(CNN) - Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson hasn't been shy about smoking marijuana in the past, but a new interview reveals that this past may not be so distant. In an interview with The Weekly Standard released Monday, Johnson admits that he smoked marijuana recently for medicinal purposes.
Johnson is an avid supporter of the legalization of marijuana and the revelation that it's a part of his past isn't a new one. When asked if he ever smoked marijuana, he referenced Bill Clinton circa 1992 to The New Republic in November, saying "I never exhaled." But The Weekly Standard prompted a response from Johnson that puts his use of marijuana within the last two years: "It's not anything I volunteer, but you're the only person that actually asked about it," he said, "But for luck, I guess, I wasn't arrested."
Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin is turning down a Tea Party request to seek the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.
"I respect the desire to have someone in charge of the RNC who understands the wishes of the conservative grassroots and understands that power resides with the people and not the vested interests in D.C.," Palin said in a statement provided to CNN. "However, the primary role of the RNC chair seems be that of fundraiser-in-chief, and there are others who would probably be much more comfortable asking people for money than I would be, and they would definitely enjoy it more."
Washington (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum used two recently-formed political action committees to send tens of thousands of dollars to candidates in Iowa and South Carolina in the closing weeks of the midterm election, another indication that the Republican's presidential ambitions are very real.
Between its launch on Sept. 20 and Election Day, Santorum's Iowa Keystone PAC contributed over $48,000 to 16 GOP candidates in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, including two contributions totaling $10,000 to Republican Gov.-elect Terry Branstad.
Washington (CNN) - Two Democratic congressional aides tell CNN that top Democrats will meet with President Obama in the 3 p.m. hour when he returns from North Carolina. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Steny Hoyer will meet with Obama to discuss how to move forward on tax cuts.
Pelosi and Hoyer will also join a group of House Democrats for a 2 p.m. meeting with Vice President Joe Biden. Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and Rep. John Larson are among those who will meet with Biden to discuss tax cuts, according to two Democratic congressional aides.
A Democratic congressional source tells CNN the message congressional Democrats have for Biden and Obama is, "We won't rubber stamp a deal between the White House and Mitch Mcconnell. ...We want to make it clear - don't take our support for granted."
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some things you might have missed:
I (don't) love Lucy
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lashed out at Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor on Saturday for his opposition to repealing "don't ask, don't tell" - and took a cartoon-like approach to the matter, comparing him to the "Peanuts" cartoon character Lucy, Politico reports.
Washington (CNN) – It is not enough to say the economy is "struggling," "hurting," "sluggish" or "slow."
In this week's American Sauce, we nail down the specifics on our economic health: income, spending, GDP and jobs (now and future). And we look at a core problem, still: housing. We'll introduce you to a woman who's part of the next large group to face foreclosure (conventional loans on moderate homes). She personally demonstrates that all that talk of loan modifications has led to a tangled system of obstacles.
Washington (CNN) - Two Democratic congressional aides tell CNN that House Democratic leaders are going to the White House to meet with Vice President Joe Biden at 2 p.m.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and Rep. John Larson are among those who will meet with Biden to discuss how to move forward on tax cuts.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Monday that there are still "serious debates still taking place" in the negotiations over extending the Bush-era tax cuts, and both Democrats and Republicans have to be prepared to compromise in order to reach a deal.
The president reiterated his position that extending the cuts for the wealthiest Americans would be fiscally irresponsible, and stressed the opinion of Democratic leaders that an extension of unemployment benefits needs to be part of any agreement with the GOP.
Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that he has authorized "significant" actions related to the criminal investigation of WikiLeaks as the website faces increasing pressure worldwide for publishing sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables.
"National security of the United States has been put at risk," Holder said. "The lives of people who work for the American people have been put at risk. The American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that I believe are arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way. We are doing everything that we can."