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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.

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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.

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3661 Ratings
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585
288
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One of the best

By Bert Coghill - Feb 19 2020
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This is one of the best podcasts in the podcast universe.

Pretty good politics podcast

By fttfffggffggffgyfftgcfhhg - Jan 29 2020
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Good analysis. Republican tears taste great and are less filling.

iTunes Ratings

3661 Ratings
Average Ratings
2092
585
288
197
499

One of the best

By Bert Coghill - Feb 19 2020
Read more
This is one of the best podcasts in the podcast universe.

Pretty good politics podcast

By fttfffggffggffgyfftgcfhhg - Jan 29 2020
Read more
Good analysis. Republican tears taste great and are less filling.
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Can He Do That?

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Will President Trump's immigration ban survive?

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Is President Trump's executive order temporarily barring entry into the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries within the bounds of presidential power? With Marc Fisher, Post senior editor and author of "Trump Revealed," we answer that and more.

Feb 03 2017

25mins

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Rank #2: Republicans’ defense of Trump grows frantic. Will it work?

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Reporter Toluse Olorunnipa explains what GOP lawmakers were trying to achieve Wednesday when they protested in the basement of the Capitol. What role do House Republicans play in defending the president and how much is White House guidance informing them?

Oct 24 2019

21mins

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Rank #3: Should Trump be spending weekends at Mar-a-Lago?

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President Trump frequents his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, has a triplex penthouse in Trump Tower in downtown Manhattan and has his last name blazoned on dozens of properties around the world. Does that change things for the office of the presidency?

Feb 10 2017

27mins

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Rank #4: One year since Trump's election: Live show

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Bob Woodward, David Fahrenthold and Karen Tumulty join Allison Michaels live on stage at Washington, DC's Warner Theatre for a look back on the past year, an exploration of where this presidency fits into history and plenty of laughs.

Nov 10 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #5: Special episode: Trump’s lawyer got raided by the FBI. Now what will Trump do?

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This week, we talk with reporter Matt Zapotosky about the FBI raid on attorney Michael Cohen — and potential implications for President Trump and the future of Robert Mueller's investigation.

Apr 12 2018

24mins

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Rank #6: What can Paul Manafort's actions tell us about the Trump campaigns ties to Russia?

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Carol Leonnig explains the complexities of Manafort's involvement in the Mueller investigation. Plus law professor Jimmy Gurulé on where Manafort’s actions may cross a legal line. Can Manafort walk away from this unscathed?

Sep 22 2017

25mins

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Rank #7: Trump's lawyer says a president can't obstruct justice. Can he?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sari Horwitz guides us through Trump's lawyers' comments on obstruction of justice. Plus, legal experts weigh in on differing legal perspectives and how presidential pardoning may play a role in obstruction.

Dec 08 2017

29mins

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Rank #8: Did Trump advisers break the law by using personal email for White House business?

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How does use of private email by Trump’s advisers compare to Clinton’s? We answer key questions with political investigations reporter Rosalind Helderman and former White House Staff Secretary and current global security and data lawyer Rajesh De.

Sep 29 2017

22mins

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Rank #9: What Trump's rhetoric at his rallies can tell us about his approach towards policy and diplomacy

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In June, national political correspondent Jenna Johnson and producer Anne Li went to a Trump rally in Duluth, Minn. Johnson has been to dozens of Trump rallies, but this time, she and Li focused on something different - the crowd.

Jul 13 2018

21mins

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Rank #10: Special episode: Trump's associates have been indicted. Can Trump himself emerge unscathed?

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What do developments in the Mueller investigation mean for Trump? Are indictments proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election? Reporter Matt Zapotosky answers these questions on a special break-in episode.

Oct 31 2017

20mins

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Rank #11: What we learned from Michael Cohen's scathing testimony

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Marc Fisher wraps up this week's hearings, plus a look at what it was like for reporters experiencing the public hearing in realtime.

Mar 01 2019

31mins

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Rank #12: Presidents who faced impeachment: Bill Clinton

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President Trump is just the fourth president to face impeachment proceedings. In 2016, The Post’s Presidential podcast examined the three presidents in that category before Trump. We finish our series from Presidential with the story of Bill Clinton.

Dec 27 2019

50mins

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Rank #13: How much power does a president have to lead us to nuclear war?

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With insight from White House reporter Jenna Johnson, we learn the answers to this critical question from an expert in North Korean history and a professor who’s worked in past White Houses on counter proliferation and nuclear arms control.

Aug 11 2017

35mins

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Rank #14: The Mueller report, unpacked

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After nearly two years, America finally gets its first look at special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report. The Post's Justice Department reporter Matt Zapotosky explains new insights we've gained from an early look at the details.

Apr 18 2019

23mins

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Rank #15: Is it unusual for a president to publicly berate members of his own cabinet?

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Can a president fire the attorney general? How much influence does a president have over the Justice Department? Reporter Ashley Parker, historian Tim Naftali and law professor Steve Vladeck on the politics, historical context and legal limitations.

Jul 28 2017

24mins

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Rank #16: A harrowing book, an anonymous op-ed and a White House in chaos

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After a week of revelations about what it's like to work for President Trump, White House bureau chief Philip Rucker offers insight into the state of the administration.

Sep 07 2018

19mins

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Rank #17: How to Flip the House: The takeaways for 2018

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Given what we've learned from the 1994, 2006 and 2010 midterms about how partisanship, divisiveness and polarizing presidents all affect affect both midterm elections and the powers of the presidency, we ask if Democrats can flip the House in 2018.

Jun 29 2018

40mins

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Rank #18: What does Trump really want for the 'dreamers'?

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What does Trump hope will happen in Congress? With white house reporter David Nakamura, we talk to John Sandweg, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director about policy. Plus, a dreamer in the DACA program shares her story.

Sep 08 2017

34mins

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Rank #19: Trump’s pressuring the Justice Dept to investigate Clinton. Can he do that?

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What are the limitations of a president's influence on the Justice Dept? Reporter Devlin Barrett offers the latest news, fact checker Glenn Kessler unpacks Uranium One, and a once dep. special counsel explains risks for politicizing the Justice Dept.

Nov 17 2017

31mins

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Rank #20: Does Trump have the power to declare a national emergency to get border wall funding?

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Can a president choose to invoke emergency powers whenever he wants? Liza Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice explains the extent of Trump's power in states of emergency. The Post's Philip Rucker breaks down the challenges of border wall politics.

Jan 11 2019

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