Mitt Romney’s haircut story was unearthed by a reporter who did a lot of research

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Jason Horowitz's story in the Washington Post about Mitt Romney forcibly cutting off the hair of a high school classmate presumed to be gay is still getting a lot of attention. Right-wing critics like Bernie Goldberg called the timing suspicious, coming one day after Barack Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage.

On Fox News, Goldberg demanded to know if the story was fed to Horowitz, or if he was assisted in any way by Romney's opponents in putting the story together. As Tom McGeveran—who, like me, worked with Horowitz at the New York Observerwrote this afternoon, the answer is no.

"Not a single one of the people Horowitz interviewed contacted him before he began working on the story," McGeveran wrote. "Not a piece of information was given. All of it was found out through reporting."

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NY-06

Liz Crowley would not have voted for the Holt Amendment. [David Freedlander]

Joseph Crowley did vote for the Holt Amendment. [Celeste Katz]

NY-08

"Council member Charles Barron and Assembly member Hakeem Jeffries are wildly popular within their respective bases. Often, that support overlaps. The challenge will be to get their respective bases to the polls." [Mary Alice Miller]

NY-13

"Charles Rangel more vulnerable than ever." [Rachel Weiner]

NY-21

Democrat Rep. Bill Owens [corrected] will reimburse Al D'Amato's firm for helping organize a junket he and his wife took to Taiwan. [Celeste Katz]

City Hall

Locations of bike-share stations were announced, but are not finalized. [Matt Flegnheimer]

"I'm a Brooklyn native/resident but seriously all bike shares Brownstone Brooklyn? Where they have subways? Geeze…" [@RossBarkan]

Albany

The Committee to Save New York, a pro-Cuomo business group, spent $3.9 million on ads between March and April. [Jon Campbell]

The size of David Grandeau's contract to advise the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was not revealed. [Nick Reisman]

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz wants to ban toys in Happy Meals until they become healthy. [Carrie Dennis]

Flashback: Ortix chugged, and puked, Four Loko, to show how dangerous it was. [Dan Amira]

Problems with the Prosecutor

Criticism over Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes' handling of sex abuse case in the Orthodox community goes back to 2006. [Joe Coscarelli]

"[T]he Justice Department could presumably look into allegations of unequal treatment if constitutional questions were raised." [Ray Rivera]

Gay Marriage

Headline: "Obama Gay Marriage Nod Praised by Many Jewish Groups" [The Jewish Group]

Front Page Editorial: "[W]e strongly condemn the president for abusing the authority of his office to embrace values that can lead the country into a moral abyss. …Here's hoping he fails." [Hamodia]

National Insecurity

"The U.S. military taught its future leaders that a “total war” against the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims would be necessary to protect America from Islamic terrorists." [Noah Schachtman and Spencer Ackerman]

On Television

Megyn Kelly: "Why would they be interested in Mitt Romney doing this back when he was 17 years old?" Bernie Goldberg: "The honest answer is I don't know." [Fox]

The Haircut

"Not a single one of the people Horowitz interviewed contacted him before he began working on the story. Not a piece of information was given. All of it was found out through reporting." [Tom McGeveran]

"After 50 years, they all confessed that the incident made them feel guilty, but Romney says he doesn’t remember it?" [Joan Walsh]

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Council members Stephen Leven and Brad Lander. [Facebook]

Bill Cinton with Dodge Landsmen, Rocco Landsmen and Heidi Ettinger, in D.C. [Facebook]