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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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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.

    W.T.F., Man? (With John Heilemann)

    W.T.F., Man? (With John Heilemann)

    This week, Axe and Gibbs were joined by one of our esteemed Hackeroos, a favorite among all-stars, none other than John Heilemann. Together, they delve into various topics, including the rotating cast of characters in court with Donald Trump, the latest poll findings from the New York Times, economic trends and the rising cost of living, as well as the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, plus so much more! 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Floors & Ceilings (with Doug Sosnik)

    Floors & Ceilings (with Doug Sosnik)

    This week Axe and Murphy were joined by an expert Hackeroo, Doug Sosnik, former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton. the Hacks discuss Trump’s legal antics, Big Campaign Energy (BCE), puppy slayers, the race for GOP VP, RFK’s unbaked cake, escape valves, capitalism, and so much more.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Tired, Sleepy & Gassy (with Paul Begala)

    Tired, Sleepy & Gassy (with Paul Begala)

    This week Murphy and Gibbs were joined by the great Paul Begala, CNN contributor and former counselor to President Bill Clinton. The Hacks discuss the White House Correspondents Dinner, Trump’s ongoing legal issues, CNN’s newest poll, unconventional media opportunities, shooting puppies(???), and so much more!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bubbling Over (with Scott Jennings)

    Bubbling Over (with Scott Jennings)

    This week, Axe and Murphy were joined by Scott Jennings, a GOP strategist, conservative columnist, and CNN commentator. The Hacks discuss Johnson’s Speakership and the battle to pass aid packages, star GOP recruits, foreign wars, campus free speech, Biden’s messaging, and Trump’s trials.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bad Options (with Whit Ayers and Jonathan Martin)

    Bad Options (with Whit Ayers and Jonathan Martin)

    This week finds Gibbs flying solo as Axe and Murphy are, shall we say, on the run. Nevertheless, the show must go on, and Gibbs is joined by two esteemed guests: GOP pollster Whit Ayers and Jonathan Martin, renowned author of “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future". Together, they embark on a deep dive into the week's tumultuous news cycle, examining everything from the latest New York Times poll to Trump’s hush money jury selection, the challenges and opportunities for both parties on abortion and immigration messaging, foreign policy, campaign infrastructure, margins of error, the golden bachelor, and so much more! 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Mixed Messages (with Sasha Issenberg)

    Mixed Messages (with Sasha Issenberg)

    This week, Axe and Murphy were joined by the distinguished Hack and renowned lie detective, Sasha Issenberg. Together, they delve into Trump's contradictory stance on abortion and his intriguing status as a Florida voter. The Hacks also dissect Biden's endeavors for student loan forgiveness, the evolving landscape of TikTok, the complexities of foreign policy, ongoing conflicts, the impact of social media, the rise of deep fakes, the lunar eclipse, and oh so much more!

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
7.3K Ratings

7.3K Ratings

Prometheus--- ,

Great podcast

Gentlemen, What is this issue with the Times/Seina poll methodology being called into question with many different sources. Morning Joe was up in arms about it today. Even other pollsters are saying the methodology can’t be right…. Please check into this

rphmis ,

Great Podcast

One of my weekly go-tos. Love the insights and discussion of political topics. My only gripe (if I have to have one) is for Axelrod to pause a beat after he asks someone a question to give them a chance to respond. He can’t help himself interrupting their flow right off the gun. If you’re going to invite guests on the show, then give them the chance to fully articulate their position.

Edenkeegz ,

Quality has fallen off a cliff

This used to be my go to

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