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July 1st, 2009
06:39 AM ET

What's on Tap – Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

A general view of the exterior of The Apollo Theater during a public memorial for Michael Jackson on June 30, 2009 in New York City. Getty Images
A general view of the exterior of The Apollo Theater during a public memorial for Michael Jackson on June 30, 2009 in New York City. Getty Images

Here's what's on the agenda this morning...

A nurse who claims she treated Michael Jackson is telling her shocking story. Cherilyn Lee says back in April Jackson begged for a powerful intravenous sedative used in operating rooms so he could sleep. That nurse spoke exclusively to CNN overnight. You'll want to hear her story.

Details are also trickling out about Michael Jackson's will, which could be made public today. We're also learning there will be a public viewing and private memorial service at Neverland Ranch later this week. Londell McMillan, the Jackson family attorney, will be joining us live.

California's state senate shut down overnight! Lawmakers couldn't find the 24-billion dollars needed to fix the state's budget. Several state governments facing budget deadlines could be on the verge of doing the same. Could your state be next? Pennsylvania's Gov. Ed Rendell joins us live to talk about his state's possible shutdowns.

President Obama is taking the fight over health care reform out of Washington and on to your laptop. The president will be taking your questions about his plan from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Meanwhile, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are still wrangling over details of the plan.


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  1. Carrie

    she is indeed a liar, I have personally seen all of her interviews and her story is never quite the same like the last time she told it, she is constantly adding things or switching her story around and the crazy thing is people believe her when none of things she has said can be validated...she is a liar and truth is not in her.

    August 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  2. NANCY

    ABOUT THAT "NURSE" last night...she said Michael 'begged' her for that IV drug and that she lectured him on the potential dangers and refused him treatment but gave him food. She said she hadn't talked to him for 3 mos.
    THIS A.M. she 's ALL OVER THE NEWS saying he called her 4 days before his death asking AGAIN for the same drug AND SAYING HE SAID HE WOULD PAY ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THE MEDICATION. which is it lady? SOUNDS LIKE SHE EITHER GOT IT FOR HIM THE 1ST TIME (THEREFORE HE ASKED HER AGAIN) OR SHE IS JUST A LIAR! SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THIS LADY'S STORY...if all he got was a refusal and a lecture and a meal the 1st time..he wouldn't have called HER a second time!

    July 1, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  3. June

    Questionable, illogical, and unacceptable apply to Nurse Cherilyn Lee.
    Perhaps Cherilyn comes from the deep south, down in the delta, and at the mud bottom. Maybe the nurse Cherilyn comes from a long line of Pressley's "vampires and leeches" that dwell on smear campaigns, kill joys, and heart breakers. Obviously, Donna Summers' words of "sitting duck" indicate nurse Cherilyn represents plotted snares, conducted conspiracies, and activated confederacies.

    Indeed Michael has displayed joy, peace, and righteousness. Michael faced challenges, confronted barriers, and exposed ghouls and fools in the "Thriller" success. Michael was steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in good works.

    Michael's "Thriller" hit nurse Cherilyn gangs, thugs, and hoodlums where they exist and move. The nurse Cherilyns of the world cannot take Michael's honor and glory. The nurse Cherilyns of the world cannot taunt, taint, and stain Michael's victory and success.

    Apparently, cherilyn lee-nurse is looking for fame, name, and shame. What a shame on nurse cherilyn.

    July 1, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  4. willowgrovepa

    What is the Twitter and Facebook locations to post my question?

    July 1, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  5. RJ

    Well CNN wont let people say their true feelings and thats sad and what ever happen to free speech. I realize you have moderaters to censor inappropraite language but censoring based on personal opinion is why so many people are switching back to FOX!

    July 1, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  6. RJ

    MJ being a junkie and a child molester is old news and doesnt surprise me in the least, what does surprise me, more like baffles me is how so many so called fans dont care anything about his faults and can only see the good! Well it aint gonna be good enough on judgement day! Another thing that baffles me is how now all of a sudden the black community is all behind MJ, why? Is it the money he made as a black man, or the contributions to pop music? MJ did everything he could to shake being black, so why do they worship him like a GOD. I believe black people are worried that his legacy will be more white than black, I believe this is the real fear! Black people are desperately seeking a black hero someone they can truly latch on to as a hero, someone really worhty of looking up to and they are running out of candidates!

    July 1, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  7. Kim-Ha Albert in Seattle

    Somehow, I cannot help but think that the nurse your reporter interviewed, Cherilyn Lee, is now going to lose her job, be sued for defamination of character, and a whole bunch of other bad stuff because SHE TOLD THE TRUTH on the "hero", who in reality, was a rich drug addict who died owing more than $500 million. She will be accused of seeking fame at the expense of the washed-out singer's death, because American's are like 4-year-old's who cry when you tell them there is no Santa Claus, the Emperor wears no clothes, or the wars they are fighting are illegal: They cry and hate you for it!

    July 1, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  8. Linda RN

    As a nurse, I am deeply disturbed at your broadcast of the registered nurse making claims related to MJ. I am not a fan of MJ, but feel that if she had concerns, it would have been ,more appropriate for her to bring them to law inforcement than the media. I hope that her employer or other in the board of nursing of the state where she is licensed look into potential HIPPA violations. A private conversation between a nurse and a patient cannot be violated; rather, concerns need to be addressed with appropriate parties. This nurse apparently did not follow up at all at the time, but is sharing her story now. Shame on her.

    July 1, 2009 at 7:25 am |