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President Barack Obama is ready to make it official. 	 He's poised to formally endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, and start aggressively making the case against Republican Donald Trump. President Barack Obama is ready to make it official. He's poised to formally endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, and start aggressively making the case against Republican Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON -

The Latest on the presidential campaign a day before voters choose their candidates in six states (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

3:07 p.m.
    
President Barack Obama is ready to make it official.
    
He's poised to formally endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, and start aggressively making the case against Republican Donald Trump.
    
Clinton is on the verge of clinching the delegates required to win the party's presidential nomination.
    
White House officials say Obama's announcement could come within days, although not before Democrats in New Jersey, California and four other states vote Tuesday. The contests are expected to solidify Clinton's claim on the title of presumptive nominee.
    
The timeline is expected to hold regardless of how Clinton rival Sen. Bernie Sanders reacts to the Tuesday outcome, the White House said Monday.
    
White House and Clinton campaign aides have been discussing the sequencing of the long-expected announcement and Obama's schedule has several possible opportunities for maximizing its impact. On Wednesday, he's due in New York City to address donors at Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Clinton's home state. He'll also scheduled to tape an appearance on the "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," a favorite with the coveted young demographic, for the show set to air Thursday night.
    
The news will likely be followed up by a first joint appearance in coming weeks, said one official, who was not authorized to discuss plans before they were finalized.
    
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3:04 p.m.
    
Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of becoming the Democratic party nominee, but she still says "it's not over until it's over."
    
Speaking to reporters at a community center in the Compton section of Los Angeles Monday, Clinton said she remained focused on the states voting Tuesday, including California.
    
Clinton noted that she was on her way to having a clear lead in the popular vote and pledged delegates. She said should she become the nominee, she'll be "reaching out" to rival Bernie Sanders and would do what she could to bring the party together. She would not say if Sanders should concede after Tuesday.
    
Clinton said "having a woman president will make a great statement, a historic statement about what kind of country we are, about what we stand for."
    
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1:54 p.m.
    
A Democratic congressman says Donald Trump's comments about the Mexican heritage of a judge overseeing a lawsuit involving Trump University shows that the presumptive Republican nominee for president is a racist.
    
Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas says in an open letter Monday that Trump's "ignorant anti-immigrant opinions," border wall rhetoric and continued attacks on a sitting federal judge "are just plain despicable."
    
Vela, who represents a district along the U.S-Mexico border, says his great-great grandfather came to the U.S. in 1857 - well before Trump's ancestors.
    
Vela writes, "Mr. Trump you are a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it."
    
A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond.
    
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1:31 p.m.
    
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should apologize for questioning the impartiality of U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
    
In a pair of tweets Monday, the former GOP presidential candidate panned Trump's contention that Curiel cannot be fair in the lawsuits against Trump University. The presumptive Republican presidential candidate says that's because Curiel, who was born in Indiana, has parents who moved to the U.S. from Mexico. Trump wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which he says puts Curiel in conflict with the lawsuits.
    
Kasich's posts said attacking judges based on their race is "another tactic that divides our country. More importantly, it is flat out wrong."
    
He said Trump should apologize.
    
Kasich suspended his presidential campaign in May. He has refused to endorse Trump.
    
No Republican has been elected president without winning Ohio.
    
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1:29 p.m.
    
BuzzFeed says Donald Trump's rhetoric caused it to terminate a deal with the Republican National Committee to run political ads on the site this fall.
    
In an e-mail sent to BuzzFeed employees, CEO Jonah Peretti writes that BuzzFeed told the RNC Monday morning that it wouldn't accept Trump ads. Peretti says the GOP presidential frontrunner's campaign is "directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and around the world." He says Trump's proposed ban of Muslims entering the U.S. would "make it impossible" for some employees to do their jobs.
    
In an e-mailed statement, GOP communications director Sean Spicer says "space was reserved on many platforms, but we never intended to use Buzzfeed."
    
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined comment.
    
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12:42 p.m.
    
Hillary Clinton is just 23 delegates short of clinching the Democratic presidential nomination after her big win in Puerto Rico.
    
With 60 delegates at stake, Clinton picked up at least 36. Bernie Sanders won at least 20. Four delegates remain to be allocated, pending final vote tallies.
    
Based on primaries and caucuses to date, Clinton now has 1,812 delegates to Sanders' 1,521.
    
When including superdelegates, her lead is much bigger - 2,360 to 1,567. It takes 2,383 to win.
    
The two candidates now head into the final batch of primaries on Tuesday, when six states offer a total of 694 delegates. The District of Columbia, which offers 20 delegates, is the last to vote on June 14.
    
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12:15 p.m.
    
Sen. Susan Collins is the latest Republican to reject GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about the ethnic background of an American federal judge.
    
Trump is insisting that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whose parents were born in Mexico, cannot be impartial overseeing the class action lawsuits against Trump University. Curiel's ethnicity, Trump says, puts him in conflict with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's plan to build a wall with Mexico.
    
The Maine senator Monday called Trump's comments "absolutely unacceptable" and in conflict with what she called, "American values."
    
Other Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, have rejected Trump's remarks and urged him to unite the GOP.
    
Curiel has not commented and Trump's legal team has not sought his recusal from the case.
    
Trump on Monday said he's only defending Trump University from relentless questions from reporters and others.
    
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11:57 a.m.
    
It will be a little while longer before final vote totals are known in Puerto Rico's Democratic presidential primary, because the U.S. territory's election commission has taken the day off.
    
The island's Democratic Party chairman tells The Associated Press the commission will resume manually counting votes on Tuesday.
    
Roberto Prats says commission officials worked until nearly dawn Monday to count the results of Sunday's primary election.
    
He said a final certification will likely be issued Tuesday afternoon.
    
Hillary Clinton won the race over Bernie Sanders. She has just over 60 percent to Sanders' nearly 39 percent, with roughly two-thirds of the vote tallied.
    
Clinton is 26 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination, according to an Associated Press count.
    
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11:57 a.m.
    
It will be a little while longer before final vote totals are known in Puerto Rico's Democratic presidential primary, because the U.S. territory's election commission has taken the day off.
    
The island's Democratic Party chairman tells The Associated Press the commission will resume manually counting votes on Tuesday.
    
Roberto Prats says commission officials worked until nearly dawn Monday to count the results of Sunday's primary election.
    
He said a final certification will likely be issued Tuesday afternoon.
    
Hillary Clinton won the race over Bernie Sanders. She has just over 60 percent to Sanders' nearly 39 percent, with roughly two-thirds of the vote tallied.
    
Clinton is 26 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination, according to an Associated Press count.

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