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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‘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.

SCOTUS rules in favor of Hobby Lobby

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Lori Windham and Sandra Fluke join Hardball to debate the Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday that allows for-profit companies to opt-out of providing contraception coverage to their employees if it violates their religi...

Kornacki on the Clintons’ history with war

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Steve Kornacki discusses the difficult relationship with the subject of Iraq and war, and says that the Democrats may finally be done blaming anyone else but Bush and Cheney for the 2003 invasion.

Divide within GOP not fractures, but ‘chasms’

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Hardball guest host Steve Kornacki talks with Ryan Grim and Perry Bacon about the continual fracturing of the Republican Party as the establishment and tea party groups ramp up their attacks on one another.

Immigration reform a problem for GOP

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Will the Republican Party’s relationship with immigration reform haunt them in 2016 and continue to cost them votes for years to come? Frank Sharry and Rachel Smolkin discuss.

Cheney, Clinton continue political slugfest

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Michelle Bernard and Joe Watkins join Hardball to discuss the war of words being exchanged now between Dick Cheney and Bill Clinton over President Obama’s foreign policy record, the history of the Iraq War, and one an...

GOP candidate says opponent is a body double

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Sideshow: A candidate for Congress in Oklahoma is contesting the latest primary results because he says the winner is dead and posing as a body-double.

Obama hits back on GOP calls for impeachment

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It’s become clear this week that President Obama has had enough of the loud, endless calls to impeach him and undermine his authority. David Corn and Michael Scherer discuss.

Kornacki on what’s now driving the tea party

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Steve Kornacki explains why the Republican establishment’s win in Mississippi with Sen. Thad Cochran should be a warning sign: because if history is any indicator, the tea party now has more fuel for their fire.

Is the World Cup political?

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Every time soccer is said to be taking off here in America, some people seem to get upset – and now it’s taken on a political edge. Nate Scott and David Freddoso discuss.

The politics of the IRS scandal

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New polls indicate the IRS scandal is politically damaging, but will it affect President Obama’s credibility? Robert Costa and Alice Stewart discuss.

Tea party lashes out over Mississippi runoff

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Is Chris McDaniel and the tea party sore losers? Or do they have legitimate gripes about what happened in the Mississippi runoff? Phillip Dennis and John Feehery discuss.

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