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June 30th, 2009
02:53 PM ET

Outside the Jackson Family Home

CNN's Don Lemon continues his coverage of Michael Jackson's sudden death. He turned on his camcorder to give us an idea of what he’s seeing in front of the Jackson family house in L.A.

Filed under: Behind the Camera... • Don Lemon
June 30th, 2009
11:58 AM ET

Where's the Beef?

Literally – where is it? JBS Swift Beef Company recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of beef that might be contaminated with E. Coli, and now 18 people are sick. Here’s the hitch: neither the company nor the USDA can tell consumers which meats not to eat. That’s because JBS sells its products to a variety of other companies, which in turn put their own labels it. Figuring out what products to throw out of your freezer may be the ultimate meat mystery. For more information about the recall, here’s the press release from the USDA.
Also – listen up raw cookie dough lovers: the FDA has found evidence of E. coli bacteria in an unopened package of raw chocolate chip cookie dough, So far, 69 people have become ill. Visit Nestlé’s website for a complete list of the recalled products:

Filed under: CNN Newsroom
June 30th, 2009
08:58 AM ET

Lieutenant Dan Choi’s Military Future

UPDATE 7/1/09: The board of Army Officers decided Tuesday to recommend Choi be discharged for violating the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The final decision, however, could take up to a year to be made.

6/30/09: Lieutenant Dan Choi faces a board of Army Officers today, which will determine the fate of his military career. Lieutenant Choi violated the military’s “don’t-ask, don’t tell” policy earlier this year when he shared during a television interview that he is gay. He received a dismissal letter from the Army shortly afterward, but decided to fight it. Choi says that despite the consequences, he doesn’t regret his decision to come out. He says that if he is discharged it is his platoon that is being punished, not him, and that he refuses to lie and hide his identity. Choi is a West Point graduate and fluent in Arabic.

Choi says he believes being a leader for gays in the military is more important than following what he believes is an unfair law needing to be appealed.

We want to know what you think is the right decision regarding Choi’s military future. Should the board let him continue to serve his country and platoon despite his violation of “don’t ask, don’t tell” or should he be discharged?

Filed under: Heidi Collins
June 30th, 2009
08:05 AM ET

U.S. Troop Pullback

Today marks the deadline for American troops to pull out of Iraq's towns and cities.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll suggests nearly three-quarters of all Americans support the plan, even though most think that the troop pullback will lead to an increase in violence in that country.

What do you think? Do you support the plan to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraqi urban areas?

Leave us a comment. We’ll read some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am ET— 1pm ET

Filed under: Tony Harris