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Hacks on Tap with David Axelrod and Mike Murphy

Author: David Axelrod

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Throughout the 2020 presidential campaign, battle-tested operatives will be sitting on bar stools along the trail, sharing war stories and unique, sometimes uproarious cuts on the latest developments. Hacks on Tap is your invitation to join two of the best. Campaign veterans Axelrod and Murphy will take listeners deep inside the top level of American politics. These seasoned pros have seen it all: the peaks and valleys, the pressure-cooker moments, the huge breaks and the horrible calamities no one saw coming. Who better to narrate this momentous race? So pull up a stool and join us!

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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
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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
Former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, host of The Hot Dish podcast and co-founder and chair of the One Country Project, joins Axe and Gibbs to discuss the politics and strategy behind the COVID relief package negotiations, the intraparty tension over conspiracy theorists in the Republican party, and what Democrats must do to win back voters in red districts.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
50+1 Fun

50+1 Fun

2021-01-2601:02:427

For the 100th episode of Hacks on Tap, Gibbs and Murphy discuss the political dynamics surrounding Biden’s proposed economic plan, the inner workings of a narrowly divided Senate, and the upcoming impeachment trial of Donald Trump and what it portends for the midterm elections and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

2021-01-2147:395

A few hours after Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States, Axe, Murphy, and Gibbs convened to recap the historic day. The Hacks reflect on President Biden’s inaugural address, bask in the return to normalcy, and discuss the challenges that lie ahead for our new commander-in-chief.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Axe and Murphy for the final Hacks of the Trump presidency. With unprecedented security measures in place in the nation’s capital, the Hacks discuss the message Joe Biden should convey in his inaugural address, how he should approach his first 100 days in office, the timing of the pending impeachment trial, and Trump’s last second pardon spree.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Axe and Murphy sit down with the one and only John Heilemann to try to make sense of this moment. The Hacks discuss some of the dynamics that contributed to the insurrection, the politics of a second impeachment trial, and Trump’s unwillingness to accept any responsibility for the mob he helped incite. But, it’s not all doom and gloom: The Hacks also discuss the rounding out of Biden’s cabinet, including the one and only Gov. Gina Raimondo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Axe, Gibbs, and Murphy sit down at the end of a sad and surreal day in American history. As Congress reconvened to finish certifying President-elect Biden’s victory, the Hacks discuss the insurrection by an angry mob at the US Capitol, the results of the Georgia Senate runoff election, and the politics of this extraordinary moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Hacky Holidays!

Hacky Holidays!

2020-12-1601:06:534

With the Electoral College handing Biden what felt like his 17th win, Axe, Murphy, and Gibbs convene for the last time this year to bid adieu to 2020. The Hacks discuss the future of Trumpism, Murphy shares his optimistic outlook for American democracy, and Axe and Gibbs squabble over the outcome of stimulus negotiations. So grab a beer and enjoy some holiday Hacks cheer! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Axe and Gibbs are joined by superhack John Heilemann, now the host of his own podcast “Hell & High Water.” The Hacks discuss the ongoing attempt by Trump to subvert our democracy, take a deep dive into some of the challenges facing the Democratic party in the near term, and talk about the politics of the stimulus negotiations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jennifer Palmieri, former White House communications director and host of the podcast “Just Something About Her,” joins Axe and Murphy to discuss Trump’s latest tantrum about election fraud, Biden’s announcement of his communications team and other top administration picks, and how the Republicans must now reap what they sow when it comes to turnout in Georgia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bonjour, Biden Boom

Bonjour, Biden Boom

2020-11-2501:01:033

Axe, Murphy, and Gibbs gather to give thanks for a start to the formal transition process and for a slew of qualified cabinet picks by President-elect Biden. They also discuss the looming Georgia runoff election, what a sharper message might look like for both parties, and Murphy finally issues a much-anticipated apology to the French army. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
My Cousin Rudy

My Cousin Rudy

2020-11-2053:264

Murphy and Gibbs are joined by President-elect Joe Biden's pollster John Anzalone to talk about what the Hell is going on right now (it's all good, don't worry!), review the decisions the Biden campaign made and go over why they won, dive into Georgia and discuss the state of political polling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This week, Axe and Murphy are joined by Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report. It’s been two weeks since Election Day and the Hacks continue their postmortem with a deep dive into what happened in congressional districts across the country. They also look ahead to the Georgia special election and discuss what the 2020 race tells us about the future of both parties. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Trump Outrage Fatigue

Trump Outrage Fatigue

2020-11-1301:02:415

With the election in the rear view mirror (and yes, despite what the president says, it is over!) Axe, Murphy, and Gibbs discuss Trump’s ongoing attempts to undermine the institutions of our democracy, speculate about what Trump might do next, and break down the latest Democratic intraparty squabbles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
President-Elect Joe Biden

President-Elect Joe Biden

2020-11-0801:01:403

After election night turned into election week, it’s finally official: Joe Biden is the next President of the United States. Axe, Gibbs, and Murphy discuss the results of this unprecedented campaign and the challenges and opportunities ahead for President-Elect Biden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Election Day Survival Guide

Election Day Survival Guide

2020-11-0201:07:455

Well Hackaroos, we’ve arrived. Axe, Murphy, and Gibbs sit down for the last time before Election Day to discuss the final moments of the campaign, what to expect on November 3rd, and when we might have an answer on who will be the next President of the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Axe and Gibbs are joined by private first class Hackeroo and The Circus' Mark McKinnon to talk about whether Texas will turn blue, what Trump's possible electoral path could be to winning, and the timing of how Election Night's results will roll in next Tuesday. Listen until the end to hear McKinnon's "wild ass forecast" for the GOP 2024 standard bearer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (41)

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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