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Mexican President Peña Nieto Accused Of Plagiarizing His Law Thesis

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Enrique Peña Nieto, current president of Mexico, is confronting claims he plagiarized large portions of his law degree thesis.

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According to a report by Aristegui Noticias, nearly 29 percent of his total thesis was lifted from other works without proper citation. To put that number into context, the amount he plagiarized is higher than his current approval rating, which is a paltry 23 percent.

The thesis, titled “Mexican Presidentialism and Alvaro Obregon,” apparently repurposed several passages from a variety of authors, including President Miguel de la Madrid, who was Mexico’s 52nd president in the 1980s.

His already embarrassingly low approval rating is probably why this latest controversy will likely have no affect on his reputation.

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People already expect the worst of Peña Nieto. Since taking office, the Mexican president has weathered his share of scandals and public blunders. He’s basically admitted he rarely reads, he and his wife have had dubious contract negotiations, and his inaction in the case of 43 missing Ayotzinapa students has led to widespread criticism. His old school sexism is just the cherry on top — so this kind of behavior is almost expected of him at this point. His gaffes are so frequent that they’ve become a national joke.

There’s even a website devoted to the current number of days Enrique has gone since his last public mistake.

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The most alarming thing here is that Enrique is a real-life president of an actual country.

Watch a report from Aristegui Noticias here:

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Neiman Marcus Once Again Took a Beloved Mexican Thing And Charged White People Prices

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Neiman Marcus Once Again Took a Beloved Mexican Thing And Charged White People Prices

Neiman Marcus is a Dallas, Tex.-based luxury department store chain where you can find designer brands such as Christian Louboutin, Prada, Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Michael Kors.

Neiman Marcus is the type of place where you can expect to see a Mexican-inspired jacket, such as this one, retailing for more than $300.

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Oh, nice! It’s on sale for only $272!

Yeah, look at that price one more time.

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Well, not only is Neiman Marcus selling overpriced Mexican-inspired clothing, it’s also selling Mexican food. You can order tamales…

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They’re only available in beef, chicken and pork. Sorry, folks, no rajas. Unfortunately for Neiman Marcus customers, they’ll never experience what it’s like to unwrap a tamal, bite into it and realize it’s a random tamal de dulce that got mixed in with a different batch. *shudders*

At six dozen (72 total if you’re too lazy to do the math), the $92 price tag isn’t totally off the mark, especially if they’re truly handmade. Anyone who has helped make tamales during the holidays knows that it’s not only time-consuming, it also takes a bit of practice. (And if you screw up too often, you’ll be roasted for it by your mom and tías).

But wait, there’s more! You can also order an “Enchilada Dinner” for $72.

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For $72, plus $18 shipping, you get 12 enchiladas: six with beef and six with chicken.

Wait a minute, Neiman Marcus, you’re asking people to pay $90 for 12 enchiladas?

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If you include the cost of shipping, each enchilada costs $7.50. Now those are definitely luxury prices, especially for enchiladas that look a lot like what you’d get at a Mexican chain like Acapulco or El Torito.

And if, for some reason, you decide to order these Hamburger Helper-looking things, make sure you get your money’s worth, because this sample image only shows nine enchiladas.

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Don’t try to be slick, Neiman Marcus, we see you.

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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed New York as the home base of Neiman Marcus.

READ: Someone At LAX Was Busted For Bringing In 450 Illegal Tamales From Mexico

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