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The cable news host also initially had some other ideas for a title for his seventh book: “I thought I was going to call it Donnybrook originally ... The Fighting Irish or something. But what was interesting about it was all the ways they were able to get along at the end of the fights.”

Matthews laughed as he told partygoers that his next writing might not be so political in nature. Referring to his wife, Kathleen, a former TV anchor in Washington, as “the queen,” he joked, “The next book might be about the queen. I’m not sure.”

Among those spotted at the packed book party: Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals Dems say they have 50 votes in Senate to overrule net neutrality repeal MORE (D-Mass.); Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.); MSNBC President Phil Griffin; former Republican National Committee Chairman and MSNBC analyst Michael Steele; newly engaged MSNBC host Alex Wagner with fiancé and White House chef Sam Kass; several members of O’Neill’s family, including daughters Susan and Rosemary O’Neill; MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell with husband Alan Greenspan; Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier; and WJLA anchor Gordon Peterson. 

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