The Note: What The 'Clinton Cash' Author Is Saying


--HILLARY CLINTON POPS UP IN THE DES MOINES REGISTER: In an Op-Ed in the newspaper today, she writes: "When I came to Iowa, I wanted to do something a little different. No big speeches or rallies. Just talking directly with everyday Iowans. Because this campaign isn't going to be about me, it's going to be about Iowans and people across our country who are ready for a better future. It's not enough to just get by, you deserve to get ahead and stay ahead. And everywhere I went, I met Iowans with great ideas for how we can get there." READ MORE:



5 STORIES YOU'LL CARE ABOUT IN POLITICS THIS WEEK. ABC's RICK KLEIN highlights the five stories the ABC News political team will be tracking in the week ahead.

OBAMA EMAILS CAUGHT UP IN RUSSIAN HACK. The more authorities dig into the hacking of the State Department and the White House, it's becoming increasingly clear that the Russians were hunting for weaknesses. Sources tell ABC News that some of President Obama's emails were caught up in the Russian cyberattack last October that led to a partial shutdown of some White House computers. While the attack did not involve top secret information, a number of officials say it shows an intense level of aggression by Russian operatives, who appear to be stepping-up hacks against the United States, ABC's PIERRE THOMAS reports.

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER RECAP: THE PRESIDENT'S BEST ONE LINERS. President Barack Obama once again brought jokes to the 89th annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. From cracks about his birth certificate to jabs at his vice president, Obama has always been willing to go the distance to get laughs from the White House press corps and their Hollywood guests. This was Obama's second to last dinner - or "nerd prom," as it has been dubbed in the capital - and the president wasted no time throwing out the comedic punches at the Washington Hilton Hotel, ABC's MOLLY MITCHELL notes. WATCH:

--BEHIND THE SCENES CELEBRITY-POLITICIAN MEET UPS. Arguably the best part of the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner isn't the president becoming Comedian-in-Chief for the night -- but the odd couple pairings of Hollywood stars hanging with political power players and media heavy hitters. This year's "Nerd Prom" was no exception, producing a bevy of interesting moments, ABC's MOLLY MITCHELL writes.


MATT LLOYD RETURNS TO THE PENCE FOLD. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced that Matt Lloyd will be joining the governor's office as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Strategy in late May. According to a release shared with The Note: "Lloyd served as Communications Director on Pence's congressional staff for 10 years. He served in the top communications role for Pence when he was chairman of the House Republican Conference as well as when he chaired the House Republican Study Committee. He also served as a senior advisor to Pence's gubernatorial campaign. He currently serves as Director of Communications for Koch Industries in its Washington, D.C., office."


@mateagold: Never before have so many candidates entered a White House race with so much money. My latest w/ @edatpost:

@politico: There are presidents all around us. |

@WSJPolitics: This week you will hear a lot about trade. WSJ's @GeraldFSeib will interview Obama today on the Pacific trade deal

@AmyArgetsinger: White House Correspondents' weekend: Now with even more empty calories!

@AshleyCodianni: Boyz II Men co-founder launches campaign to help homeless Capitol worker