Chris Matthews is a well known commentator who has been on the Washington D.C scene since the 1970’s. Matthews has hosted Hardball on MSNBC since 1998. He previously served as a top aide to former House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Matthews himself ran as a Democrat for Congress from his home state of Pennsylvania. He worked on the Presidential campaign of former U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas.

Matthews also hosted The Chris Matthews show on ABC. It was a Sunday morning roundtable talk show where people like Susan Rice and Pat Buchanan often appeared in order to discuss political issues. The show was not as hard hitting as Hardball with Chris Matthews. On his Sunday show, Matthews would even ask commentators/journalists to come up with an important fact that Matthews had not considered about a news story of the day. Matthews has written several best sellers associated with political history. His book, Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America’ accurately compared and contrasted the upbringing of these two men and how they rose to power. Their friendship in their early days as WWII vets is not something that many people may have thought of.

Matthews has been highly critical of the Clintons on his MSNBC show. Some liberals have also questioned his evenhanded approach when it comes to political analysis. Matthews praised former Lt. Governor Michael Steele of Maryland when Steele was running for the United States Senate. Matthews has a brother named Jim that served as an elected Republican officeholder in Montgomery County. Chris was considering a bid of his own for the United States Senate as a Democrat before Arlen Specter switched political parties in 2010.

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Congressional reaction to military action

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For reaction from Congress on the military action in Iraq, Congressmen John Garamendi and Dana Rohrabacher join Chris Matthews.

Obama reluctant to return to war

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In his address to the nation the president did emphasize that he hopes in this case US involvement in Iraq will be of a limited nature. Kristen Welker and Ron Reagan join Chris Matthews to discuss Obama’s difficult de...

The motivations of ISIS

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ISIS have quickly swept across vast regions of Iraq, but who are they and what do they want? Brian Katulis and Kevin Sutcliffe join Chris Matthews to discuss.

US reviving involvement in Iraq?

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Retired Army General Barry McCaffrey and Wes Moore join Chris Matthews to discuss whether or not it’s possible to have a limited involvement in the Iraqi crisis.

After airstrikes, what’s next in Iraq?

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Andrea Mitchell, Michael Leiter and Eugene Robinson join Chris Matthews to talk about possible US strategies in Iraq following limited airstrikes today.

The obvious compromise on immigration

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Chris Matthews finishes the show by warning President Obama against executive action on immigration, and talks about what compromises are still available.

Obamacare fading as a campaign issue?

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Obamacare - the law that Republicans have made it their mission to smear, defund, weaken, destroy and repeal - is working. Steve Beshear and Joan Walsh join to discuss the changing politics of the health care law.

ISIS is a ‘nightmarish vision from hell’

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Andrea Mitchell, Howard Fineman and Bobby Ghosh discuss the nature of the terror group ISIS and whether American involvement can be limited.

The consequences of airstrikes in Iraq

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Andrea Mitchell and Howard Fineman join Chris Matthews to discuss the consequences of military involvement in the latest Iraqi humanitarian crisis.

US launches humanitarian mission in Iraq

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Kristen Welker and Michael O’Hanlon join Chris Matthew to discuss the latest in the ongoing Iraqi crisis – and what the Obama administration may do about it.

Matthews takes on the minimum wage

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Chris Matthews finishes the show explaining why America should raise its minimum wage.

Activists challenge pols to live on minimum wage

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A group of progressive activists and scholars recently challenged politicians and the public to live for a week on the budget of an average minimum wage worker. Governor Ted Strickland joins Chris Matthews to discuss.

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