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"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.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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People have clearly missed their free treats.

The COVID-19 pandemic had us waving a sad farewell to many of life’s modern conveniences. And where it certainly hasn’t been the worst loss, not having free samples at grocery stores has undoubtedly been a buzzkill. Sure, one can shop around without the enticing scent of hot, fresh artisan pizza cut into tiny slices or testing out the latest fancy ice cream … but is it as joyful? Not so much.

Trader Joe’s, famous for its prepandemic sampling stations, has recently brought the tradition back to life, and customers are practically dancing through the aisles.


On the big comeback weekend, people flocked to social media to share images and videos of their free treats, including festive Halloween cookies (because who doesn’t love TJ’s holiday themed items?) along with hopeful messages for the future.
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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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