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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Why we should legalize prostitution

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Eliot Spitzer 'violated the law and that wasn't right….. but we should have an adult conversation about the laws he violated,' says Michael Smerconish.

WATCH: How Bin Laden escaped capture for nearly a decade

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A new inside report details the decade leading up to finding and killing Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Among the revelations? When he went outside, Bin Laden often wore a cowboy hat to avoid aerial detection.

It’s not how much we’re eating, it’s what we’re eating

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Word came this week that the U.S. is no longer the most obese nation. That distinction now belongs to Mexico, but the U.S. isn't far behind.

Wal-Mart threatens to ditch D.C. expansion if minimum wage raised

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Wal-Mart is the largest employer in the country and earned $17 billion in profits in 2012. Should they be forced to pay their employees a higher wage?

D.C. mayor should veto city’s ‘living wage’ bill

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'The solution is not for government to single out an American business, any American business, for punitive treatment,' says Hardball guest host Michael Smerconish.

Americans can ‘make this a better country for the Trayvon Martins who still live’

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"We can decide on all kinds of matters of social justice and economic fairness, all kinds of ways to make this a better country, a fairer country, a more reasonable country where the laws favor less violence, not more...

Issa to Cummings at testy IRS hearing: You’re acting like a ‘little boy’

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The Republican later apologized, saying it was simply an “expression I grew up with” and “It’s about being a child and nothing else.”

‘Scales of justice’ must be weighed for victim and defendent

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"There is nothing colder than to pretend that the purpose of the law, the emotions of a jury, should only be swayed by the punishment facing the accused," says Chris Matthews.

Sideshow: Benghazi, beer and a big beard

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Sam Waterston plays a bad “source” on “Colbert,” and a Koch-sponsored anti-ACA group plies college students with pizza and beer pong.

Christie’s trouble within the GOP

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Gov. Chris Christie is having difficulty finding his footing within his own party as a potential 2016 contender. Michael Steele and Joan Walsh discuss.

Tea Partiers should ‘put up or shut up’

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The panel discusses why the Tea Party should either come up with a healthcare solution, or quit their bellyaching over Obamacare.

Caring for poor: Not just a ‘liberal’ thing

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Let Me Finish: Chris Matthews discusses Sarah Palin’s remark that the Pope sounds “kind of liberal.”

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