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Is the wind at Obama's back?

Is the wind at Obama's back?

10/26/11 08:00PM

Chris Matthews talks to former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt about whether President Obama is starting to get the wind at his back again. watch

Top earners' income skyrockets

Top earners' income skyrockets

10/26/11 08:00PM

Chris Matthews talks to the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza and former White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki about the new government report that the income for the nation's top earners has increased 275 percent over the past decade. watch

Perry backs away from birther comments

Perry backs away from birther comments

10/26/11 08:00PM

Some of the leaders in the Republican Party are warning Rick Perry to lay off the birther message. Chris Matthews talks to former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown and MSNBC Political Analyst Michael Eric Dyson. watch

On Hardball tonight: Is the wind at Obama's back?

10/26/11 06:23PM

For the first time in months, President Obama may finally be getting the wind at his back politically. Chris talks to former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt about the president's improving fortunes.Watch Hardball at 7 p.m. ET. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

10/26/11 05:58PM

Are the tides turning for President Obama's re-election prospects? A new poll out today shows his strength in Ohio. Fmr. Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) and Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt will weigh in.  The rich get richer! A Congressional Budget Office study shows truth to the old adage. We'll talk it over with msnbc Political Analyst Chris Cillizza and Fmr. Deputy White House Communications Director Jen Psaki.  Rick Perry breathed new life into the birther movement, but now two prominent Republicans, Jeb Bush and Haley Barbour, are asking him to quiet down because it's not helping the party. read more

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

'Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero'

10/26/11 11:16AM

Read an excerpt from Chris Matthews’ latest book.Chapter One: Second Son "History made him, this lonely, sick boy. His mother never loved him. History made Jack, this little boy reading history."—Jacqueline Kennedy, November 29, 1963, from notes scribbled by Theodore H. WhiteCertain things come with the territory. Jack Kennedy, born in 1917 in the spring of the next-to-last year of World War I, was the second son of nine children. That's important to know. The first son is expected to be what the parents are looking for. Realizing that notion early, he becomes their ally. read more

Let Me Start...

10/26/11 08:59AM

President Obama's winning strategy on the economy? The President is in Denver -- pushing a plan to help lower income college graduates pay down their student loans. And like Monday's push on foreclosure relief, the President is moving without Congress. Again, this is more about politics than policy -- it gives him a chance to paint the Republican Congress as a do-nothing bunch who's looking out for the wealthy. read more

Is Herman Cain serious?

Is Herman Cain serious?

10/25/11 08:00PM

A new campaign video has people once again wondering whether the Republican frontrunner is really serious. Chris talks to Politico's John Harris and the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson. watch

Too far right?

Too far right?

10/25/11 08:00PM

Sideshow: Televangelist Pat Robertson says the Republican presidential field has gotten too extreme to win. watch

Keeping America safe

Keeping America safe

10/25/11 08:00PM

Chris asks Politico's Roger Simon and NBC News Terrorism Analyst Evan Kohlmann why President Obama doesn't get more credit for keeping us safe. watch

Matthews: What is wrong with the GOP?

10/25/11 08:00PM

You have to wonder what's going on in the Republican Party this season.If it were a regular Republican year, we'd have the party falling for a presidential candidate by now.  They'd have a favorite and they'd be getting ready to run him against the Democratic incumbent.  This would especially be the case when the man in the White House looks to be vulnerable.It's not happening. What we're seeing now is not the normal Republican situation where you have a candidate gaining strength.  We're seeing the opposite.  We have a moderate Republican - Mitt Romney - sitting on about a quarter of the vote read more

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