The Washington Times Fires Rand Paul for Plagiarizing Column

Following Monday's report in BuzzFeed that Rand Paul, the Jonah Lehrer of senators, plagiarized part of his September 20 article in The Washington Times, the conservative paper has ended the Kentucky Senator's weekly column, which he's written since the summer.

“We expect our columnists to submit original work and to properly attribute material, and we appreciate that the senator and his staff have taken responsibility for an oversight in one column,” Times Editor John Solomon said.

BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski reported on Monday that Paul cribbed a significant portion of his September 20 column from an article written by Dan Stewart in The Week. Paul lifted paragraphs and sentences, nearly word-for-word, from Stewart's article without any attribution.

Last week, Politico and MSNBC reported that some of Paul's speeches included plagiarized passages from the Wikipedia pages of Gattaca and Stand and Deliver, as well as language from Associated Press articles. And this past weekend, BuzzFeed reported that Paul copied at least three pages of his 2013 book, Government Bullies, from a 2003 Heritage Foundation study.

Paul has responded to the charges by blaming his staff and expressing a desire to shoot his "haters."

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