Chris Matthews; Mariusz Kwiecien on "Eugene Onegin; Soldiers at Home; Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian

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Mariusz Kwiecien as the title character of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." Taken on September 12, 2013, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Between the looming fiscal cliff, a government shutdown, and ideological differences, relationship between President Obama and the Speaker of the House John Boehner has been rocky for months. On today’s show: Hardball host Chris Matthews talks about how President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill worked together throughout the 1980s. Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien on singing the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Eugene Onegin.” David Finkel shares stories of being embedded with an infantry battalion in Iraq—and again when they returned home. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, suggests ways to use the power of the Web to do good in the world.