DANIEL DREZNER LOOKS AT Rep. Sherrod Brown’s plagiarism problems.

On plagiarism generally, here’s a chapter from the ethics book I wrote with Peter Morgan, The Appearance of Impropriety: How the Ethics Wars Have Undermined American Government, Business, and Society, a book that seems timely again. In that chapter, Joe Biden is defended. I suspect that the pithiest defense of Biden quoted there — “at worst, Biden purloined piffle” — applies to Brown, too.