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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Vampires invade Bush Presidential Library

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In the Sideshow, vampires invaded the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the latest episode of HBO's "True Blood."

Israel continues to shell Gaza

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Israel's shelling of Gaza from air and sea continued today and into the night. Martin Fletcher and Chuck Schumer join Chris Matthews to discuss.

Courts go to war over Obamacare

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Today, two US circuit courts of appeals went to war over President Obama's No. 1 legacy: healthcare. Jonathan Gruber and Joy Reid join Chris Matthews to discuss.

The one reason Hillary wouldn’t run

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Steve Kornacki finishes the show by exploring the one reason might keep Hillary Clinton from running for president again.

Do dems want Warren to run in 2016?

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Perry Bacon joins Steve Kornacki to discuss Democrats' desire for someone as progressive as Elizabeth Warren to run for higher office.

GOP hits Obama on ‘cowardly’ leadership

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It was less than 24 hours after the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 on Thursday that Republicans like John McCain started attacking President Obama's foreign policy. Jonathan Capehard and David Corn discuss.

John Oliver takes on prison reform

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In the Sideshow, Bill Maher predicts the political fallout from the Gaza conflict, and John Oliver gives his take on prison reform with some help from Sesame Street.

Bloodshed continues in Gaza

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The bloodshed in the middle east continued today with Israel pounding Gaza and Hamas launching a stream of rockets back into Israel. Michael Crowley and Richard Engel join Steve Kornacki to discuss.

Crash site becomes chaotic scene

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A scene of horror at the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash site descends into a scene of unspeakable chaos. Peter Baker and Howard Fineman join Steve Kornacki to discuss.

Social media and graphic images

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In the Washington Post today, Paul Farhi reflected on the use of social media in the aftermath of a tragedy like the downing of flight MH17. Fahri joins Steve Kornacki to discuss.

Plane crash hurts fight against AIDS

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Of the 298 victims on board flight MH17, many were scientists, researchers and activists headed to the "20th International AIDS Conference" in Melbourne, Australia. Kent Sepkowitz joins Steve Korniacki to discuss.

Politics in a time of tragedy

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Some Republican war hawks are using the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 to attack President Obama and call for an escalation in American forces overseas. Steve Kornacki discusses with David Corn.

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