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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Sideshow: Talking Obama, the ACA…and Zulu

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Chris Matthews discusses his “off the cuff” appearance on “The Late Show” Wednesday night.

Obama says no to Social Security cuts

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President Obama is doing what critics have urged him to do for years: he’s saying what he wants. His new budget will say no to austerity and no to social security cuts. Richard Wolffe and Joy Reid discuss.

Behind the scenes of the Prop 8 fight

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Chris Matthews talks with attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson about their new book “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality,” which chronicles their fight and landmark victory in successfully overturning C...

Young Putin sighting in photo with Reagan?

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Sideshow: Is that Vladimir Putin in a 1988 photo with President Ronald Reagan? Maybe.

Obama: Boehner’s lawsuit is ‘a stunt’

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President Obama is not backing down over House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit without a fight. Joan Walsh and Michael Steele discuss.

New rules set to stifle Moral Monday protests

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First, the North Carolina legislature passed laws that would make voting difficult for Democratic-leaning groups. Now, they’ve passed a law to stifle protests. Myrna Perez discusses.

Matthews on the power of political satire

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Chris Matthews shares his thoughts about how Comedy Central is changing the political conversation.

Kornacki on life imitating art imitating life

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Steve Kornacki explains why Sen. Thad Cochran’s and Rep. Charlie Rangel’s primary victories were hollow victories, and uses the 1950s classic “The Last Hurrah” to explain why.

Kerry meets with Russian counterpart

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Former ambassador Michael McFaul and Howard Fineman discuss the latest developments between Russia and Ukraine, including Secretary John Kerry’s meeting Wednesday with his Russian counterpart.

Romney ‘slow jams’ the news

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Mike Huckabee’s remarks about women’s libidos didn’t get past Real Time host Bill Maher, and Mitt Romney ‘slow jammed’ the news with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.

Ted Cruz, Mike Lee take shopping trip

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Sideshow: What happens when Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee go shopping together? They buy a tiger-skin rug, apparently.

When Chris Matthews interviewed Mandela

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Back in 1994, on the eve of his presidential victory, Chris Matthews interviewed Nelson Mandela for ABC's Good Morning America, and asked him about America's role in stopping apartheid. Ron Dellums and Bill Keller joi...

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