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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Matthews on the problem with ‘war hawks’

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Chris Matthews responds to the war hawks on the right who seize on every world conflict, whatever the sides, to root for American engagement.

Boehner challenger loses teaching job

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Sideshow: The tea party-backed candidate challenging House Speaker John Boehner for his seat lost his teaching job at a small Christian university after a campaign ad he released mocking an erectile dysfunction medica...

Tea party PACs raise millions, spend little

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The Washington Post’s Matea Gold and the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman join Hardball to talk about the millions of dollars being brought into the tea party from supporters, but a new report reveals that only a smal...

Does institutional racism persist today?

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Chris Matthews talks with Dr. James Peterson and The Grio’s Perry Bacon about how the issue of racism remains present in society—from politics to sports.

Donald Sterling’s troubled history

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Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling is under fire for racially-charged remarks being attributed to him, but this isn’t the first time he’s been pulled into controversy. NBA Hall of Famer Dave Bing and atto...

Does Sterling’s political affiliation matter?

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Sideshow: Does it matter if Donald Sterling is a Democrat or a Republican? Some seem to think so.

LA Clippers owner stirs massive controversy

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NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and USA Today’s Sam Amick join Hardball to discuss the rapid fallout over the racially-charged remarks that are being attributed to Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling.

The He-Coon who changed Jeb Bush’s future

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Hardball guest host Steve Kornacki explains why it isn’t too surprising to hear that former President George H.W. Bush wants his son Jeb to run for president: because Jeb Bush was always meant to be his father’s polit...

Running on, not away, from Obamacare

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In what appears to be a shift in momentum, some Democrats are beginning to do what until now had been considered unthinkable: embrace the Affordable Care Act. Richard Wolffe and Stephanie Schriock discuss.

Boehner mocks GOP over immigration reform

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The fight between Republicans and Democrats over immigration reform is not over—and House Speaker John Boehner may be finding himself caught in the middle of it all. David Corn and Dana Milbank discuss.

Jeopardy contestants forget Herman Cain

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Sideshow: A recent Jeopardy clue left contestants stumped as nobody seemed to remember the one-time GOP hopeful, Herman Cain.

Bundy doubles down on controversial comments

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Michael Steele and Jonathan Capehart join Hardball to discuss the problem with supporting Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, and why conservatives who are supporting Bundy might want to think twice.

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