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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Christians persecuted in Iraq

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James Zogby and Bill O’Keefe joins Chris Matthews to discuss a story from Iraq you may not have heard much about: the persecution of *Christians* at the hands of Islamic extremists.

Darth Vader for president?

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In the Sideshow, Mayor Rob Ford begins his re-election campaign and Nate Silver compares the favorability ratings of 2016 hopefuls to Darth Vader.

Rubio plays the victim on marriage equality

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Howard Dean and Michael Steele join Chris Matthews to discuss the claim by Marco Rubio that those who support “traditional marriage” have been victimized.

Why Ohio is ground zero for voting rights

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Ohio Democratic State Rep. Alicia Reese is calling for a constitutional amendment to protect access to the ballot box in her state. Reese speaks to Chris Matthews about how the voter laws affect African Americans and ...

Matthews: Bizarre propaganda swirling on MH17

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Chris Matthews talks about the “blast of unreality” coming from the separatist territory in Ukraine about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Will Europe support sanctions on Russia?

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NBC News reports that Russia is still providing military equipment to rebels in Ukraine. While Senators urge President Obama to impose harsher sanctions on Russia, in Europe, sanctions are a tough sell. Former Amb. To...

Sarah Palin ticketed for speeding

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Sideshow: Sarah Palin was pulled over for speeding last week in her hometown, but told TMZ she “wasn’t speeding” but “qualifying.”

Can Democrats turn Georgia blue in 2014?

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Demographic changes in Georgia have made the state the Democrats’ best hope for a Senate pick-up this midterm. Republican strategist John Feehery and The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson discuss with Chris Matthews.

Republicans rooting for Obama’s failure?

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Whether it’s Obamacare, immigration reform, or background checks for guns, Republicans seem to be blocking all of President Obama’s efforts. The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky and Mother Jones’ David Corn join to discuss.

Matthews on Perry’s performance art

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Chris Matthews finishes the show talking about Rick Perry's political posturing at the border.

President Obama vs. Vladimir Putin

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Michael Weiss and Joan Walsh join Chris Matthews to discuss the growing tension between Obama and Putin.

Perry orders national guard to border

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Lloyd Doggett and Wayne Slater join Chris Matthews to discuss Rick Perry's announcement that he's ordered a thousand national guard troops to the border with Mexico, in an operation that will cost 12 million dollars ...

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