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White House Official Resigns After Admitting to Plagiarism

A longtime aide to President Bush resigned on Friday evening after admitting to plagiarism, reported the New York Times.
Timothy Goeglein, who has worked for Bush since 2001, acknowledged that he lifted material from a Dartmouth College publication and presented it as his own work in a column about education for The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, reported the Star Tribune. The newspaper took a closer look at his other columns and found many more instances of plagiarism.
“This is not acceptable, and we are disappointed in Tim’s actions,? a White House spokeswoman, Emily Lawrimore, said Friday morning, hours before Mr. Goeglein resigned, reported the New York Times. “He is offering no excuses, and he agrees it was wrong.?
Tthe plagiarism was reported by a blogger, Nancy Nall, a former News-Sentinel columnist, from Goeglein's hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind, reported the Star Tribune.
"The president was disappointed to learn of the matter and he was saddened for Tim and his family," White House press secretary Dana Perino said in a statement. She said Goeglein had accepted responsibility and "has apologized for not upholding the standards expected by the president."
The News-Sentinel said an internal investigation found that 20 of 38 of Goeglein's columns published in the past eight years contained portions copied from other sources without attribution. Goeglein has submitted unsolicited, or guest, columns to The News-Sentinel for more than 20 years and he has never been paid for them, the paper said.
News-Sentinel editor Kerry Hubartt said the paper would no longer publish Goeglein's writings.
Goeglein was a special assistant to Bush and deputy director of the Office of Public Liaison, serving as the administration's liaison with influential conservatives, reported the Star Tribune. Goeglein also helped establish Bush's Faith-Based and Community Initiative, his program for AIDS relief in Africa, and also played an important role in the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
Goeglein said he had apologized to the author of The Dartmouth Review article, reported the New York Times.