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Hardball Plaza is back in action!

07/23/07 06:28PM

Get ready for Super Tuesday.  It's  all-day coverage of the '08 issues that matter to you and your family, only on msnbc. Join NBC's Tim Russert, Andrea Mitchell, Ann Curry, Chip Reid, Natalie Morales, and msnbc's Chris Jansing, Amy Robach, Joe Scarborough, Tucker Carlson, and of course, Chris Matthews to find out who's ready to be the next president. We're putting the contenders in the hot seat, including Sen. Sam Brownback, Gov. Tommy Thompson, Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Chris Dodd, and Gov. Mike Huckabee. read more

Hardball's campaign ad challenge is still open!

07/20/07 08:53PM

Don't worry, it isn't too late! Make your own campaign ad about your favorite presidential candidate or the candidate you like the least.  We'll play the best videos on "Hardball."Upload your ad here. Our panel of all-star judges will select the winner in August. Click here to learn more.   read more

Hott 4 Hill

07/16/07 08:31PM

Inspired by the success of Obama Girl and Giuliani Girl, actress Taryn Southern has created her own viral political video, Hott 4 Hill: She explained her reasons for making the video on Monday's Hardball (video) and also on her blog.If you think you've got what it takes to make a better political video than Hott 4 Hill, sign up for Hardball's Campaign Ad Challenge.   read more

Can an attack video sink Giuliani's presidential plan?

07/11/07 10:17PM

The International Association of Fire Fighters released a video this afternoon charging Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani with 9/11 leadership failures while he was mayor that they say led to the deaths of firefighters.  (Click here to go to the IAFF site and see the video). read more

What happened in the McCain campaign?

07/10/07 07:57PM

It's been an exciting Super Tuesday on msnbc. According to YOU, via an unofficial unscientific online poll, Iraq is the issue of the day. Your votes tell us Iraq will weigh most heavily in deciding your vote in the 2008 presidential election.Could John McCain, its most ardent advocate, become the war's first political casualty?Today, the former 2008 frontrunner announced the resignations of both his campaign manager and longtime chief strategist. read more

Vide08: TV ads on Iraq targeting GOP senators

07/10/07 12:29PM

As Chuck Todd reported yesterday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going up today with TV ads on Iraq targeting GOP senators up for re-election in 2008, including GOP leader Mitch McConnell (in Kentucky), Norm Coleman (in Minnesota), John Sununu (in New Hampshire), and Susan Collins (in Maine). Today, the DSCC has finally confirmed these TV ads to NBC, and below is a script of one of these ads, which the Political Unit is efforting. You can also click here to view the ad. Click here to watch what was on Hardball Tuesday. read more

Matthews: Washington feels the heat

07/09/07 10:14PM

(Chris Matthews, on Monday's show)Well, it's hot in Washington today -- and it not the humidity, it's the heat.  And a lot of the heat is this war, this war the country doesn't want anymore.What we're seeing and feeling in the country's Capitol tonight is the sound and sight and temperature of the fifth summer of a war in Iraq -- a war the American people backed, according to the polls back then, as long as it wouldn't produce significant casualties. read more

Vide08: 'Americans United for Change'

07/09/07 08:45PM

It’s time now for Vide08, our daily look at the most talked-about political videos.  Take a look at this ad from the left-leaning group “Americans United for Change,” which goes after vulnerable Republican Senator Norm Coleman. read more

'CIA leak saga': An intramural struggle within the U.S. government over Iraq

07/05/07 08:06PM

The president’s decision to commute Scooter Libby’s prison sentence gives us a chance to look at this whole “CIA leak saga” for what it is: an intramural struggle within the U.S. government over the Iraq war. That struggle pitted the career officers in the CIA, who opposed sending the American army into Iraq against the White House hawks centered in the vice president’s office who had set their hearts on taking out Saddam Hussein. The first round in this struggle clearly went to Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff Scooter Libby. read more

On Libby: Republican inconsistency and the true tragedy

07/03/07 12:53AM

Chris Matthews, who was taking the day off today, called into the 7 p.m. edition of Hardball to react to the breaking news of Pres. Bush commuting Scooter Libby's 2 1/2 year-prison sentence.“I’m not surprised,” he told msnbc’s David Shuster.“I’ve been saying for weeks I thought the president would pardon him. read more

Behind the scenes of the third Democratic debate

06/29/07 10:48PM

(From Kelly Haddad, Hardball intern)It was the 3rd Democratic presidential debate, the All-American Presidential Forums at Howard University.  Clinton, Biden, Richardson, Edwards, Obama, Kucinich, Gravel, and Dodd were all there.  The introduction of the journalist panel looked little like a criminal lineup between the dark lighting and their frozen faces. But from the media-filing center we could see the debate audience trying to hold on to their Tavis Smiley books and get ready for all the action. read more

Hardball Plaza: Provocative, unedited and hot in every way

06/29/07 10:36PM

Christopher Hitchens and the Rev. Al Sharpton were in the Plaza hot seats on Thursday (video).  Before the shows, Ann Coulter and Al Sharpton stayed inside to keep cool in anticipation of the heat they would face outside, while Hitchens was busy with a last-minute podcast at Johnny’s restaurant in the Plaza. read more

Vide08: A holiday treat from the guys at Jib Jab

06/29/07 06:54PM

UPDATE: We had to bump this segment for breaking news, but we hope you enjoy this amusing video anyway.  Be sure to check back next week for more must-see Vide08!On Hardball, we're bringing you the hottest, most talked-about videos from the 2008 campaign. Tonight, as we roll into the July fourth holiday next week, we thought we'd have a little fun. Here's a holiday treat from the guys at Jib Jab. read more

Ann Coulter calls 'Hardball' appearance a 'mistake'

06/29/07 05:23PM

Ann Coulter wrote about her Tuesday 'Hardball' appearance in her latest column. "The Edwards campaign is apparently still running low on donations, so this week they went back to their top fundraiser: me.""I think I may have tuned out at some point, so I can only speak to the first 45 minutes of Elizabeth Edwards' harangue, but it mostly consisted of utterly dishonest renditions of things I had said on my "Good Morning America" interview this week and a column I wrote four years ago. read more