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Future looks gloomy for Bush and friends

08/29/07 07:52PM

In a new segment, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top five political headlines.  John Edwards, the dude with the hot-ticket haircuts, now wants the rest of us to cool it on expensive cars. "No more SUVs," he says, the minute he chugs into the presidency. Based on the latest polls, you won't have to hide your Suburban in the garage. read more

Dirty politics all around

08/28/07 09:18PM

by Chris Matthews, on Tuesday's broadcastSen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, the cultural warrior of the right stands naked tonight exposed as both a sexual deviant and a world-class hypocrite.  A crusader against gay marriage, gay civil unions and gays in the military, he faces his country, his party and his people as having solicited sex in an airport men’s bathroom.Sen. Craig is also not just a representative of a conservative state but he’s a strong voice for the conservative presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Craig appeared in a video for his role as a Mitt Romney campaign leader. read more

How much time did Giuliani actually spend at Ground Zero?

08/17/07 08:13PM

In a new segment, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top political headlines. Rudy’s time at Ground Zero under scrutinyRudy Giuliani is facing tough scrutiny for equating his 9/11 experience to those of the 9/11 rescuer workers. On at least three occasions, Giuliani has said that he faced comparable risk and similar hours. His mayoral archive  tells a different story: from mid-September to December of 2001, he spent roughly 29 hours at the site. Rescue workers at the time were regularly putting in 12 hours a day. read more

McCain receives death threats over his approach to illegal immigration

08/16/07 08:04PM

In a new segment, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top political headlines.  McCain getting death threatsJohn McCain says he's getting death threats from people who don't like his liberal approach to illegal immigration. "I have never seen an issue that has inflamed the passions of the American people the way the issue of immigration reform has ever  including Iraq. I have never heard such rhetoric. We have never received death threats before ... like I received," McCain said. read more

In Romney we trust?

08/15/07 07:42PM

In a new segment, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top five political headlines.  Romney’s blind trust"The Boston Globe,"Mitt Romney's hometown paper, reports that despite Romney's new pro-life policy stance, he invests personal money in two companies involved with embryonic stem cell research. Romney notes that his money is in a blind trust, but when Ted Kennedy used the "blind-trust defense" in 1994, Romney called it a "ruse." Plain and simple - a trick.Obama under fireNext, Mitt Romney is waging new attacks on Barack Obama for saying the U.S. read more

In the dog days of summer, a horserace heats up

08/14/07 07:34PM

In a new segment, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top headlines.  Hillary Clinton – all sealed up?Hillary Clinton is running for president based on her service and experience in the Clinton White House. But how can we judge it if we don't have access to the records? Hillary has successfully sealed off millions of pages from her time in the White House, denying reporters and historians’ information about meetings she held and attended. read more

Rove resigns - where will he go next?

08/13/07 08:12PM

In a new segment, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top headlines.  It's the end of an era in WashingtonKarl Rove, the President's most trusted adviser has resigned effective August 31.  Rove's a political warrior who played politics like a blood sport and the big question today is where will he go next?  Will he work on the 2008 campaign?  Will Rove continue to be a ramrod in Republican politics?  He won't talk to Congress but odds are that he'll be out on the lucrative lecture circuit.  So if you want to hear what Rove has to say, you might just have to pay to hear h read more

Is Romney buying himself into the race?

08/10/07 07:51PM

In a new segment, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top headlines.  Is Iowa for sale?Mitt Romney is outspending everyone but with Rudy, McCain and Thompson not in the race, will he get what he paid for?  Is this a "shake-down" as Rudy calls it?  Is Romney buying himself into the race?  Here's what Romney's spending to win:  between $500 and $1,000 a month for 60 "super volunteers," over $2 million in TV ads, $200,000 goes to a consultant who is running the whole thing and he's leasing a whole fleet of buses to ship the voters in.  But will the straw poll serve to whitt read more

Media coverage of '08 race isn't 'too early' after all

08/09/07 08:12PM

In a new segment, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day's top headlines.  A Christmas primary?The South Carolina Republican Party wants to move its primary to January 19th.  In Iowa,  the state law requires its Caucuses be held at least eight days before any other voting.  And New Hampshire is compelled to set the date of its primary at least a week before any other primary.  So do the math.  If South Carolina gets what they want and forces the other states to follow, you could see the first votes cast in December, making this campaign the earliest in history.  So for all th read more

On site for the AFL-CIO forum

08/08/07 12:17AM

Over 10,000 union members came together Tuesday night when the Democratic contenders faced off at the AFL-CIO Presidential Candidates Forum, moderated by msnbc's Keith Olbermann.  A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NC) decisively leads the Democratic pack as the choice of nearly half of those polled.  With campaign dollars and the vital labor vote at stake, did Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and John Edwards come out swinging?  Hardball's post-show has all the action live from Chicago's Soldier Field. read more

Politics of tragedy

08/02/07 11:06PM

Earlier on Wednesday – a few hours before the 35W bridge in Minnesota collapsed -- Senators Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Chuck Hagel R-Neb.) introduced legislation to fix America’s road, bridges, water, and transit systems.  According to the senators, the National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2007 would help revitalize America’s infrastructure.  “The 21st century holds great promise for our nation.  But you can’t journey to a brighter tomorrow by relying on yesterday’s infrastructure,” said Dodd when he announced the bill.Both senators were on Hardball Thursday in light of the recent tragedy.“Look, read more

Vide08: Another anti-Hillary video

07/26/07 05:30PM

Another anti-Clinton YouTube is making the rounds, pointing out the possible 28 years of Bush-Clinton rule - in addition to bids by Jeb, Chelsea, and then the Bush twins. “It’s time for a regime change,” the YouTube concludes. “Don’t vote Hillary.” read more

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