Justice Dept. Bought $16 Muffins

    Fall harvest muffins are seen in this Oct. 3, 2010 photo. These muffins will fill your house with an inviting aroma and fill your mouth with the flavors of autumn. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

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    Are $16 muffins the new $400 hammers? A report Tuesday from the Justice Department's inspector general revealed overspending at conferences, including servings of $16 muffins and Swedish meatballs at $5 apiece. The report covered 10 Justice Department conferences during both the Bush and Obama presidencies, from October 2007 until September 2009, which cost a total of $4.4 million. Other extravagances include a $32-per-person serving of Cracker Jack, popcorn, and candy bars. The report said the Justice Department “did not adequately attempt to minimize conference costs as required by federal and DOJ guidelines.”

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