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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Clinton addresses Benghazi criticisms in book

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Hillary Clinton has just blown the bugle on this front, making it boldly clear that she's ready to give punch-for-punch to any Republican who's out to deck her. David Corn and Jennifer Granholm discuss.

Obama accepts Shinseki’s resignation

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Jon Soltz and Beth Fouhy join Hardball to discuss a wild Friday in Washington that saw the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Matthews on the one thing we can never accept

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Chris Matthews responds to the horrific “honor killing” that has made international headlines out of Pakistan, and says the American people should speak up and let their outrage be heard.

Pakistani woman murdered in ‘honor killing’

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Bobby Ghosh and Irshad Manji join Hardball to discuss the news out of Pakistan that a pregnant woman was murdered on her way to a busy courthouse this week, where she was to take part in a fight with her family over a...

Mitch McConnell’s big Obamacare problem

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Sen. Mitch McConnell is beating the conservative drum with the standard line of wanting to destroy the Affordable Care Act – but it just so happens that his state is one of the states where Obamacare is working. Howar...

Critics hit Obama on foreign policy speech

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There is criticism from both sides of the aisle over President Obama’s big foreign policy speech this week, which was a strong rebuke of the hawkish worldview that dominated the country under his predecessor. Joan Wal...

Paul Ryan gets mistaken for Anthony Weiner

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Sideshow: Rep. Paul Ryan revealed recently that he’s been mistaken for Anthony Weiner twice in public, which he calls a “humbling moment.”

Will firing Shinseki solve VA scandal?

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What action is President Obama going to take to deal with the disaster at the VA? Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Sen. Bob Kerrey discuss.

New report confirms VA hospital allegations

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The Inspector General’s report on the VA scandal is out—and it’s bad for the administration. Will President Obama act? Chuck Todd and Derek Bennett join Hardball to discuss the news.

An end to the war in Afghanistan?

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Richard Engel and Eugene Robinson join Hardball to talk about President Obama’s announcement that he will end all military operations in Afghanistan by withdrawing all troops by the end of 2016.

De Blasio weighs in on NYC ferret ban

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Sideshow: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may yet again break with his predecessors—this time, on whether or not to lift the ban on keeping ferrets as household pets.

Raising the red flags of mental illness

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The tragic killings near Santa Barbara, Calif. have again sharpened the nation’s focus on gun violence and the places in which it intersects with mental illness. Patrick Kennedy and Linda Rosenberg discuss.

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