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Crafty Politician Channels Frank Underwood, Goes Viral

He says he wanted 'the world's attention'

(Newser) - He might not have the speech-writing skills of Frank Underwood, but it appears he can spin a story just as well: Mexican politician Miguel Angel Covarrubias Cervantes shared a Facebook video Tuesday in which he delivers a speech that will sound awfully familiar to any fan of House of Cards ... More »

Bob Dylan Accused of Using SparkNotes for Nobel Lecture

Writer finds 20 strong similarities in Moby Dick portion

(Newser) - Bob Dylan delivered what was described as an "eloquent" lecture this month as part of his Nobel prize requirements—but one writer says he may have approached the task like a high school student with an overdue project. Dylan discussed three favorite works from childhood and Andrea Pitzer at... More »

Michelle Obama Mural Ignites Fight—Between Artists

Gelila Mesfin says mural artist Chris Devins stole her depiction of former first lady

(Newser) - A mural of Michelle Obama painted in Chicago, not far from where she grew up, has generated interest both for the painting and for artist Chris Devins, who told DNAinfo on Friday he "wanted to present her as what I think she is," which is draped in colorful... More »

Plagiarism Accusations Surface About Gorsuch

Though an author he's accused of copying defends him against the allegation

(Newser) - Senators who oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court might have a little more ammunition to work with this week: Both Politico and BuzzFeed are out with reports suggesting that Gorsuch copied other authors without attribution in his writings, particularly in his 1986 book The Future of Assisted ... More »

White House Press Release Copies ExxonMobil's

Both releases contained identical paragraph

(Newser) - The White House and ExxonMobil were literally on the same page Monday when a White House statement on the oil giant's investment plan lifted an entire paragraph from an Exxon press release issued around 30 minutes earlier. Both statements praised how the company is "strategically investing in new... More »

Trump Pick Accused of Plagiarism Won't Take Job

Monica Crowley decides against joining administration after hubbub

(Newser) - Conservative commentator Monica Crowley will be looking for work outside the Trump White House, announcing Monday that she will back away from a top communications job in the wake of reports that she plagiarized liberally in her 2000 dissertation and 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? "After much... More »

Top Trump Comms Pick Plagiarized in Book: Report

HarperCollins says it's 'looking into' claim that Monica Crowley liberally stole others' words

(Newser) - Amid accusations that Monica Crowley, Donald Trump's pick for National Security Council communications director, plagiarized rampantly in her 2012 book, What the (Bleep) Just Happened?, publisher HarperCollins says it's trying to figure out, well, what the bleep happened. A CNN KFile investigation found more than 50 instances of... More »

Trump Jr.'s Plagiarism Tweet Causes a Ruckus

Later suggests accusation against Obama was tongue-in-cheek

(Newser) - There's a new plagiarism kerfuffle making the rounds in political circles, but this one is a little strange. It begins with this tweet from Donald Trump Jr.: "I'm honored that POTUS would plagiarize a line from my speech last week. Where's the outrage?" He was referring... More »

2 People Surprised at Melania Speech: Original Writers

Matthew Scully, John McConnell's draft was gutted after they submitted it

(Newser) - With the Trump campaign still stinging from allegations that Melania Trump cribbed from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech, various news outlets are beginning to piece together how the gaffe happened. At this point, one thing is clear: You can't blame the original speechwriters. As ABC News reports, the Trump... More »

Trump Campaign: What Plagiarism?

'These were common words and values'

(Newser) - All the buzz Tuesday morning about Melania Trump plagiarizing a speech by Michelle Obama is "just really absurd." At least that's the stance the Trump campaign is taking after a controversial night at the RNC. She wouldn't "do something like that knowing how scrutinized her... More »

Melania's Speech Looks to Have Plagiarized One by Michelle Obama

Parts of her RNC address match 2008 DNC speech word for word

(Newser) - In what could turn into a PR disaster for the Republican National Convention, parts of Melania Trump's Monday night speech appear to have been lifted from the speech Michelle Obama delivered on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Journalist Jarrett Hill was the first to... More »

Harper's Makes 1st Retraction in 165 Years

Magazine makes big step over old piece by disgraced Stephen Glass

(Newser) - Disgraced journalist Stephen Glass continues trying to make up for past transgressions, most recently to Harper's Magazine. Although much of the hullabaloo in the 1990s originally focused on Glass' work for the New Republic—a majority of which he completely made up, per the Washington Post —it's... More »

Judge 'Plagiarizes' Taylor Swift in Taylor Swift Plagiarism Ruling

You could have been getting down to this sick judicial ruling

(Newser) - If a judge is a big enough Taylor Swift fan to repeatedly quote her lyrics within a ruling, should they not be required to recuse themselves from any case involving the pop star? That's the legal conundrum we're left with after judge Gail Standish used references to at... More »

Shia LaBeouf's Newest Plagiarism Accuser: '90s Rap Group

Anomolies MC doesn't appreciate actor's viral freestyle-rap video

(Newser) - Stop us if you've heard this one before , but Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarism : The actor turned up on YouTube over the weekend in a video since gone viral that shows him, sans shirt, freestyle rapping. But as relaxed and spontaneous as LaBeouf seemed, a "self-described... More »

Man Accused of Plotting Wife's Murder Stole Eulogy

Chris Panayioutou, alleged hitmen arrested in South Africa

(Newser) - Plagiarizing a eulogy is one thing. Plagiarizing a eulogy at the funeral of the wife you're suspected of plotting to kill is plainly quite another. Schoolteacher Jayde Panayiotou, 28, was kidnapped outside her home in Uitenhage, South Africa, on April 21 as she waited for a ride to work... More »

Democratic Senator Accused of Plagiarism

Montana's John Walsh lifted thesis material, says New York Times

(Newser) - It's bad news for Democrats in general and worse news for one Democrat in particular: The New York Times is out with a detailed report alleging plagiarism on the part of Montana Sen. John Walsh. It's not pretty: The report shows that about 25% of Walsh's 2007... More »

Led Zeppelin Hit With 'Stairway' Plagiarism Suit

Former tour mate says intro was stolen

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" is some of the greatest eight minutes in rock history. But one lawyer thinks history should be rewritten. Rolling Stone reports that a reissue of the album Led Zeppelin IV could be delayed because of a plagiarism suit. It was filed by a... More »

Paul Ryan's CPAC Speech Swiped Plot From Book

He says Wisconsin official 'improperly sourced' it

(Newser) - How do you make cutting funding to school lunches sound heartwarming? Paul Ryan seemed to pull off the feat yesterday in his CPAC speech, by telling the story he said Eloise Anderson—Scott Walker's Secretary of Children and Families—had related to him, about a poor boy who received... More »

At Last, an Original LaBeouf Apology ... Via Skywriting

Seriously

(Newser) - Shia LaBeouf's apology tour has taken to the skies. Yesterday, the actor commissioned a skywriter to write "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" in the skies over Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter , which has a photo. Clowes is the graphic novelist whose comic LaBeouf is accused of... More »

Shia LaBeouf Still Plagiarizing Apologies

And other stuff, too, allegedly

(Newser) - Shia LaBeouf is either engaging in some sort of grand "performance art" experiment, or he has a disorder that causes him to rampantly plagiarize. The latest incidents, pointed out by Jesse David Fox on Vulture , are two more apologies LaBeouf tweeted (one yesterday and one the day before ),... More »

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