The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, May 30, 2012

By Amanda VanAllen

May 30, 2012 3:22am

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’ Amanda VanAllen, Alicia Tejada, Carrie Halperin and Will Cantine

MITT ROMNEY
ABC News’ Chris Good and Emily Friedman: “With Texas Win, Romney Clinches the GOP Nomination”  Mitt Romney has clinched the Republican presidential nomination.  The Associated Press has projected he has won the Texas GOP primary, and ABC News estimates he will win 97 of Texas’s 155 delegates, giving him the 1,144 needed to win the nomination.  LINK

The New York Times’  Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg: “Nomination His, Romney Steps Up Attack on Obama”  Mitt Romney, having initially weathered the first sustained general election attack, is entering a critical 90-day stretch to the Republican convention on relatively equal footing with the White House and is unleashing a new offensive to win over independent voters and further undermine confidence in President Obama’s stewardship of the economy. LINK

Politico’s Ginger Gibson: “Romney clinches GOP presidential nod” Mitt Romney’s long and arduous path to the Republican presidential nomination is officially over. With a victory in Texas on Tuesday night, Mitt Romney secured the necessary delegates to clinch the Republican nomination that will be awarded in Tampa this summer. LINK

The Washington Posts’ Nia-Malika Henderson: “Romney clinches nomination, attacks Obama on Solyndra” Mitt Romney and his allies opened a multi-pronged attack Tuesday on President Obama’s stewardship of taxpayer dollars, as Romney won the Texas primary and clinched the Republican presidential nomination. Romney garnered at least 88 delegates in the Texas primary, bringing his total past the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination, according to an Associated Press count.  LINK

Bloomberg’s Don Frederick: “Romney Seals Republican Nomination With Victory in Texas” Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination by winning the Texas primary, taking the contest by a wide margin that put him over the top in the delegate chase. Romney now has 1,183 delegates, capturing at least 97 of the 152 awarded in Texas based on the candidate’s statewide vote total yesterday, the Associated Press reported. He began the day with 1,086 delegates, needing just 58 to surpass the 1,144 nomination threshold. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Romney secures presidential nomination with Texas win” Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has spent much of the past six years running for president, won the Texas primary tonight, giving him enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination and run against President Obama. Romney was declared the Lone Star state winner by the Associated Press shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m. Eastern time in Texas. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: “Romney clinches 1,144 delegates, but buzz is about Trump” Mitt Romney finally clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, but all the chatter around his campaign was about Donald Trump.  Romney has been without a major competitor in the Republican race since former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum dropped out in April, but the Texas primary provided the 58 delegates he needed to reach the magic number: the 1,144 delegates required to secure the nomination.  LINK

Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’Connor and Laura Meckler: “Romney Says Win Secures GOP Nod” Mitt Romney Tuesday night claimed his win in the Texas primary gives him the requisite number of delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.  “I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates” to be the GOP nominee, Mr. Romney said in a statement.  LINK

OBAMA/ROMNEY
The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Jeremy Herb: “Obama will not arm Syrian rebels; Romney sees a ‘lack of leadership’” President Obama and Mitt Romney on Tuesday offered clashing views over whether to arm insurgents in Syria after a weekend massacre left more than 100 people dead and drew international condemnation. LINK

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