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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. 

    Tyranny of the Minority (with Amy Walter)

    Tyranny of the Minority (with Amy Walter)

    Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report and a PBS NewsHour contributor, joins Axe and Gibbs to talk about the “political theater” surrounding the voting rights bill, the likelihood that Democrats stay united on infrastructure spending, and how rising crime in New York City has shaped the focus of the city’s mayoral primary. 

    • 58 min
    Biden Takes the World Stage (with Howard Wolfson)

    Biden Takes the World Stage (with Howard Wolfson)

    Howard Wolfson, Democratic political strategist and former Deputy Mayor of New York City, joins Axe and Murphy to discuss Joe Biden’s first foreign trip as president, why this is a pivotal moment for democracy, and the challenges that remain for a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Plus, the Hacks take a deep dive into New York City’s mayoral race and explore the ways in which the primary is a microcosm of the debate over messaging in the Democratic Party.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Infra-STUCK-ure (with Charlie Sykes)

    Infra-STUCK-ure (with Charlie Sykes)

    Charlie Sykes, Editor at Large of The Bulwark, host of the Bulwark Podcast, and author of “How the Right Lost Its Mind” joined Gibbs and an optimistic Murphy to discuss the overtime infrastructure talks, Senator Manchin and good faith negotiations, Trump’s return to the campaign trail, and what this all means for the 2022 midterms.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Building Bridges (with Jonathan Martin)

    Building Bridges (with Jonathan Martin)

    Jonathan Martin, a national political correspondent for The New York Times, joins Axe and Gibbs to discuss the make or break moment for infrastructure talks, whether a bill to restrict voting in Texas will reinvigorate the voting rights debate in the Senate, and why 2021 might be the best of times and the worst of times for progressives. Plus, the Hacks discussion Jonathan’s reporting on how races in New Mexico and Arkansas are test cases for both parties ahead of the midterms.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Infrastructure Week? (with Rahm Emanuel)

    Infrastructure Week? (with Rahm Emanuel)

    Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Axe and Murphy to discuss the latest twists and turns in the negotiations over infrastructure spending and Biden’s agenda more broadly, the continued GOP infighting, and whether foreign policy—and the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas—will be a priority for voters in the 2022 midterm elections.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Inconvenient Truths (with Barbara Comstock)

    Inconvenient Truths (with Barbara Comstock)

    Former Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock joins Axe and Murphy to discuss what lies ahead for the GOP after Rep. Liz Cheney’s removal from House leadership, the likelihood that a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack will be established, the politics of unmasking, and how the Supreme Court’s decision to hear an abortion case could impact the midterm elections.
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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6.5K Ratings

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Every week!

So glad you had Charlie Sykes on!

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