The big stories of the week -- Jim Nussle to OMB, Mike Bloomberg and his little balls switching parties, and the UI presidency search finally ending -- were better covered by others. But I've got a few tidbits.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will not be permitted to use State Department funds to travel to nations that are known to have sponsored terrorism if a Republican amendment to appropriations legislation passes the House on Thursday.
The amendment to the $34 billion State and Foreign Operations bill, offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), prohibits funds to be used to travel to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.
UPDATE: Crushing defeat, 337 to 84, losing even among Republicans. Tom Latham joins King and votes with the minority of the minority.
Check out alankeyes.com -- a site which Keyes has controlled for many years. The website disclaimer said it is paid for by "We Need Alan Keyes for President, Inc." The group is described on the site as "a political action committee organized according to rules established by the FEC ... [and] not managed by Alan Keyes, but rather is an organization designed to determine and rally support for a presidential candidacy by Dr. Keyes, should he choose to run."
Yup, Alan Keyes is drafting Alan Keyes to run for President.
Don't laugh yet, Ron: Remember Keyes winning Linn County in the `96 caucuses? Of course, he fared less well in 2000. There's also those three Senate defeats, two in Maryland and that three-to-one slaughter in 2004 as the self-appointed, only one willing, last second GOP nominee against Barack Obama in Illinois.