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John Boehner has been accused of spending the federal government’s money in defense of the Defense of Marriage Act. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics alleges that Boehner illegally directed payment of $500,000 of the government’s money to the law firm selected to defend DOMA. Boehner’s spokesman strongly denied any wrongdoing in a statement to The Hill newspaper. “The Speaker expects any cost to be recouped from the Obama Administration Justice Department, which should be defending the law in court,” said Michael Steel.—-

CREW points to the Antideficiency Act, which is designed to stop government officials from overspending violations of which can lead to jail time.

But Steel lamented, “The ‘anti-deficiency act’ has nothing to do with this situation, as anyone with a basic grasp of the law knows.” (Read: They’re just a bunch of ninnies with a law book.)

CREW’s executive director Melanie Sloan stamped Boehner as a hypocrite when announcing the group’s complaint. “Speaker Boehner has vowed to end deficit spending and usher in a new era of government fiscal austerity, warning Americans we need to make do with less. But apparently, the House leadership can continue freely spending money it doesn’t have,” she said in a statement. “This is yet another case of do as I say, not as I do.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-Obviously) last month explained that the economic crisis is a part of God’s plan to return us to biblical principals. The prophet has expressed some interest in running for President in 2012 but has taken criticism recently for his budget, which would lay off 100,000 teachers, the fact that he invited other governors to an anti-gay prayer event and in 2009 publicly refusing stimulus money then secretly using stimulus money to balance his budget.

Well, on Tuesday Perry, the longest-serving Texas governor, said the U.S. needs to return to conservative principles of low taxes, reduced spending and less regulation to end “economic misery.” In his “Economic Ruin” Republican speech in New York, Perry talked up these conservative principles like they were a good thing. "In Texas, you don't have to use your imagination, saying, 'What'll happen if we apply this or that conservative principle?' " Perry said. "You just need to look around, because they've been in play across our state for years, generating real results like unmatched job creation, more exports than any other state and a balanced budget."

That’s weird. Texas has the highest percentage of minimum wage jobs in the country.

Anthony Weiner, who resigned from office yesterday, has already been offered a new job as the spokesperson for Twitter. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the HBO series Entourage has approached Weiner for a possible cameo role in the upcoming season.

Documents filed Thursday by prosecutors provide a chronology of statements leading to the arrest of the former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. According to the prosecutors, the Frenchman declared he had diplomatic immunity and complained his handcuffs were too tight after being taken into custody on allegations he tried to rape a Manhattan hotel maid. "I have diplomatic immunity," Strauss-Kahn told officers, according to the documents. "... Can I speak with someone from the French consulate? What is this about?" He also asked if he needed an attorney, that he would “like some eggs,” and complained about his handcuffs.

"Manhattan detectives need to speak with you about an incident in a hotel room," responded one detective as they go from the airport to the Manhattan Special Victims Squad on May 14 at about 5:15 p.m., the documents say. "Then I need to make a call and let them know I won't be at my meeting tomorrow," Strauss-Kahn told the detective. Then he added, "These handcuffs are tight.

Srauss-Kahn had reportedly just watched this video and planned to make a dramatic escape. And eat eggs. 

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