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Dem Senator up for re-election in Montana blames master’s thesis plagiarism on PTSD

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A U.S. senator blames his alleged academic plagiarism on treatments he was undergoing for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

According to the Associated Press, Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) claims he was under treatment for PTSD from his term of service in Iraq when he wrote his master’s thesis, in which he used the work of other authors without proper attribution.

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Walsh told the AP that his mind “was not in a place very conducive to a classroom and an academic environment” when he wrote the thesis paper. He had been back from the Iraq War for nearly two years at that point, but said he was still suffering from nightmares, insomnia, panic attacks and anxiety exacerbated by the suicide of a fellow veteran.

The medications he was taking to treat the symptoms, said Walsh, impaired his judgment. He told the AP that he has worked through the issues since then, and is willing to offer apologies and correct attribution to the scholars whose work he misappropriated.

The U.S. Army War College, where Walsh received his masters, told the New York Times that Walsh’s thesis paper will be run through an online plagiarism detection program.

Retired brigadier general and War College Provost Lance Betros said that the institution has opened an investigation into the matter and intends to take appropriate action.

“We’re not going to treat this any differently than with another student,” said Betros.

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Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February by Montana’s Gov. Steve Bullock (D) to fill the vacant seat left by Sen. Max Baucus (D), who retired from the Senate to become ambassador to China. He is running for his seat this year against Republican Congressman Steve Daines (MT), who currently leading the race.

[image of Sen. John Walsh via Facebook.com]


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Authorities searching for spring breakers who flew from Cabo on private plane with 28 COVID-19 victims

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Texas authorities are on the lookout for a group of spring breakers who returned from Cabo San Lucas testing positive for the coronavirus.

According to Alyssa Goard at KXAN News, public health officials announced Tuesday that about a week and a half ago, about 70 students in their 20's flew back to the United States on a chartered plane while others used commercial flights. There are 28 youth from the trip who have tested positive for COVID-19.

"Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin and University Health Services have made contact with every spring breaker onboard the plane using flight manifest from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 28 confirmed cases are self-isolating at this time. Others are under quarantine while being monitored and tested. The Department of State Health Services has been notified.

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Never Trump conservative strategist punches back at Laura Ingraham for saying he’s ‘hoping for calamity’

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On Tuesday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham lashed out at former GOP strategist and Never Trump conservative Steve Schmidt for criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, accusing him of "hoping for calamity."

Another irrelevant NeverTrump former Republican “strategist” who sounds like he’s hoping for calamity. https://t.co/JrII3n4EkH

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 31, 2020

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Kellyanne Conway is preparing to spread the ‘Big Lie’ designed to absolve Trump of screwing up coronavirus response: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Tuesday, Greg Sargent warns that President Trump's campaign is gearing up to disseminate a new "Big Lie" in a bid to ensure he's re-elected in the wake of his mishandling of the response to the coronavirus pandemic -- and Kellyanne Conway is leading the initial push.

According to the Big Lie, as relayed by Conway, the coronavirus was "unanticipated" and Trump will lead the country back to its former glory.

Sargent writes that in reality, "Trump vastly minimized the crisis in real time for weeks and weeks, at a time when his own health-care officials, as well as members of Congress and outside experts, were frantically doing the opposite, badly hampering the federal response."

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