Can He Do That?

“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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 24m. Bisher sind 213 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts

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Two different stories of American unrest

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

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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.


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How an extraordinary election season affects Trump’s reelection chances

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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.


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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.


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Conventions vs. covid-19: Trump’s push for a spectacle while the virus surges

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