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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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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
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is back to help Axe and Murphy begin the one week countdown to Election Day. With COVID dominating the airwaves, the Hacks discuss Trump’s continued disregard for safety precautions, what the latest polling and campaign ad buys tell us about the state of the race, and the Hacks make their first and highly anticipated electoral college predictions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host Leon Neyfakh transports listeners into the day-to-day reality of our country’s most pivotal historical events, bringing to life the forgotten twists and turns of the past while shedding light on the present. Fiasco season 1 takes listeners to the contested 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and the extraordinary legal battle that unfolded in Florida. Fiasco is a Luminary original. To hear other seasons, go to luminarypodcasts.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Axe, Gibbs, and Murphy sit down after the final presidential debate, accompanied by some chips and guac, for a late-night edition of snacks-on-tap. The Hacks discuss the night’s biggest moments and whether, with 11 days to go until the election, the debate made an impact on the race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
With two weeks to go until Election Day, John Heilemann of Showtime’s The Circus is back to help Axe and Murphy break down the latest national polls, Trump’s closing strategy (or lack thereof), and to preview the final debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Axe and Gibbs are joined by Mark Salter, longtime political advisor to the late Senator John McCain and author of a new book The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain. The Hacks recap the dueling town halls, Trump’s inability to change the narrative, and whether a return to the days of “country first” conservatism is possible.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Amy Walter, the national editor of the Cook Political Report, joins Murphy and Gibbs to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings and the state of the 2020 Presidential race (yup, you guessed it, it’s stable). Together, they also walk through the most important Senate races we are all talking about to determine who will control the chamber in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Axe, Gibbs, and Murphy are abuzz with post-debate analysis as they convene for a special late night edition of Hacks on Tap. They break down the night’s biggest moments and discuss whether, in a tumultuous week for the 2020 race, this moved the needle in any way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill joins Axe and Murphy to discuss the physical and metaphorical clusters surrounding President Trump. The Hacks attempt to make sense of Trump’s return to the White House after a brief stay at Walter Reed, unpack the latest polling numbers, and the Senator offers advice for her former colleagues on how Democrats should navigate the impending hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court pick.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Hacks on Call

Hacks on Call

2020-10-0222:377

The news that President Trump tested positive for Coronavirus has thrown the campaign—and the country—into a new realm of uncertainty. Axe, Gibbs, and Murphy convene for a special edition of Hacks on Tap to discuss this breaking news and what it means for the presidential race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Axe and Gibbs spend this episode talking to The Bulwark's Charlie Sykes and in search of this river! Two days after the Cleveland Debacle we sift through the debate one more time, talk about the politics of the economy and ask Charlie about what's happening in his state of Wisconsin. We're still wondering who is they and, yes, we'll keep looking for the river. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
$h!t Show

$h!t Show

2020-09-3055:287

Axe, Murphy, and Gibbs convene after the first presidential debate to discuss the perfectly polite and productive national conversation we just witnessed. What are the implications for the race moving forward? How does this impact the VP debate next week? Has the shouting ended? The Hacks break down all this and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Murphy and Gibbs welcome the Honorable Hack/former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to talk about Trump’s comments on election rigging, what Biden has to do in the upcoming debate next week and more politics around the Supreme Court. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (35)

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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Dore Sutton

Never miss this wonderful podcast. Look forward to every Tuesday for the new podcast. Great guests, intelligent conversations. I recommend it to everyone.

Jul 22nd
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G Galleher

Thanks for the shout out for Nome, Alaska! I'm sure we could gather a crowd for any politicians who would like to come north!

Jul 8th
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pamela mallien

Great guest!

Jun 17th
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Sasha Anne Lyn

Alex Wagner- best guest so far!

May 7th
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Debi Simons

Hey Mike--I'm a huge fan of yours from back in the Radio Free GOP days. I was quite taken aback by your language in this episode. Not what I expect from you.

Apr 19th
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Tomasz Jurewicz

This is a really great podcast. Free of political bickering. Sound analysis with a healthy dose of humor too. Highly recommended!

Mar 29th
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