Serial plagiarist Rand Paul blames staffers. No wait, "mistakes due to busy schedule." Did he lift the excuses too?


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Why it seems like only yesterday when I posted, VIDEO: Rand Paul's Wiki-plagiarism scandal "is getting worse by the day." And it just did.

Here we go again:

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Rachel Maddow:

Now the controversy about Rand Paul as an author is what was first reported by Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski over the weekend. He reported that three solid pages of Senator Paul's most recent book was lifted without quotation marks directly from a right wing think tank.

For context I should tell you, that is a block of text longer than the lead story in today's New York Times, just copied straight up and reprinted in his book as if it is his own words.

And another section of the same book was lifted directly from a different right wing think tank.

And then tonight, yet more! Mr Kaczynski at Buzzfeed reporting tonight on yet another example of Rand Paul lifting language, in this case from a magazine article for an oped that he wrote in the Washington Times; he then apparently  repurposed that same plagiarized text to use as testimony in the Senate.

Asked on ABC's Sunday morning show yesterday about just some of what he has been caught stealing from others and presenting as his own work, Senator Paul told ABC that the people reporting this information about him are "hacks and haters."

But the "hacks and haters" aren't the only one Rand Paul is blaming. And his story seems to be changing minute to minute.

The Hill:

November 05, 2013, 12:42 pm: Paul's office blames staffers after string of plagiarism charges:

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) office on Tuesday said it is implementing a new approval process for the Kentucky Republican’s speeches and writing in the wake of plagiarism charges, adding that "supporting facts and anecdotes" from staffers were not "clearly sourced or vetted properly."

November 05, 2013, 01:41 pm: Paul: Mistakes due to busy schedule:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blamed his busy schedule for the plagiarism controversy that has engulfed him in the past week. But he ruled out firing any staffer over the controversy. 

In an interview with The New York Times, Paul also said he could not guarantee other instances of plagiarism would not surface. He could not say if the charges would affect his decision to potentially run for president in 2016.

So which is it, Rand? And is that really your name, or did you lift that too?

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