton-Trump, a gap that's within the survey's margin of sampling error. That compares to a clear Clinton lead among all adults, 51-39 percent, indicating her broad support in groups that are less apt to be registered to vote, such as young adults and racial and ethnic minorities. Notably, in the general election matchup, Trump leads by 52-37 percent among men, while Clinton leads by 55-34 percent among women. ABC's GARY LANGER has more.


FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: WAS TRUMP UNIVERSITY A SCAM? They hoped to get rich off real estate, and who would be a better mentor than one of the richest men in the world? So they enrolled in Donald Trump's university to learn the tricks of the trade, some of them maxing out their credit cards to pay tens of thousands of dollars for insider knowledge they believed could make them wealthy. Never licensed as a school, Trump University was in reality a series of real estate workshops in hotel ballrooms around the country, not unlike many other for-profit self-help or motivational seminars. Instead of a fast route to easy money, these Trump University students say they found generic seminars led by salesmen who pressured them to invest more cash in additional courses. The students say they didn't learn Trump's secrets and never received the one-on-one guidance they expected.

FROM BLOOMBERG: BIDEN SECRETLY MEETS WITH TOP OBAMA BUNDLER: The meeting appeared nowhere on his public schedule. It was held in secret at his hotel in Midtown Manhattan and lasted for more than 90 minutes: a private, one-on-one session with one of the most prominent and powerful fundraising stars in the Democratic firmament - a mega-bundler who happens to be, at least for now, publicly committed to Hillary Clinton. The bundler in question was Robert Wolf: the former chairman and CEO of UBS Americas, a prodigious buck-raker on behalf of Barack Obama in two successive campaigns, a four-time appointee to economic panels in the Obama administration, and perhaps the only person in the American business community -- and certainly the sole Wall Street potentate -- with whom Obama during his time in office has developed a deep and genuine friendship.

CAMPAIGN 2016 JUST GETTING STARTED: FIVE MYTHS ALREADY. Over the years many myths have developed in politics, and I have written in the past how they get repeated and promulgated as if they are the unvarnished truth, MATTHEW DOWD writes in his latest column. These aren't the deep myths that Joseph Campbell has written and talked about that signal some universal truth about humanity. These are political myths which take us further from truth.


@GeorgePataki: Let me be very plain, I'm not going to vote for @realDonaldTrump ...He is unfit to be president @chucktodd @meetthepress @FoxNewsSunday #MTP

@AaronBlakeWP: Pretty remarkable that even the "momentum" candidate in the race -- Fiorina -- is at 2% in new Post/ABC poll

@KSoltisAnderson: If they added a "talent component" to the next GOP debate, I would love to see what each of the candidates would choose.

@JimWebbUSA: Letter to the Editor: Webb is a serious candidate #WebbNation

@RyanStruyk: Clinton in ABC/Post polls:10/12/14 - 64%12/14/14 - 61%3/29/15 - 66%5/31/15 - 62%7/19/15 - 63%**9/10/15 - 42%**