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When David Axelrod, Mike Murphy and Robert Gibbs get together to talk politics, it’s not academic. They speak from the perspective gained through hundreds of campaigns for offices from City Hall to the White House. So if you want to know what’s really going on behind the scenes, where strategic decisions are being made, pull up a stool for Hacks on Tap. Incisive, sometimes uproarious and always entertaining, these political warhorses and their guests will give you insights you’ll only get from folks who have spent a lifetime in the political trenches of both parties. 
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Charlie Sykes, Editor at Large of The Bulwark, host of the Bulwark Podcast, and author of “How the Right Lost Its Mind” joined Gibbs and an optimistic Murphy to discuss the overtime infrastructure talks, Senator Manchin and good faith negotiations, Trump’s return to the campaign trail, and what this all means for the 2022 midterms.
Jonathan Martin, a national political correspondent for The New York Times, joins Axe and Gibbs to discuss the make or break moment for infrastructure talks, whether a bill to restrict voting in Texas will reinvigorate the voting rights debate in the Senate, and why 2021 might be the best of times and the worst of times for progressives. Plus, the Hacks discussion Jonathan’s reporting on how races in New Mexico and Arkansas are test cases for both parties ahead of the midterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Axe and Murphy to discuss the latest twists and turns in the negotiations over infrastructure spending and Biden’s agenda more broadly, the continued GOP infighting, and whether foreign policy—and the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas—will be a priority for voters in the 2022 midterm elections. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Former Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock joins Axe and Murphy to discuss what lies ahead for the GOP after Rep. Liz Cheney’s removal from House leadership, the likelihood that a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack will be established, the politics of unmasking, and how the Supreme Court’s decision to hear an abortion case could impact the midterm elections. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Democratic pollster and strategist Mark Mellman joins Gibbs and Murphy to discuss the impending removal of Rep. Liz Cheney from House Republican leadership, what her likely departure says about internal GOP dynamics, the latest wave of controversial voting laws, and Biden’s proposed tax increase and what it portends for the midterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush and current Fox News contributor and Wall Street Journal columnist, joins Axe and Gibbs to discuss the latest GOP infighting and Trump’s continued influence on the party, how redistricting will impact the 2022 midterms and beyond, and whether a bipartisan agreement on anything from infrastructure to immigration can be reached in Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Welcome to Fate of Fact

Welcome to Fate of Fact

2021-05-0304:591

Welcome to a new audio documentary, Fate of Fact, a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham studio. Throughout the course of five episodes in season one, Pulitzer-Prize winning and best-selling historian, Jon Meacham and esteemed guests, will explore the question of how fear conquered truth, the history and origins of the strong grip misinformation and disinformation have on our politics , and how we got here today. Meacham will trace the roots of America’s prevailing culture of polarization, with an emphasis on why the right has chosen to break with a governing consensus that, however imperfect, was once embodied by the figurative conversation between Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Fate of Fact offers a historically grounded perspective on the forces that led to the presidency of Donald Trump and the insurrection of January 6—an attack on the Capitol and on democracy as grave as any American moment since the Civil War. ​ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
America on the Move

America on the Move

2021-04-2901:04:236

Axe, Murphy, and Gibbs convene for a special late-night edition of Hacks on Tap after Biden’s first address to Congress. The Hacks discuss Biden’s ambitious agenda as he marks 100 days in office, Sen. Tim Scott’s rebuttal, the forthcoming “battle of definition,” and whether the president’s case for democracy will prevail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page joins Axe and Murphy to discuss Walter Mondale’s legacy, the ongoing negotiations around Biden’s infrastructure proposal, the politics of gun control, and their assessment of Biden’s first 100 days. Plus, the Hacks talk about Susan’s new biography of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Gibbs and Murphy are joined this week by Mark McKinnon, executive producer and co-host of Showtime’s The Circus. The Hacks discuss the messaging opportunities and challenges ahead for both parties when it comes to Biden’s infrastructure plan, the tragic police shooting in Minnesota, and the GOP pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Former Texas Congressman Will Hurd joins Axe and Gibbs this week to discuss the battle over the shape and size of Biden’s infrastructure bill, Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new controversial voting law, and the political influence of corporate America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
wJournalist and CNN senior political analyst Ron Brownstein joins Axe and Murphy to discuss how the politicization of the pandemic will impact elections in ’22 and ’24, the messaging opportunities and challenges ahead for Biden around his economic plan, and the ongoing fight over voting rights. Plus, the Hacks dive into Brownstein’s new book Rock Me on the Water: 1974 — The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Veteran Republican pollster and strategist Tony Fabrizio, who served as Trump’s chief pollster in ’16 and ’20, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss his analysis of the five “tribes” that make up the current Republican Party and what it says about the power Trump holds over the GOP. Plus, in the wake of the second mass shooting in less than a week, the Hacks discuss the politics of gun control and whether or not Congress will advance any new legislation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Former Missouri Senator and current NBC & MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill joins Axe and Gibbs to discuss how President Biden’s recovery plan will impact the 2022 midterm elections, the politics of the southern border and immigration reform, the great press conference scandal of 2021, and how we can begin to heal some of our political divides. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Axe and Murphy to discuss the passage of the COVID relief bill in the Senate, the ongoing debate about filibuster reform, and the fight around voting rights. Plus, the Hacks dive into the latest GOP infighting and offer advice about how to effectively communicate policy wins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This week, Axe and Murphy are joined by Scott Jennings, a GOP strategist, conservative columnist, and CNN commentator. In the wake of Trump’s first public appearance since leaving office, the Hacks discuss the divisions in the Republican Party, the challenges of governing vs campaigning, and the allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Brad Woodhouse, executive director of Protect Our Care and senior advisor to the DNC, joins Gibbs and Murphy to discuss Ted Cruz’s jaunt to Cancun, the politics surrounding the nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, and how much air time – if any – Trump’s upcoming speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference should receive. Plus, the Hacks pick Brad’s brain about what to expect in the 2022 midterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss the historic second impeachment trial of former President Trump and what the Senate’s acquittal means for the future of the GOP. They also analyze some of the early jockeying for the top of the Republican ticket in 2024 and the latest on Biden’s stimulus negotiations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Every weekday morning, The Daily Punch brings you inside Capitol Hill, the White House and Washington for an unfiltered look at the key players and stakes of all major issues of the day. People. Power. Politics. Hosted by Punchbowl News founders, journalists, and best-selling authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman. Powered by Punchbowl News. Produced by Cadence13. ​ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Axe and Murphy are joined by Amanda Carpenter, a CNN contributor and political columnist for the Bulwark. With the second impeachment trial of former President Trump looming large, the Hacks discuss Trump’s continued grip on the GOP, the dynamics at play within the Republican Party, and the appetite for bipartisanship in Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (39)

Eliza Howarth

great podcast!!!!

Feb 9th
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Sasha Lyn

Thanks for the breakdown as to just how much 1.9 trillion is. NEVER do you hear this kind of analysis when it comes to tax cuts for the wealthy or disaster relief so frankly 8t comes across in bad faith.

Jan 27th
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Mary Lentz

great show

Jan 8th
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Ed Potter

I don't think anyone is buying Murphy's line about giving in to get along with the GOP! BEEN there time and again over the last 40 years. Nothing explains the Republican party accepting the abuse heaped upon us but hatred of US. They have betrayed US. They are cancerous. The president installs a bunch of goons in the Defence department on the last months of his 'administration' for no good reasons anyone can think of. The frog is boiling, it's eyes are bulging out. I ask (God) often, "What did we do to deserve this?"

Dec 18th
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Eliza Howarth

thanks, hacks! other political podcasts have an ax to grind, but you guys are brutally honest & equal opportunity b.s. callers.

Dec 17th
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Sasha Lyn

When the democratic congress passed a relief bill in May and have only lowered the amounts.. four times? - to an amount that is frankly shamfullnandbineffective (what is anyone going to do with a one-time 1200$?!) When McConnell has only acted as an obstructionist or protector of corporatebdonors and insists on waiving corporate liability in litigation from workers harmed after being forced to work in unsafe COVID conditions (like meat packers working on top of one another) When these details are not mentioned and you speak of Pelosi 'playing games' and ' one must comprise'...When your conversation mentions none of this, you sound trivial and entitled and elitist. No one who has befallen on hardboiled and is educated professes Republican ideals.

Dec 16th
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Emily Elstad

Ok, I have got to ask... What the heck does "go all League of Women Voters on you" mean???

Nov 22nd
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Darcie Harris

My hope is that one of Biden's first appointments is a clinical psychologist who is an expert in how to extract people from cults!

Nov 13th
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Eliza Howarth

GOP and Dems outrageously, bluntly, expertly observed.

Oct 23rd
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Eliza Howarth

No better political dialogue anywhere than on this podcast.

Oct 23rd
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Kurt Gillon

as of late I have been thinking, it sure would be nice to get some introspective and wit for the late, great, Charles Krauthammer right about now.

Oct 13th
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Tim Lawrence

l Hi

Oct 8th
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Darcie Harris

Chris Wallace should be fired. If he were in the military he would be charged with dereliction of duty.

Sep 30th
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Dore Sutton

Love this podcast. Never miss a episode. Keep up the awesome work Hackaroos.

Sep 24th
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Jimbo Jett

Thanks guys - this helped calm my nerves. There's been so much cautionary commentary the past week or two about trump's very realistic chance of eking out another win that I started feeling disheartened. (I also live in a VERY vocal pro-trump county.) This and Axe's guest spot on Al Franken's podcast helps bring the fuller picture back in focus.

Sep 4th
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Richard Thornton

Joe is supposed to care about people, true, but according to Trump supporters or possible supporters, Joe should only care about white people, or otherwise, unlike Trump, he’s soft on crime. What a bunch of bullshit.

Aug 31st
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Paul Haken

Surprised that you are suggesting that Kamala moderates her "tone." This sounds like something my father might say about a strong charismatic woman. I'm confident that Kamala is smart enough to be a bright star on the Biden ticket and will make him look good. Biden is smart and not worried about being out shined. Our vibrant American young culture is ready for this, as are older people who are secure in themseves.

Aug 15th
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Dore Sutton

love this podcast. David and Michael are awesome and the guests are excellent.

Aug 14th
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Darcie Harris

Alex Wagner, I'd like you to know that Joe Biden was definitely my first choice!

Aug 5th
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Marilyn Teague

I always like Tuesdays cause I know it's Hacks on Tap!

Jul 29th
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