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…
This week Gibbs and Murphy were joined by Mr. Iowa himself, super hack extraordinaire David Kochel. The Hacks address the indictment incitement (and excitement) looming over Manhattan, how Trump and his GOP friends and foes are responding, and how this will impact the 2024 election. Plus the Hacks dive deep into the cornfields of Iowa and discuss the upcoming caucus, the advantages and disadvantages for the current slate of GOP candidates, and of course the Iowa State Fair butter cow.
Charlie Sykes, Editor at Large of The Bulwark, host of the Bulwark Podcast, and author of “How the Right Lost Its Mind” joined Axe and Murphy to talk about the SVB bank crisis, the politics of bailouts, debt ceiling and budget negotiations, we check in on the Republicans on the campaign trail, and they look ahead to what all of this means for 2024, and beyond!
This week Axe and Gibbs were joined by Maggie Haberman, a senior political correspondent for the New York Times and a legendary reporter, to discuss all things Trump v. DeSantis. The Hacks break down their dueling speeches, mixed messages, loyalty pledges, nicknames, insults, and so much more!
This week the Hacks were joined by a superstar Hackeroo, the formidable Amy Walter, who is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. Amy joined Axe and Gibbs (Murphy was busy voting in Chicago) to discuss the DeSantis book tour, Trump's standing in the Republican Party, the Michigan Senate race, and what and when to expect results from the Chicago Mayor's race. Plus David previews his Axe Files interview with Peter Meijer.
This week the Hacks were joined by Hackeroo (and very friendly guy) Doug Heye. Doug taps into his experience as the former communications director for the RNC and deputy chief of staff to Eric Cantor to discuss the 2024 primary field, Biden's recent trip to Ukraine, and how age will factor into both Biden and Trump's next steps. The Hacks also dive into the Midwest and look at a Wisconsin Supreme Court Race and the Chicago Mayor's race.
Former Congressman and chair of the DCCC Steve Israel joins Axe and Murphy for our duo Valentines Day and 200th episode special(!) to discuss the all the hot air over spy balloons, social security as a campaign message, Trump vs. DeSantis, and honestly, Trump vs. Everyone.
Three bleary-eyed Hacks convene to discuss Biden's State of the Union address. Axe and Gibbs reflect on their experience in crafting SOTU speeches and the various special interests that you have to navigate. The Hacks also break down Biden's acuity, his messaging, the historical significance of this speech, and the various shushing, swearing, and shouting that occurred. Plus, Axe learns what a Karen is!
This week Murphy and Gibbs were joined by Super Pollster Extraordinaire Mark Mellman. The Hacks set the stage for Biden's State of the Union address: how does this historically impact presidential approval ratings, what are the marching orders Biden will give his base, and how will he define the Republican Party? They also look back at the 2022 midterms, discuss Trump campaigning in South Carolina over the weekend, and discuss the Chicago mayor's race. Plus Murphy challenges you to a joke-off!
Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss the ongoing classified documents probe and the impact it could have on 2024, Ron Klain's departure from the White House, and how secret documents should be handled. Plus, Mike “longtime Chicago voter” Murphy shares his thoughts on the upcoming Chicago mayoral election (along with actual voter David Axelrod).
This week the Hacks were joined by Super Hackeroo Douglas Heye who led comms shops in the House, Senate, and for the RNC. The Hacks dive into the nuances and intricacies of the House Rules Committee, discuss the enigma that is George Santos (is that really his name?), the Biden classified documents saga, and so much more!
The Hacks kick off 2023 with esteemed guest Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. Axe, Murphy, and Wasserman discuss the dramatic election for Speaker of the House and what it reveals about internal House dynamics, the discovery of classified documents in Biden's private office, the Biden administration's stance on immigration, and upcoming elections around the country to keep an eye on, including the Chicago mayoral race.
The Hacks convene to host the first annual post-midterm end of year holiday spectacular award show! Join us as we award the biggest winners and losers of 2022, the biggest political story of the year, best and worst campaigns of the year, the biggest missed story of 2022, the biggest story to expect in 2023, and the Hacks give honorable mentions to the rising stars in each party! We hope you have a Hacky New Year!
This week the Hacks were joined by Hackeroo (and very friendly guy) Doug Heye. Doug taps into his experience as the former communications director for the RNC and deputy chief of staff to Eric Cantor to discuss the Republican in-fighting for the next Speaker of the House. The Hacks also discuss the strategy behind Sinema leaving the Democratic Party, how that shapes upcoming races, and so much more!
Mo Elleithee, former communications director for the Democratic National Committee and current executive director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss all things Georgia on runoff day — the final ads, Biden and Trump's influence there, and what the results will mean for both parties. Mo also walks us through the new primary schedules and how that could reshape elections as we know them! Plus so much more!
This week Gibbs and Murphy were joined by a man whose many titles will take up most of our episode description. He is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, a Senior Political Analyst for CNN, and the author of “Rock Me on the Water: 1974 — The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics”. Now that the dust has settled they look back on the midterms and discuss the upcoming races, if there are still swing states, and the future of both parties. Plus Ron shares his favorite book!
It's the one-week anniversary of the 2022 midterms and to celebrate Gibbs and Murphy dive deep into the results. The Republicans may have underperformed nationally but where did they make state gains and why? Who is on the Democratic bench for 2024 and who will they face on the Republican side? Does anyone read our listener mailbag questions anymore? All of these questions, and more, will be addressed! Tune in.
Here's a preview of a new podcast, Story of the Week. Each week, journalist Joel Stein chooses an article that fascinates him, convinces the writer to tell him about it, and then interrupts a good conversation by talking about himself. Sometimes the story will be the one everyone is talking about, like the New Yorker article on smoking hallucinogenic toads. Other times, it's a story you might have missed, like the one in the Verge about the rock groupie turned hacker who had huge corporations at her mercy. Stories that stick with you long after you forget whatever headline you just doom-scrolled through. In this preview, Joel is joined by Douglas Rushkoff to talk about his experience speaking to a group of tech billionaires in the middle of the desert. He thought he'd be chatting about the latest in tech advancements, but all these guys wanted to talk about was building doomsday bunkers. Hear the full episode, and more from Story of the Week at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/sotw?sid=hacks.
The midterm special hackathon extravaganza is finally here and we couldn't think of a better guest to join us than POLITICO's Politics Bureau Chief and Senior Columnist, Jonathan Martin. The Hacks discuss the results we have from the midterms and breakdown what that means for control of the Senate, House, and eventually The White House!
In their final episode before the midterms all three Hacks convene to discuss Obama emerging on the campaign trail, they update us on key races including: Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Utah — and they prepare us for the midterms — will it be a ripple or a wave? And don't forget, your vote matters, VOTE!
This week the Hacks were joined by a super esteemed Hackeroo, the formidable Amy Walter, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. Together they put on their beer goggles to look back on past elections for context on today's polarization; discuss upcoming debates, viral moments, and narrative benders; and talk all things midterms and gut instincts. Plus David's dog, Mac, gets a shoutout! Woof!
This week the Hacks were joined by two formidable and local Hacks to deep dive into the Nevada and Georgia races. First up is Nevada! Jon Ralston, CEO of the Nevada Independent, joined us to discuss the Cortez Masto v. Laxalt Senate race and walks as through the intricacies of the Nevada ballot. Then we're joined by Greg Bluestein, author of “Flipped: How Georgia Turned Purple and Broke the Monopoly on Republican Power,” who breaks down the Walker v. Warnock Senate race, discusses the Georgia Governor's race, and is kind enough to invite Gibbs and Murphy over for Thanksgiving!
This week the Hacks were joined by Superstar Hack Extraordinaire Jonathan Martin to discuss Trump's rally in Arizona, the optics of GOP candidates aligning themselves with the former president, the strategy of participation in midterm debates this cycle, and so much more!
With five weeks to go before the election, it's Murphy madness as we welcome Molly Murphy, Democratic pollster and strategist, to the show. Axe, Murphy, and the other Murphy discuss the continued impact of the Dobbs decision—among other issues—on voter enthusiasm, new allegations against Herschel Walker, and the races that will determine control of the Senate.
It Was Said, the 2021 Webby Award winner for Best Podcast Series, returns with a new season to look back on some of the most powerful, impactful, and timeless speeches in history. Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author-historian Jon Meacham, this documentary podcast series takes you through another season of ten generation-defining speeches. Meacham, along with top historians, authors and journalists, offers expert insight and analysis into the origins, the orator, and the context of the times each speech was given, and they reflect on why it's important to never forget them. It Was Said is a creation and production of Peabody-nominated C13Originals, in association with The HISTORY® Channel.
Republican pollster and strategist Dr. David Hill joins Murphy and fellow Auburn fan Gibbs to discuss how this midterm cycle compares to cycles in the past, the likelihood of split ticket voting in Georgia and elsewhere, whether there's a brewing rivalry between Governors Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis, and share tips and tricks for being a sophisticated consumer of polls.
Mo Elleithee, former communications director for the Democratic National Committee and current executive director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss Democrats' attempt to defy gravity this election cycle, Ron DeSantis' political stunts, and the cultural issues dominant in both parties today. Plus, the Hacks review the races that will determine control of the US Senate and break down Biden's comments about 2024.
Jon Favreau, “podcasting royalty” and former speechwriter for Barack Obama, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss Democratic enthusiasm around the country, the critical role suburban voters will play in this year's midterm elections, key Senate races to watch, and insights from focus groups on the new season of Jon's podcast, The Wilderness.
Axe and Murphy convene the day after Labor Day to kick off the official sprint to the midterms. They discuss Biden's decision to go after MAGA Republicans, the wisdom of both Biden and Trump inserting themselves in the middle of the campaign conversation, how the Dobbs decision may impact turnout in November, and Murphy takes us on trip across the pond for an update on UK politics.
The Atlantic's Mark Leibovich joins Axe and Murphy to discuss Biden's messaging on the campaign trail ahead of the midterms, Ron DeSantis' political future, the primaries in Florida and New York, and insights from Mark's book, Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission.
New York Times senior political reporter Maggie Haberman joins Axe and Murphy to discuss how the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago impacts Trump's political capital, whether the Department of Justice adequately understood the current political environment, Trump's relationship with Kevin McCarthy, and what to expect from today's primaries in Wyoming and Alaska. Plus, Maggie previews her forthcoming book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.
Republican pollster and strategist Whit Ayres joins Gibbs and Murphy to discuss the FBI search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, Biden and the Democrats' string of legislative victories and whether it will translate to success in the midterms, the status of key Senate races around the country, and the polling trends to watch this fall.
The Hacks are back with plenty of snacks to break down the results of an illuminating primary night. Axe, Gibbs, and Murphy discuss the surprising voter turnout in Kansas, the fate of pro-impeachment Republicans around the country, the growing slate of election deniers in key states, President Biden's winning streak, and Speaker Pelosi's trip to Taiwan.
Democratic strategist Lis Smith, author of Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story, joins Axe and Murphy to talk about the season finale of the January 6th hearings, Trump and Pence's dueling speeches, the shifting size of the red wave in the midterms, and whether Biden finally has some bumper sticker wins under his belt.
This week, formidable Hack and CNN contributor Paul Begala joins Gibbs and Murphy to discuss the unraveling of Build Back Better, the strategy of the 1/6 committee in advance of their highly anticipated hearing on Thursday, Trump's donor courting tour, and - in between Murphy swooning over big oil - we venture across the pond* to discuss UK politics. *No horrible British accents were included in this recording of Hacks on Tap.
The Hacks are back to discuss whether the Department of Justice could indict Donald Trump, recent polling from The New York Times and what it portends for both Biden and Trump's political future, how Biden should respond to questions about 2024, and the Senate race in Georgia. Plus, Murphy gets an opportunity to gloat and use the word “chortle,” a Hacks on Tap first.
The Hacks respond to a slightly delayed bat signal in this special edition of Hacks on Tap to break down the shocking testimony during the Jan. 6th hearings, whether the latest revelations impact Trump's political future, the ramifications for the midterms, and whether Biden has a newfound opportunity to take charge on domestic issues.
Sarah Longwell, publisher of The Bulwark and host of The Focus Group podcast, joins Axe and Gibbs to discuss how Trump voters are reacting to the January 6th hearings, the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and whether it gives Democrats an opportunity to go on offense in the midterms, Mitch McConnell's approach to the bipartisan gun control bill, Elise Stefanik's hard turn to towards Trumpism, and more.
Amanda Carpenter, political columnist for The Bulwark, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss Trump's political future in light of the Jan. 6 committee's findings, the shocking number of election deniers on the ballot across the country, the merits of a gas tax holiday, Biden's upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, and the LA mayor's race.
John Heilemann, host of the Hell & High Water podcast and executive editor of The Recount, is back with Axe and Murphy to discuss the revelations from the January 6th hearings, President Biden's limited toolkit on inflation and what it means for the midterms, whispers of Biden's political future, the bipartisan gun bill, and the races to watch in South Carolina.
Join Emmy Award-winning journalist Peter Hamby, along with the team of expert journalists at Puck, as they let you in on the real conversations insiders are having across the four corners of power in America: Wall Street, Washington, Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Puck's contributors bring you smart conversation around the inside stories happening in these worlds. Presented in partnership with Cadence13 Studios, this podcast releases new episodes daily, Monday-Friday.
Welcome to "The Powers That Be: Daily" where Emmy Award-winning journalist Peter Hamby, along with the expert team of journalists at Puck, bring you for an inside look at the stories shaping the day. Go beyond the headlines for the details only the true insiders know.
Dave Wasserman, US House editor of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, joins Axe and Gibbs to discuss the plethora of primaries happening around the country, what the results from recent races tell us about the national political environment, whether any voters will be swayed by the January 6th committee hearings, and how the politics of gun control will play out in suburban areas this fall.
Doug Sosnik, former senior advisor to President Bill Clinton, joins Gibbs and Murphy to discuss the headwinds Democrats face in the midterms and the importance of narrative storytelling in politics. Plus, the Hacks take a close look at the Senate race in Pennsylvania and dive into the jumbo mailbag.
The Hacks convene for what was supposed to be an election night recap but instead was an all too familiar discussion on gun violence in America. Axe, Gibbs, and Murphy talk about the latest school shooting in Texas, the politics of gun control, and the results of Tuesday night's primary races.
Axe and Murphy break down the results from the primary races in a number of key states in this special edition of Hacks on Tap. They discuss the highly-anticipated Republican Senate race in Pennsylvania, the fate of Congressman Madison Cawthorn and other candidates backed by Trump, how progressive Democratic candidates fared across the country, and ultimately the fact that Trumpism is alive and well.
We've reached maximum Hacks capacity this week with not one but two guest Hacks, Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns of The New York Times. They join Axe and Murphy to discuss the MAGA-fication of Republican primary races, the politics of Roe v. Wade, and Martin and Burns' new book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future.
Axe, Gibbs, and Murphy followed the bat signal and convened for a special edition of Hacks on Tap. They discuss the results of the Ohio primary election, what JD Vance's (or is it JP?) victory says about Trump and Trumpism, the bombshell leak out of the Supreme Court, and how the politics of Roe v. Wade will influence voter turnout in the midterms.
Mark McKinnon, executive producer and co-host of The Circus, joins Axe and Gibbs to talk about Ron DeSantis' war with Mickey Mouse, leaked audio of Kevin McCarthy after January 6th, why the midterms will exacerbate polarization in Congress, and what it takes to craft a strong campaign slogan.
Whit Ayres, Republican pollster and strategist, joins Gibbs and Murphy to talk about the power of Trump's endorsement in primary races, the states to watch this fall, and how our political system has become unstable.
Paul Begala, CNN contributor and former counselor to President Bill Clinton, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss rising consumer prices, the “some other dude did it” defense, Biden's budding immigration issue, and Trump's endorsement of Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania.
C13 Originals and Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author Jon Meacham, co-creators of the 2021 Webby Award-winning Best Podcast Series It Was Said and the acclaimed podcast Hope, Through History, join together again for a brand-new series that will guide listeners through critical moments in our history. Every Monday through Friday, Meacham travels back to impactful events that occurred on that date in history—the birth of a visionary filmmaker, the debut of an iconic athlete, the discovery of a lifesaving cure, a triumphant legal victory. You'll learn how that event shaped politics, art, culture, sports and science, and why it's still relevant today.