He Brilliantly Points Out That The Rules In America All Depend On 1 Tiny Qualification

"America is a nation of laws."

They've all said it: Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Obama. And it sure sounds good!


But what does that mean?

As MSNBC's Chris Hayes points out, lots of countries have laws. That doesn't necessarily mean that you or I (or our presidents!) would describe them as free, democratic, just, or even fair.

There's the "rule of law."

And then there's equal justice under the law.

Meaning that all people can expect the rules to be applied to them in the same way as their fellow citizens. The same way ... regardless of their skin color or ethnicity, gender, how much money they have, who they're related to, what religion they practice, who they vote for — or who they criticize.

Does America have both?

When the people who crashed the economy walk free but millions serve jail time for low-level offenses, it starts to feel like maybe we don't. When black Americans and white Americans have vastly different experiences of being victimized instead of protected by police, it seems like maybe the law isn't being applied equally.

In this passionate, short segment, Chris Hayes explains why he's beginning to doubt that America can still claim one of its most admired, cherished, and beautiful ideals: that we're one nation, with equal justice for all.

Maybe only for the powerful.

Andrew Garfield with Stephen Colbert.

Andrew Garfield came onto “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to promote his new movie, “tick, tick… Boom.” What he gave instead was a truly touching story about love and loss, with a refreshing and relatable twist.

The sweet moment comes at the four-minute mark of the interview, where Colbert asked Garfield how playing Broadway composer Jonathan Larson (who died suddenly of a heart issue at the upswing of his creative career) helped him process the unexpected loss of his mother.

Instead of wishing the pain away, Garfield states, “I hope this grief stays with me.”

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Jimmy Fallon #MyFamilyIsWeird.

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is when we get the pleasure of spending way more time than we’re used to with our families. For those of us who’ve moved away from our immediate families, the holidays are a great time to reacquaint ourselves with old traditions and to realize that some of them may be a little strange.

Every family seems to have its own brand of weirdness. In fact, I wouldn’t trust anyone who says that their family is completely normal.

On November 18, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon gave everyone a reason to celebrate their unique families by asking them to share their favorite stories under #MyFamilyIsWeird. The responses were everything from odd holiday traditions to family members that may have a screw (or two!) loose.

Here are 17 of the funniest responses.

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