John McCaslin

This column has learned that Rush Limbaugh's painkiller-addiction "treatment is going extremely well" and "we are confident that, as he promised, Rush will be back on the air within a few days of completing his 30-day treatment program."

So says Kraig Kitchin, president and chief operating officer of Premiere Radio Networks, which distributes the widely popular "Rush Limbaugh" radio show.

"What's more, after meeting with Florida prosecutors, Rush's lawyer, Roy Black, said flatly on MSNBC last week that he doesn't 'believe that Rush will ever be arrested or charged with anything,'" Kitchin was pleased to inform Premiere senior management in an Oct. 20 memorandum obtained by this column.

The conservative commentator, who lives in Palm Beach, Fla., acknowledged on Oct. 10 that he is hooked on painkillers and was immediately checking into a drug-treatment center. The 52-year-old Limbaugh also confirmed he is cooperating with law enforcement authorities in Florida who are investigating the black-market drug trade.

"I'm also happy to report that there has not been a single defection from Rush's affiliate roster," Kitchin writes, not mentioning the fact that stations like Baltimore's WBAL have chosen to air their own local talent during Limbaugh's three-hour time slot rather than Premiere's lineup of guest hosts, many out-of-market radio commentators affiliated with the network.

"It is also important to know that we have received an overwhelming flood of e-mails expressing solid support for Rush, his advertisers and his affiliates," writes Kitchin, seeking to keep stations, listeners and advertisers pumped up and on board during Limbaugh's minimum monthlong absence.

"Listeners seemed particularly moved by Rush's straightforward acceptance of responsibility for his problem," he notes, expecting "Rush's admission will likely help countless others deal with similar problems."


The new $20 bill is not a $20 bill if Uncle Sam is spending $32 million to promote it.

So says Citizens Against Government Waste of the new currency notes that went into circulation last week, featuring a colored background along with a new watermark and security thread to foil counterfeiters.

"The airwaves have been inundated with slick television commercials showing people spending the revised $20 bill," says CAGW head Tom Schatz. "Either the government thinks Americans are not sufficiently intelligent to believe that a bill with Andrew Jackson's picture, the words 'Federal Reserve Note,' the signature of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and the number 20 on it is a $20 bill - or Washington just has far too much money to spend."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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