Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), the son of the famous civil rights activist, is "receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder," his congressional office said in a statement Wednesday. Jackson took a medical leave from Congress in June, and hasn't been seen or heard from since, raising all sorts of questions about his health, location, and future in politics. Jackson's chief of staff denied widespread rumors that the congressman is in rehab for drug or alcohol addiction. The vague "mood disorder" diagnosis, from an unidentified doctor, did little to tamp down speculation, though. Several top Democrats have called on the Jackson family to release more information to the congressman's constituents.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 10 things you need to know today: November 28, 2014
- The latent sexism of the male marriage proposal
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- This judge is the reason we're still fighting over net neutrality
- After Ferguson: Stop deferring to the cops
- Bush vs. Clinton in 2016 is the perfect way to make millennials hate politics even more
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency
- How to adopt the perfect rescue dog
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
Subscribe to the Week