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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‘It’s time to move Arizona forward’

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Arizona State Sen. Anna Tovar joins Chris Hayes to share her reaction to Gov. Jan Brewer’s announcement that she will veto SB 1062.

‘Personhood’ a key issue in midterm elections

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Hardball guest host Joy Reid talks to Susan Page and Nia-Malika Henderson about the issue of ‘Personhood,’ and how Democrats will likely attack Republicans over the issue as the midterm election race heats up.

‘The whole world oughta be outraged’

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Anger over the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls continues to rise as U.S. leaders speak out against the atrocities. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Susan Collins join Hardball to discuss.

‘War on women’ message gets new take

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A Minnesota state representative recently told colleagues that supporting laws designed to protect women from discrimination in the workplace and address unfair pay makes women look like ‘whiners.’ Michelle Bernard an...

‘Bridgegate’ action figures appear in NJ

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Sideshow: Gift shops in the Garden State now contain a new item you can purchase for your souvenir collection: Chris Christie ‘Bridgegate’ action figures.

‘Just the beginning’ of Clinton 2016

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Bill Clinton may have just blown the starter’s whistle himself when he responded to the attacks on Hillary Clinton’s health. Joan Walsh and Ed Rendell discuss.

‘Kissing congressman’ to run for re-election

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Sideshow: Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister vowed he would not seek re-election this fall after being caught on camera kissing a staffer, but on Monday he changed his mind and said he would run in November.

‘Lawless Obama’ criticism continues

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Conservatives continue to balance two competing narratives about President Obama: one is that he’s a dictator, the other is that he’s weak and feckless. Alex Wagner and Dana Milbank discuss.

‘Libidos’? Did Huckabee miss the memo?

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Mike Huckabee’s comments on birth control and reproductive health aren’t falling on deaf ears. Female voters are listening.

‘Nerdprom’ through the ages

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Sideshow: C-SPAN compiled a video full of comedic highlights of the past White House Correspondents’ Dinner, also known as “nerdprom” for D.C.

‘Obama derangement syndrome: diplomatic edition’

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The State Department decided to move its embassy to the Vatican to another part of Rome, and some Republicans are up in arms about it. Chris Matthews has more with Melinda Henneberger and Charlie Sennott.

‘Pre-buttal’ begins on Clinton 2016

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There’s a preventing war being  waged on Hillary Clinton right now on every front, from Benghazi to Nigeria. Howard Fineman and Stephanie Schriock discuss.

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