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Hacks on Tap with David Axelrod and Mike Murphy

111 episodes - English - Latest episode: 5 days ago - ★★★★★ - 5.8K ratings

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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Blanchin’ From Manchin (with Brad Woodhouse)

February 24, 2021 00:32

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 podcastcho...

Impeachment: The Sequel (with Bill Kristol)

February 16, 2021 20:59

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

Introducing The Daily Punch

February 12, 2021 14:11

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

Greene Achers (with Amanda Carpenter)

February 09, 2021 11:00

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

Unity, Not Unanimity (with Heidi Heitkamp)

February 03, 2021 02:37

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

January 26, 2021 21:04

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

January 21, 2021 02:48

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

Pardon Me? (with Rahm Emanuel)

January 19, 2021 03:24

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

2020: Extra Innings (with John Heilemann)

January 13, 2021 00:51

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 podcastchoic...

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

January 07, 2021 06:56

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!

December 16, 2020 02:32

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

A Most Gracious Loser (with John Heilemann)

December 09, 2020 00:10

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

Kook D'Etat (with Jennifer Palmieri)

December 02, 2020 02:38

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

November 25, 2020 04:19

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

November 20, 2020 07:27

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

A White House Held Hostage (with Dave Wasserman)

November 18, 2020 01:48

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

November 13, 2020 00:26

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

November 08, 2020 03:31

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

November 02, 2020 20:23

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

We're Rounding The Corner... To Election Day (with Mark McKinnon)

October 30, 2020 02:39

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

T-Minus One Week (with Rahm Emanuel)

October 28, 2020 00:10

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

Welcome to Fiasco Season 1 Bush v. Gore

October 26, 2020 07:01

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 p...

The Final Debate: Mr. Mute vs. Sir Scranton

October 23, 2020 08:36

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

Polls Traumatic Stress Disorder (with John Heilemann)

October 20, 2020 23:49

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

Crazy Uncle POTUS (with Mark Salter)

October 16, 2020 23:02

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

Repeat After Me: It's Not 2016 (with Amy Walter)

October 13, 2020 23:22

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

Pencesplaining & Insect Baiting

October 08, 2020 07:44

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

A Cluster on Steroids (with Claire McCaskill)

October 06, 2020 22:36

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

October 02, 2020 18:46

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

Who Is "They" And Where Is This River? (with Charlie Sykes)

October 02, 2020 04:12

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

September 30, 2020 09:12

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

Trump's Peaceful Transfer of Glower (with Rahm Emanuel)

September 25, 2020 04:41

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

SCOTUS Scramble (with Bob Shrum)

September 22, 2020 22:56

Axe and Murphy are joined this week by Bob Shrum, longtime political consultant, speechwriter, and strategist. The Hacks discuss the politics of the Supreme Court vacancy and what this means for Republicans’ chances of keeping the majority in the Senate. Plus, with one week to go before the first presidential debate, the Hacks break down what both Biden and Trump must achieve in this critical first encounter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Lowering the Barr

September 18, 2020 00:25

Axe is joined by John Heilemann of Showtime’s The Circus, and Matthew Dowd, Chief Political Analyst at ABC and former chief strategist for the Bush 2004 campaign. The Hacks discuss Attorney General Bill Barr’s eye-popping assertions, the politics of a COVID vaccine, and the latest installment of Democratic bedwetting about Biden’s campaign strategy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Mellman College of Polling Knowledge (with Mark Mellman)

September 15, 2020 23:47

You got a polling question? Well, we got your answer! Murphy and Gibbs tap the voluminous knowledge and experience of super pollster Mark Mellman on battleground states, Latino voters, undecided voters, debate polling bumps, third party voters, how a poll is conducted and…ok, you get the point! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Playing It Down With Bob

September 11, 2020 05:47

Gibbs and Murphy are joined by guest hack Joe Trippi. In this episode, they talk about Trump’s 18 (!!!) interviews with Bob Woodward, the polling anxiety that goes with being a Democrat and winning Senate seats in tough political territory in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Coward in Chief (with Stephanie Cutter)

September 09, 2020 00:51

Axe and Murphy are joined by Stephanie Cutter, a longtime Democratic operative who most recently produced the 2020 Democratic National Convention. They discuss the Atlantic’s reporting that Trump made disparaging remarks about the military, how the Trump campaign squandered its huge cash advantage, and what the Biden campaign must do in the lead-up to the first debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

An Election So Nice, You’ll Want to Vote Twice! (With Mark McKinnon)

September 04, 2020 03:58

Gibbs and Axe are joined by the one and only Mark McKinnon, co-host of Showtime’s The Circus and a former Presidential advisor to George W. Bush, who spent the week in the battleground state of Wisconsin. We cover the plethora of new national and state polling and talk about where the race stands 60 days before the 2020 election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Post-Convention Politics & The Dark Force Farce

September 02, 2020 00:18 - 64.3 MB

Axe and Murphy are joined this week by Addisu Demissie, former campaign manager for Cory Booker’s presidential run and senior advisor for Joe Biden and the DNC. With both national conventions in the rear view mirror, a new phase of the 2020 presidential campaign has begun. The Hacks discuss Trump’s continued law and order strategy, the efficacy of Biden’s condemnation of violence and destruction, and how voters in critical swing states are interpreting the pageant of democracy. Learn more abo...

Introducing: It Was Said (w Jon Meacham)

August 31, 2020 04:01 - 11.3 MB

Welcome to It Was Said, a 10-episode limited documentary series looking back on some of the most powerful, impactful and timeless speeches in American history. Join Pulitzer Prize winning and best-selling author-historian, Jon Meacham, Peabody-nominated C13Originals Studios and HISTORY, as we take you through 10 speeches. Season One of It Was Said draws on a selection of speeches from powerful figures in history like Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, JFK, RFK, Barack Obama, Hillary Clin...

Trump's Never Ending Reality Show (With Amanda Carpenter)

August 28, 2020 06:44 - 33 MB

Guest Hack Amanda Carpenter of CNN and The Bulwark joins Gibbs and Murphy to recap the Trump National Convention. Did the GOP move the needle? What's the next move for Biden and Harris? Is Trump ever going to finish this speech?! The Hacks meticulously dissect the four day reality show and talk about what to expect over the next 67 days of Campaign 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

MAGA Mission: The RNC Begins

August 25, 2020 23:07 - 57 MB

Guest Hack John Heilemann of Showtime's The Circus is back this week to help Axe and Murphy recap the first night of the Republican National Convention. The GOP promised a week full of optimism and opportunity; after night one, did they deliver? The Hacks discuss whether the first night offered a glimpse of the Republican primary in 2024, if the RNC will ultimately succeed in expanding Trump's base, and what Biden's campaign must do to counter the messaging coming out of the RNC. Learn more a...

DNC Recap

August 21, 2020 07:57 - 47 MB

With our new Hackaroo host Robert Gibbs at the helm, Axe, Murphy, and Gibbs recap the Democratic National Convention. After an eventful week which culminated in Joe Biden officially accepting the Democratic nomination for president, the guys discuss their biggest takeaways. Did the Democrats accomplish what they set out to do? How will the Republicans respond next week? Plus, will traditional, funny hat-clad conventions ever return? Tune in to find out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

The Conventions Commence (with Rahm Emanuel)

August 18, 2020 22:10 - 58.6 MB

The day after the debut of the first-ever virtual convention, Axe and Murphy convene to discuss what worked and what didn’t. Joined by former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Hacks break down the messaging, strategy, and tactics used throughout the first night of the Democratic National Convention. They also take listener questions about how convention speakers are selected, what the future holds for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and how Trump might impact down-ballot races.  Learn more about yo...

Executive Disorder (with Paul Begala)

August 12, 2020 02:00 - 65.5 MB

Axe and Murphy are reunited this week and joined by Paul Begala, former counselor to President Clinton and author of the new book, "You're Fired: The Perfect Guide to Beating Donald Trump." The Hacks convened before Biden announced his choice of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, but that doesn't mean we can't include one final round of veepstakes. We also discuss the Trump campaign's renewed line of attack on Biden and assess whether it's an effective strategy, the President's execut...

It's Harris!

August 11, 2020 20:25 - 14.5 MB

The veepstakes are finally over and the pick is in: Joe Biden has chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate! In this special addition of Hacks on Tap, Axe, Murphy, and guest Hack Robert Gibbs discuss what went into this decision and what it means for Biden’s chances in November. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Where’s the Manual for Mayhem?

August 04, 2020 23:15 - 65.3 MB

Murphy is out on assignment this week, but thankfully Alex Wagner and Robert Gibbs are here to fill the void. The Hacks discuss Trump’s unrelenting attacks on mail-in voting and his attempts to undermine institutions like the Post Office that are vital to the election; the strategy—or lack thereof—behind granting sit-down interviews with the President; the latest speculation about Biden’s VP pick; and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

VP Jeebies (with John Heilemann)

July 29, 2020 00:40 - 64.7 MB

This week we’re joined by super Hack John Heilemann, co-host of The Circus on Showtime. It’s no secret that one of Trump’s biggest obstacles to reelection is his own handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. What, if anything, can he do to make up ground before November? And with time running out for Biden to announce his VP pick, will he make a head or a heart decision? Plus, the recent polls are good news for Biden, but are Democrats too complacent? The Hacks discuss all this and more! Learn more ...

Fort Bragg-adocious (with Donna Brazile)

July 22, 2020 00:15 - 57.4 MB

Axe and Murphy are joined this week by Democratic political strategist and former acting DNC Chair Donna Brazile. We talk about Trump’s new interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace, POTUS’s alternative reality strategy, and the Confederate-named military base controversy. We also assess the politics of the Democratic and Republican conventions, talk VP selection stakes, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Cognitive Distancing (with Mark McKinnon)

July 14, 2020 22:03 - 51.3 MB

Axe and Murphy are joined by guest hack Mark McKinnon, former presidential adviser and co-host of Showtime’s The Circus. This week we talk Trump’s continuous Covid catastrophe, presidential ad wars, Roger Stone on the loose, Veepstakes, and more. We also answer listener questions on Trump and race, presidential debates, and third-party advertising. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Guests

John Heilemann
5 Episodes
Mark McKinnon
3 Episodes
Amy Klobuchar
1 Episode
Cory Booker
1 Episode
Jon Favreau
1 Episode
Julián Castro
1 Episode
Karl Rove
1 Episode
Pete Buttigieg
1 Episode
Steve Israel
1 Episode