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 202 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts

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The Postal Service is in dire need. Trump wants to block the loan that could save them.

Will the Postal Service survive? Reporter Jacob Bogage details Trump’s desire to withhold a loan from the agency, and elections administration expert Amber McReynolds discusses the challenges of an election likely to rely more than ever on vote by mail.


 2020-04-30  36m

The U.S. is spending trillions to save the economy. Where does all that money come from?

Which economic levers can Congress and the Federal Reserve control? Plus, what it all means for pumping money into the economy, accruing national debt, and the potential for rising inflation, with reporter Erica Werner and editor Damian Paletta.


 2020-04-23  29m

Freezing funding, adjourning Congress, and urging states to reopen. Where are the limits on Trump’s

Three moments from this week illustrate a president attempts to increase power and limit the checks on his authority. We unpack those efforts with reporter Emily Rauhala and insight from Claire Finkelstein, law professor at the University of Pennsylvania.


 2020-04-17  30m

A president’s push for an unproven cure

What are the risks when clinical trials move quickly? Do they outweigh the benefits? Dr. Mark Gladwin of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center weighs in. Plus, Robert Costa on the president’s actions, as Americans are desperate for a cure.


 2020-04-10  32m

States are competing for life-saving medical equipment. Who decides where it goes?

A hospital’s emergency preparedness chief offers insight into what resources hospitals need right now. Plus, White House reporter Toluse Olurinippa discusses President Trump’s inconsistent decision-making on how to distribute resources across the country.


 2020-04-02  33m

Rugged individualism vs. social distancing enforcement: Who can keep us home and how?

Can the president order the entire country to shelter in place? Or the opposite: Can he force states to reopen businesses and resume gatherings? We find answers with reporter Griff Witte and American University Washington College of Law's Lindsay Wiley.


 2020-03-26  32m

U.S. elections are being tested like never before. What comes next?

Reporter Isaac Stanley-Becker unpacks the electoral vulnerabilities state primaries have revealed, and election law expert Ned Foley lays out what can -- and legally can’t -- happen we look toward the general election in November.


 2020-03-19  30m

The U.S. stumbled at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Can we make up for lost time?

The Post’s health policy reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb delves into the shortcomings of the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus so far and some of the measures we may see in the coming weeks to slow its spread and treat those in need.


 2020-03-12  20m

Does the president have much power to control a viral outbreak?

We navigate The Post’s newsroom in search of answers to a multitude of questions about President Trump’s response to coronavirus, from his efforts to boost the economy to quarantine protocols to his relationship with pharmaceutical companies.


 2020-03-06  26m

The delegate math questions you were too embarrassed to ask

Elaine Kamarck, author of “Primary Politics,” answers questions like: How are delegates and super delegates allocated? Why is it so complicated? And what happens if no candidate wins the majority needed to become the Democratic nominee in July?


 2020-03-02  24m