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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The historical value of the Nixon tapes

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With nearly 4 thousand hours of unedited audiotape in the public record, the Nixon tapes represent the largest record of primary source material of any U.S. President in American history. Douglas Brinkley joins to dis...

Let’s play Hardball Canada!

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In the Sideshow, “Funny or Die” creates a Canadian spoof of Hardball.

How far right is Joni Ernst?

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Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst's military career and folksy farm background was supposed to inoculate her from such problems. But the longer the campaign goes on, the less mainstream she appears. Joan Walsh join Chris ...

President Obama vs. the Republican Congress

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The war between President and Congress escalates. The question is not just who will win but what's this doing to the country. Chris Matthews has more with Jonathan Capehart and Robert Costa.

Midterm races heat up

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Nia-Malika Henderson and Amy Walter join Chris Matthews to discuss the midterm elections, and whether or not there will be surprises for Democrats or Republicans.

Hillary loses to…Darth Vader?

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In the Sideshow, Hillary Clinton explains why Darth Vader is currently polling at higher rating than all of the 2016 hopefuls.

Paul reaches out to African American voters

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On Friday, Rand Paul addressed the National Urban League Conference. Eugene Robinson and Michelle Bernard join Chris Matthews discuss.

Kornacki on Democrats’ long game

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Steve Kornacki finishes the show talking about what the Democrats need to do to win back the House of Representatives.

Are Obama’s policies working?

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Clarence Page and Beth Fouhy join Steve Kornacki to discuss the efficacy of Obama’s policies on the economy, the deficit and healthcare, and how Americans feel about them.

Poll: Majority of Republicans favor Obama impeachment

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Jonathan Capehart and Joe Watkins join Steve Kornacki to discuss a new poll that shows that attitudes towards Obama’s possible impeachment skew down party lines.

Mary Poppins quits

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In the Sideshow, Claire Underwood shows off her dance moves and Mary Poppins quits.

Sen. Jon Walsh gets caught plagiarizing

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Senator John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana behind in his race to keep his appointed seat, has just been caught for plagiarizing his master’s thesis. Joan Walsh and Sean Sullivan join to discuss.

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