5 Stories You'll Care About in Politics This Week

Gov. Walker expected to join 2016 race and Obama plans an historic visit.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the stories the ABC News political team will be tracking in the week ahead:

Walk the Line

Walker’s challenge will be to deliver on his early promise amid attacks on his record that will only grow. He’s using his Harley and a Winnebago -- really -- to start building on his resume, with his shopping-at-Kohl’s persona intended as a contrast with wealthier candidates with more famous last names.

Walker’s team sees him as a candidate who can play anywhere but it’s useful to remember he hasn’t been a candidate at all yet.

Trump Show

The Donald remains dominant -– in news coverage, dropped sponsorships, and self-aggrandizing superlatives -- at least. Save for Ted Cruz, his fellow candidates are starting to put distance between themselves and Trump’s sentiments, particularly his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants.

In One Place

Friday will bring a 2016 first: All of the major Democratic candidates for president will be at the same event in Iowa. That includes Hillary Clinton, who’s stepping up her campaign activity with policy speeches and national television interviews. The joint gathering comes as momentum continues to build around Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign, and as others, including Martin O’Malley, look for a toehold in the race.

Flag Still There

Go to Jail

The president is going to prison. It’s something that’s never happened before, and the fact that President Obama is becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison figures to add fresh energy into an evolving debate over criminal justice reform and sentencing practices.

The visit is part of the president’s push to reduce sentences for certain drug-related offenses, as well as hasten the release of non-violent offenders. The issue, though, has already become a bipartisan one with implications for 2016 campaign politics. The NAACP annual convention in Philadelphia will also be a forum for national discussions of race, policing, and criminal justice.