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DOMA Unconstitutional, Looser Pot Laws, NC Swings

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DOMA Unconstitutional:  The second circuit court of the united states has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. It is the second such decision by an appeals court possibly signifying the end of the law as it heads to the Supreme Court. We talk to Chris Geidner, Senior Political Reporter who is also an attorney who has followed the case through the courts.

Looser Pot Laws:  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard arguments today over whether the federal government should be required to reclassify marijuana from its current status as a dangerous drug to one that has medical uses. We talk to Joe Elford, Chief Counsel for Americans for Safe Access.

Mortgage holders v. Morgan Stanley:  A group of mortgage holders in Detroit are suing Morgan Stanley alleging discriminatory lending practices when they were sold uncompetitive subprime home loans. We talk to Stuart Rossman, Director of Litigation for the National Consumer Law Center

North Carolina key in 2012 election:  North Carolina has traditionally been a red state, not voting for  Democratic presidential nominee since Jimmy Carter in 1976. At least not until 2008 when the state helped elect Barack Obama to the White House. Both presidential candidates are fighting hard for the 15 electoral votes the state will provide. While a new Voice of Russia poll shows the state leaning Romney, it’s a close race and could, for once, decide who takes the White House. We talk to North Carolina-based freelance journalist Christopher Thomas.