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NEWS STAND: Palin Raps Obama on Big Oil, Gang Power In Jamaica, Puffy Wants Cowell's Gig, and More

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Palin accuses Obama of being in bed with Big Oil

From the pot calling the kettle black file, pundit/pundit Sarah Palin is accusing President Obama of not responding to the BP Oil debacle sooner because of donations made to the Democratic Party. The former governor of Alaska, who has championed more off-shore drilling, which by the way President Obama supports (at least prior to this disaster) has the unmitigated gall to pretend that this is an issue. Perhaps it is, but not coming from her. Those in glass houses that they vacated prematurely should not throw stones.

The Harder They Come: State of emergency declared in Kingston, Jamaica

As if President Obama doesn’t have enough on his plate with BP and North Korea, he may have to save Jamaica from one of its own. Gang members blocked off miles of West Kingston to keep authorities from apprehending drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who is wanted by the United States. A drug kingpin with the last name of Coke. We cannot make this stuff up. Two police stations were bombed with Molotov cocktails by gang members who have declared their support and protection of Coke, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and conspiracy to illegally traffic in firearms in U.S. federal court last year. Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding said citizens should "allow the courts to deal with the extradition matter," the state-run Jamaica Information service reported. We wouldn’t count on that happening.

A Match Made in Heaven: Nas and Marley mix rap and reggae inspired by Africa

Forget Kelis. Rapper Nas’ better half these days is Damian Marley. Hip-Hop royalty and Reggae royalty have come together to make an entire album influenced by African beats and rhythms. The LP entitled, “Distant Relatives,” is the first full-length collaboration between Nas and another artist of any genre. Isn’t it wonderful when people of African descent can come to a meeting of the minds and culture? Who says African-Americans and West Indians can’t get along? It’s sweet music to our ears.

Saved by the Bell: Patients saved from huge ER bills by new law

You can stop fretting about cost and concentrate on healing thanks to the new “equal coverage guarantee law.” Insurance companies can no longer stick you with exorbitant bills when you use hospitals outside of the network during an emergency. Insurance can no longer pay less for emergency care at “out of network” hospitals or make you go to hospitals with which they already have financial arrangements. Score one for common sense and common decency.