The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, May 29, 2012

By Amanda VanAllen

May 29, 2012 3:31am

The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, Alicia Tejada, Carrie Halperin and Will Cantine

OBAMA/ROMNEY
ABC News’ Matt Negrin: “Vying for Commander-in-Chief: 2 Men Who Never Served“  For the first time since 1944, the two primary candidates for president have no military background.  Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney enlisted in the armed forces, although both of them have histories that run tangent with the military.  LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA
The Hill’s Niall Stanage and Amie Parnes: “Obama team struggles to find 2012 reelection campaign theme” President Obama’s campaign has yet to find a clear 2012 reelection slogan that carries the heft of 2008′s “Change You Can Believe In,” raising worries among his supporters — and hopes among Republicans — that he is having trouble articulating a concise case for a second term. LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “Military campaign money favors President Obama” While the military traditionally votes for Republicans, President Obama is ahead of GOP rival Mitt Romney in contributions from military personnel, new campaign-finance reports indicate. Obama has a more than 5-to-1 edge over Romney in political donations from individuals who list themselves as employees of the Defense Department or one of four military branches, a USA TODAY analysis of federal filings shows.  LINK

MITT ROMNEY
The Los Angeles Times’ Seema Mehta: “Romney ‘appreciative’ of Trump but may not always agree with him” Asked about his upcoming fundraiser with mogul Donald Trump, who has questioned President Obama’s birthplace and U.S. citizenship, Mitt Romneysaid he appreciated Trump’s aid and did not always agree with his backers. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Mitt Romney’s run evokes pride, fear in Mormons” Tourists stroll among the faithful, their conversations competing with the birds and fountains. Old couples walk hand in hand amid a steady stream of brides and grooms emerging from the massive granite temple. LINK

Wall Street Journal’s Gerald F. Seib: “The Buzz Around Portman, the Un-Palin” As Mitt Romney ponders his choice of a running mate, the case for Ohio’s Rob Portman is fairly simple: He wouldn’t hurt the Romney cause in any significant ways, and could help it in others.  If that sounds like an underwhelming argument for Sen. Portman, it isn’t.  LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro: “On Memorial Day, Romney and McCain Appeal to Enthusiastic Veterans” Mitt Romney, the first presumptive Republican presidential nominee since World War II to have not served in the military, warned veterans here to avoid putting America “on the pathway of Europe” by reducing the size of the military to pay for social programs. LINK

The Washington Posts’ Eugene Robinson: “Romney’s pants on fire” There are those who tell the truth. There are those who distort the truth. And then there’s Mitt Romney.  Every political campaign exaggerates and dissembles. This practice may not be admirable — it’s surely one reason so many Americans are disenchanted with politics — but it’s something we’ve all come to expect. LINK

Politico’s Philip Rucker: “Mitt Romney to officially clinch Republican nomination Tuesday” 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. LINK

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