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Can He Do That?

The Washington Post

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Can He Do That?

Can He Do That?

The Washington Post

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“Can He Do That?” is The Washington Post’s politics podcast, exploring the powers and limitations of the American presidency, and what happens when they're tested. Led by host Allison Michaels, each episode asks a new question about this extraordinary moment in American history and answers with insight into how our government works, how to understand ongoing events, and the implications when branches of government collide.

Latest Episodes

How the Supreme Court became the most trusted branch, and how electoral politics might undo that

Can the president push through a confirmation? Can the Democrats pack the court? What's at stake for our country? Judicial politics expert Lisa Holmes and congressional reporter Paul Kane answer key questions amidst a contentious battle for the bench.

32 min6 d ago
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How the Supreme Court became the most trusted branch, and how electoral politics might undo that

Is the federal government to blame for wildfires gone out of control?

Reporter Seung Min Kim on how Trump’s refusal to acknowledge human-caused climate change affects the country’s wildfire management and response plans. Plus, environmental analysis professor Char Miller on who's really responsible for fire mitigation.

25 min1 w ago
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Is the federal government to blame for wildfires gone out of control?

The Justice Dept. intervenes on behalf of Trump in defamation case. What happens next?

In this segment from "Post Reports," Matt Zapatosky talks about how the Justice Department on Tuesday intervened in the defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says President Trump raped her years ago.

9 min2 w ago
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The Justice Dept. intervenes on behalf of Trump in defamation case. What happens next?

Two different stories of American unrest

How much do these two starkly different Kenosha, Wis., narratives reflect the divisions in our country? How much are they responsible for stoking those divisions? are there any checks on what the U.S. president can say? Reporter Ashley Parker explains.

18 min3 w ago
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Two different stories of American unrest

Trump suggested sending law enforcement to the polls. Can he do that?

Historically, Republicans have used similar tactics to scare people of color away from the polls. Election law expert Rick Hasen and reporter Rosalind Helderman explain what the RNC is planning for Election Day and how today’s laws apply.

21 minAUG 28
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Trump suggested sending law enforcement to the polls. Can he do that?

Postal problems persist. (But your mail-in ballot is probably safe.)

Are Postal Service operations no longer in jeopardy? Can USPS ensure all mail-in ballots get where they need to go? And, most critically, has irreparable damage been done to America’s faith in our electoral system? Reporter Jacob Bogage unpacks the story.

24 minAUG 21
Comments
Postal problems persist. (But your mail-in ballot is probably safe.)

How an extraordinary election season affects Trump’s reelection chances

Chief political correspondent Dan Balz explains how the pandemic has reshaped the 2020 election and what those changes mean for Trump’s prospects for winning the presidency again.

26 minAUG 14
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How an extraordinary election season affects Trump’s reelection chances

TikTok flip-flop: What’s the president’s power over foreign companies?

Technology reporter Rachel Lerman explains why President Trump wants to block TikTok and James Lewis, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explains how the administration can take steps to change things for the Chinese-owned app.

24 minAUG 7
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TikTok flip-flop: What’s the president’s power over foreign companies?

How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?

The Post's polling team, Scott Clement and Emily Guskin, delve into conducting and interpreting polls during an election season. How exactly can polls be representative of the electorate? And are polls predictive of how a country will eventually vote?

30 minJUL 31
Comments
How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?

A double down on federal force, a do-over on coronavirus

President Trump receives poor marks from Americans on two major issues: his handling of the coronavirus and anti-racism protests. Yet, he's taking two starkly different approaches. Reporters Ashley Parker and Matt Zapotosky on Trump's evolving messages.

35 minJUL 24
Comments
A double down on federal force, a do-over on coronavirus

Latest Episodes

How the Supreme Court became the most trusted branch, and how electoral politics might undo that

Can the president push through a confirmation? Can the Democrats pack the court? What's at stake for our country? Judicial politics expert Lisa Holmes and congressional reporter Paul Kane answer key questions amidst a contentious battle for the bench.

32 min6 d ago
Comments
How the Supreme Court became the most trusted branch, and how electoral politics might undo that

Is the federal government to blame for wildfires gone out of control?

Reporter Seung Min Kim on how Trump’s refusal to acknowledge human-caused climate change affects the country’s wildfire management and response plans. Plus, environmental analysis professor Char Miller on who's really responsible for fire mitigation.

25 min1 w ago
Comments
Is the federal government to blame for wildfires gone out of control?

The Justice Dept. intervenes on behalf of Trump in defamation case. What happens next?

In this segment from "Post Reports," Matt Zapatosky talks about how the Justice Department on Tuesday intervened in the defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says President Trump raped her years ago.

9 min2 w ago
Comments
The Justice Dept. intervenes on behalf of Trump in defamation case. What happens next?

Two different stories of American unrest

How much do these two starkly different Kenosha, Wis., narratives reflect the divisions in our country? How much are they responsible for stoking those divisions? are there any checks on what the U.S. president can say? Reporter Ashley Parker explains.

18 min3 w ago
Comments
Two different stories of American unrest

Trump suggested sending law enforcement to the polls. Can he do that?

Historically, Republicans have used similar tactics to scare people of color away from the polls. Election law expert Rick Hasen and reporter Rosalind Helderman explain what the RNC is planning for Election Day and how today’s laws apply.

21 minAUG 28
Comments
Trump suggested sending law enforcement to the polls. Can he do that?

Postal problems persist. (But your mail-in ballot is probably safe.)

Are Postal Service operations no longer in jeopardy? Can USPS ensure all mail-in ballots get where they need to go? And, most critically, has irreparable damage been done to America’s faith in our electoral system? Reporter Jacob Bogage unpacks the story.

24 minAUG 21
Comments
Postal problems persist. (But your mail-in ballot is probably safe.)

How an extraordinary election season affects Trump’s reelection chances

Chief political correspondent Dan Balz explains how the pandemic has reshaped the 2020 election and what those changes mean for Trump’s prospects for winning the presidency again.

26 minAUG 14
Comments
How an extraordinary election season affects Trump’s reelection chances

TikTok flip-flop: What’s the president’s power over foreign companies?

Technology reporter Rachel Lerman explains why President Trump wants to block TikTok and James Lewis, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explains how the administration can take steps to change things for the Chinese-owned app.

24 minAUG 7
Comments
TikTok flip-flop: What’s the president’s power over foreign companies?

How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?

The Post's polling team, Scott Clement and Emily Guskin, delve into conducting and interpreting polls during an election season. How exactly can polls be representative of the electorate? And are polls predictive of how a country will eventually vote?

30 minJUL 31
Comments
How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?

A double down on federal force, a do-over on coronavirus

President Trump receives poor marks from Americans on two major issues: his handling of the coronavirus and anti-racism protests. Yet, he's taking two starkly different approaches. Reporters Ashley Parker and Matt Zapotosky on Trump's evolving messages.

35 minJUL 24
Comments
A double down on federal force, a do-over on coronavirus
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