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Coming up on Hardball...Frontrunner Newt!

12/06/11 04:13PM

Four weeks to Iowa…can he go the distance? A slew of new polls show Newt Gingrich leading the GOP field in Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida. But how long can he keep it up against Mitt Romney’s well-oiled, well-funded campaign machine? read more

Let Me Start...

12/06/11 09:12AM

President Obama heads to the red state of Kansas today to deliver a speech on the challenges facing America's middle class. The location is significant because the town the president is visiting - Osawatomie - is the same town where Teddy Roosevelt delivered his New Nationalism speech more than a hundred years ago. read more

The GOP clown show?

12/05/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with a question.How did the party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and General Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan descend into a diabolic clown show?  When did PT Barnum grab hold of the Tea Party and New York money and mix it into this Witch's Brew of a TV Debate headed up by Donald Trump? How did this clown show of Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich find itself with the Sorcerer's Apprentice as its Grand Ringmaster?  How did the King of the Birthers become the midwife of rightwing presidential politics? read more

Sandusky keeps talking

Sandusky keeps talking

12/05/11 07:00PM

Author Buzz Bissinger talks about the former Penn State coach’s latest interview and whether he’s gaining support as he tries to defend himself in the media. watch

Coming up on Hardball... The Ringleader Returns!

12/05/11 05:36PM

Has the GOP Clown Show’s ringleader returned? Donald Trump is back in the spotlight after announcing his upcoming debate and meeting with Newt today. But as his interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd shows, he hasn’t dropped the Birther issue or his own presidential aspirations. He’s our top story tonight, with msnbc Political Analysts David Corn and Howard Fineman. Who’s the easier target to run against in 2012? Would the White House rather face Mitt or Newt? We’re talking 2012 Democratic Strategy tonight with the leader of the pack, DNC Chair Rep. read more

Donald Trump Republican reality show continues

12/02/11 08:00PM

by Hardball guest host Michael Smerconish  I interviewed Jim Lehrer on my radio program recently.  He just released a book called “Tension City,” highlighting his having moderated 11 presidential and vice presidential debates. Lehrer's a quality journalist.  It's no wonder he would be asked to repeat that role so often. Today, however, it was announced that Donald Trump will moderate an upcoming GOP debate.   The juxtaposition of Lehrer and Trump is illustrative of what this process has become.  It's a reality show.   The stakes for the country could not be higher. read more