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Romney: Reaching the magic number

“For so long, he was the putative front-runner, the nominal front-runner, the weak front-runner. Then he became the all-but-certain nominee. And by Tuesday night, he’ll be able to ditch those modifiers,” the Washington Post writes.  “Willard Mitt Romney is about to do what his father didn’t and no one in his church ever has. With Tuesday’s Texas primary, he is poised to secure the 1,144 delegates required to clinch the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s August convention.”

The AP also notes that Romney is set to clinch the nomination today, and will raise money with Donald Trump, someone he “has declined to repudiate” for his “fringe view” questioning that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. “Trump again contended this week that Obama was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia, pointing to information in a catalog from a literary agency that represented Obama two decades ago. That view has been debunked repeatedly,” AP notes.

And there’s this: “Now that the issue of the president’s birth certificate has been laid to rest (mostly), some conservatives are turning their attention to a new obsession: Barack Obama's college transcripts,” the L.A. Times notes. “Last week, a website that already had offered a $10,000 reward for Obama's transcripts from Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School, increased the bounty to $20,000. About a year ago, Donald Trump, among the highest-profile ‘birthers,’ helped get the mini-movement started. After the president released his long-form birth certificate, Trump abruptly changed subjects: ‘The word is, according to what I’ve read,’ said Trump, ‘that he was a terrible student when he went to Occidental. He then gets into Columbia; he then gets to Harvard. ... How do you get into Harvard if you’re not a good student? Now maybe that's right or maybe it’s wrong, but I don't know why he doesn’t release his records.’”

The Boston Globe goes to Utah: “For Mormons, this is a potentially volatile moment. They are deeply proud that their faith’s most prominent adherent, Mitt Romney, is steps away from a presidential nomination and could push the faith further into the mainstream of American life. With these feelings, though, comes a nagging fear that their beliefs, often misunderstood, will again be subjected to scrutiny, even ridicule, on a national scale.”

Romney and John McCain got a crowd of about 5,000 on Memorial Day in San Diego, near his beach home in La Jolla.

On Monday, Memorial Day, Romney promised the world’s strongest military. He said he would maintain a military "with no comparable power anywhere in the world."

“A member of the National Labor Relations Board who was facing scrutiny for allegedly leaking sensitive information to a former adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, is stepping down, the NLRB said Sunday,” USA Today writes.