By: E&P Staff
In an article teased on the cover of this week’s Time magazine — due out tomorrow –as “The Real Reson Bush Let Scooter Skip Jail,” Richard Lacayo quotes the old Janis Joplin/Kris Kristofferson tune: “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”
In other words: “With his approval ratings at historic lows, [President] Bush didn’t have to worry about spending political capital by making an unpopular decision…If he let Libby go to jail, his critics still wouldn’t love him. And what support he continues to com mand comes mostly from consevatives who were strongly in favor of his helping Libby.”
In another piece, recent Time hire Mark Halperin considers the “Hill and Bill” factor: Can Sen. Clinton use the ex-president in a truly positive way on the campaign trail? Her success at that “may determine her ability to capture the White House.” He adds that “her campaign needs to make sure that the former President stays in a supporting role.”
Bill Clinton says: ?[Voters] don?t want change from what we did. They want to change from what was undone about where we were going.”
The issue also features a look at Obama’s online fundraising triumph and a column by Michael Kinsley that consideers whether 2008 is an “affirmative action” election.
The cover story looks at addiction, and presents the following numbers:
Alcohol: About 18.7 million people, or 7.7% of the population, are dependent on or abuse alcohol.
Drugs: An estimated 3.6 million people are dependent on drugs, and 700,000 are undergoing treatment for addiction.
Tobacco: There are about 71.5 million users of tobacco products in the U.S.; about 23.4% of men and 18.5% of women are cigarette smokers.
Food: An addiction to food affects as many as 4 million U.S. adults and is strongly linked to depression.
Gambling: Two million American adults, or 0.67% of the population, are thought to be pathological gamblers; an additional 4 million to 8 million are considered problem gamblers.