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So Now Rand Paul Is a Victim of Plagiarism Too?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,  addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As examples of Sen. Rand Paul reproducing material without attribution continue to pile up, the New York Times has a new twist to throw into this tale that had threatened to get a little repetitive: Seems Rand Paul has also been a victim of plagiarism, as well as a perpetrator. In this case, the apparent culprit was Greg Brannon, a U.S. Senate candidate from North Carolina whom Paul supports, and the source material was Paul's own website. The Times gives an exhaustive list of passages on Paul's now-archived site, in reference to issues such as monetary policy and homeschooling, which appear nearly verbatim on Brannon's site. But it goes further! Brannon "is a doctor who calls for a strict reading of the Constitution and the curtailment of federal powers." Plagiarizing IRL?

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Photo: J. Scott Applewhite