The Note: Returning To A Place Called Hope


--EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FIORINA. Fiorina was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005 -- the first female CEO of a Fortune 50 company, ABC's AJ FEATHER and BEN SIEGEL note. Learn more about the GOP's first female candidate to enter the 2016 presidential field. WATCH:

--10 PERKS OF FLYING LIKE THE PRESIDENT. At first glance, Air Force One might look like a typical Boeing 747 with a customized paint job. But there's a lot more than initially meets the eye with the presidential plane, specially modified by the U.S. Air Force to operate as fully functional and secure flying White House. Take a look at some of the perks that come with flying as the Commander-in-Chief.



STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS NO UNDUE INFLUENCE AFTER FOREIGN GIFTS TO CLINTON FOUNDATION. A State Department spokesman said Monday that the department doesn't see any evidence that Hillary Clinton took actions as secretary of state that were influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation. "We are not aware of any evidence that actions taken by Secretary Clinton were influenced by donation to the Clinton Foundation or speech on honoraria of former President Clinton," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said during a press briefing yesterday. The statement comes on the eve of the official release of "Clinton Cash," a book about Secretary Clinton's tenure at the State Department, which alleges she used her influence as secretary of state to provide favors to foreign governments who made donations to the Clinton Foundation, a non-profit charity group establish by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. ABC's JUSTIN FISHEL has more.

TODAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE: President Obama is expected to name Gen. Joseph Dunford to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs at an event in the Rose Garden, ABC's MARY BRUCE notes. Dunford, a trusted military advisor who previously acted as the top military commander in Afghanistan, currently serves as the commandant of the Marine Corps. The president's pick is already receiving praise from top Republicans, including John McCain.

BEN CARSON ON SEX AND MOZART: 10 MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM HIS FIRST DAY AS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. As he stepped onto a stage in Detroit to formally launch his presidential candidacy, conservative firebrand Ben Carson was greeted by a sea of white and blue t-shirts that read "Win, Ben, Win." "I'm Ben Carson, and I'm a candidate for President of the United States," he declared at the Music Hall Center of the Performing Arts. Carson's first day as a presidential candidate took him to three separate events in his hometown: a prayer breakfast, an assembly at a high school named after him and the speech at the music hall. And the long-shot candidate who is known for his fiery -- and sometimes controversial rhetoric -- dished out some choice lines, noting, "I'm not politically correct." ABC's MATTHEW CLAIBORNE notes some of the newly-minted presidential candidate's most memorable one-liners.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CARSON. Along with his wife, Carson is the co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, a philanthropic organization that awards $1,000 college scholarships to fourth-through eleventh-graders and builds "reading rooms" nationwide. Carson, now 63, grew up in "dire poverty" with an illiterate single mother in Detroit, according to ABC's ERIN DOOLEY. Learn more about Carson. WATCH:


MARCO RUBIO TO FOCUS ON FOREIGN POLICY. A Rubio aide tells The Note: "In addition to the Iran debate on the Senate floor this week, Marco will deliver his first policy address as a presidential candidate at the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC next Wednesday, May 13. (Rubio last spoke at CFR in May 2012.) Also, this afternoon, 5/5, he'll chair his third Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing."


@ZekeJMiller: My look at the GOP debates: From 23 gatherings in 2012 to as many as 17 candidates in 2016.

@EliciaDover: Singer @TonyOrlando is among the name plates reserving seats at Huckabee's announcement this morning. #arpx

@ScottFConroy: In soon-to-be-released campaign ad, Huckabee drives by Clinton's childhood home in Hope, Arkansas: "We won't spend a lot of time there."

@sherylstolberg: Obama on race: A mission ''for the rest of my life.'' Super-smart @peterbakerNYT look at POTUS finding his voice.

@HenryJGomez: .@JohnKasich's 2016 team is coming together, with some of his closest Ohio advisers preparing for a presidential: