GOP strategist Mike Murphy caught the political bug early: he began his career as a college student making radio ads out of his dorm room for a long-shot congressional race. He’s gone on to specialize in winning statewide campaigns for governor and Senate. He’s been the lead strategist for many major Republican figures, including John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mitt Romney. He also had a role in the 2016 campaign season. “I ran the Jeb Bush super PAC,” he explains, “which gives me the unique credential of having blown, oh, over 95 million dollars and not winning.” Mike joined us to discuss his vocal criticism of Donald Trump, the media’s role in modern politics and why he’s a hopeless romantic when it comes to presidential races.

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Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Vice President Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” joined me on Yahoo News to talk about the statement he read to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after a performance of “Hamilton” and the reaction it received around the country. The actor said, “I think there’s really no way to take the words we said as controversial. That’s democracy.” Dixon also performed his original song, “We Are.”

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I was joined by Richard Cohen, president and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center, to talk about Donald Trump selecting Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist and the rise of the alt-right movement.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin knows her presidents. As America’s leading presidential historian, she’s written five critically acclaimed and best-selling presidential biographies. Her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is revered by the likes of Steven Spielberg and President Obama. In this election week bonus episode, she joined us to help parse Donald Trump’s upset victory.

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I sat down with onetime presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, former Clinton administration senior adviser Richard Socarides, and ex-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour about the election results and the upcoming Trump presidency.