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10/21/11 09:17AM

Did Republican rising star Marco Rubio embellish his family history? He often says he's the son of exiles, and that they fled Castro, but the Washington Post discovered his parents actually fled Cuba two and a half years before Castro took power. How much will this hurt Rubio's chances of landing on the 2012 Republican ticket? Speaking of 2012 Republicans, Jon Huntsman plays Hardball tonight. read more

Matthews: Obama has done his duty

10/20/11 08:00PM

If the number one duty of an American president is to protect the country, Barack Obama is meeting his duty, calmly, resolutely, business-like.Consider the way he has gone about it. He has accomplished the mission that took us into Iraq. Bin Laden is gone. He has removed the operational leader of al-Qaeda, Anwar al-Awlaki. He has persisted to its conclusion his decision to keep Moammar Gadhafi from slaughtering people. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

10/20/11 05:08PM

Is the death of Moammar Khaddafy a validation of President Obama’s “leading from behind” war strategy? NBC Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and New York Magazine’s National Affairs Editor John Heilemann join us tonight. Plus, catch the Hardball Strategists, Todd Harris and Steve McMahon, for an update on the Perry v. Romney ad wars and how each party can embrace the Occupy Wall Street movement. Next up: Space Invaders! Who wins politically when debaters invade personal space? read more

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10/20/11 09:24AM

Qadhafi dead? Lots of reports this morning about the death of Libya's embattled leader... the U.S. government can't confirm... but we'll be tracking this story and looking at the political implications for President Obama, who backed the Libyan rebels early on and got a lot of heat from the right for doing so. Perry vs Romney. The top political story here at home is the escalating fight between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. read more

GOP race gets ugly

10/19/11 08:00PM

The Republican run to remove President Obama has gotten ugly - the candidates are now competing to destroy each other. Talk about bottom feeding.  Rick Perry going back into that old tired story about Mitt Romney having hired a lawn service that hired workers in the country illegally.  Is that what the decision to lead this country into the 21st century should be based upon?  This matter that has been gone over so much and to so little effect?  This fact without real consequence?They were not even arguing immigration.  If one of the two men was ready to go into the matter - instead of just jou read more