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.
How an extraordinary election season affects Trump’s reelection chances
Thursday 13 August 2020
: Usually, in presidential election years of the past, August marks a new phase in election season. Conventions wrap up, rallies and events...
TikTok flip-flop: What’s the president’s power over foreign companies?
Thursday 06 August 2020
: If you’d never heard of TikTok before the coronavirus pandemic sent us all into our homes for months, you’ve probably heard of it now....
How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?
Thursday 30 July 2020
: In the run-up to any modern presidential election, assessing a candidate’s successes and failures has served as fodder for political...
A double down on federal force, a do-over on coronavirus
Thursday 23 July 2020
: The United States is in search of leadership on many significant challenges we face at this difficult moment in our country.And on two major...
Conventions vs. covid-19: Trump’s push for a spectacle while the virus surges
Thursday 16 July 2020
: The 2020 presidential nominating conventions will look little like the political mega-events we’ve seen in this country for the past few...
Will the Court’s decision on electors prevent (at least some) election mayhem?
Thursday 09 July 2020
: Much of American democracy runs on precedent. How things have worked in the past helps us understand how they ought to work now. Many parts...
July 4 special: 'The Framers would not recognize the modern presidency.’
Thursday 02 July 2020
: Over the past few years making the“Can He Do That?” podcast, a few episodes have stuck with us. In particular, the episodes that keenly...
Virus cases are surging in the U.S. Is our government better prepared now?
Thursday 25 June 2020
: In the United States, novel coronavirus infections set a single-day national record Wednesday. For now it seems like deaths are not growing...
An ‘erratic’ and ‘stunningly uninformed’ commander in chief: Inside Bolton’s book
Thursday 18 June 2020
: John Bolton, former national security adviser to President Trump, wrote a book,“The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.” The...
Public sentiment on police reform has shifted dramatically. Will it matter?
Thursday 11 June 2020
: Public outcry and calls for police reform have erupted across the country, with movements taking aim at not just policing tactics, but also...
Trump’s response to unrest raises concerns among those trained to detect democratic regression
Thursday 04 June 2020
: Earlier this week, the country watched as the U.S. president walked across Lafayette Square outside the White House to stand in front of St....
Trump threatened military action to quell protests. Can he do that?
Tuesday 02 June 2020
: Protests across the United States have intensified since last week over the death of George Floyd, a black man whose final gasps of“I...
Public health partisanship confronts a new reality: The virus is surging in rural America
Thursday 28 May 2020
: This week, the United States reached a grim milestone: Covid-19 deaths surpassed 100,000 in this country. In recent weeks, the geographic...
How Trump is leveraging the presidency to campaign against Biden
Thursday 21 May 2020
: This presidential campaign season is unlike any other in history. I know, that sounds like something people in world of politics say a lot....
Politics, pressure and pleas: The twisting case of Michael Flynn and the Justice Department
Thursday 14 May 2020
: Last week, the Justice Department, led by Attorney General William P. Barr, moved to drop charges against President Trump’s former...
The president’s desperate push to reopen America
Thursday 07 May 2020
: After weeks of stay-at-home orders and business closures, some parts of the United States are beginning to reopen. Since late March,...
The Postal Service is in dire need. Trump wants to block the loan that could save them.
Thursday 30 April 2020
: The coronavirus pandemic has left a tremendous number of businesses across the country without the revenue they’re used to. For the U.S....
The U.S. is spending trillions to save the economy. Where does all that money come from?
Thursday 23 April 2020
: Trillions of dollars have been injected into the U.S. economy since March. Late last month, Congress passed a $2 trillion relief bill, the...
Freezing funding, adjourning Congress, reopening states. What are the limits on Trump’s power?
Thursday 16 April 2020
: Each week, our country’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic presents new questions. Some of those questions are about the role of...
A president’s push for an unproven cure
Thursday 09 April 2020
: As the country continues to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus, many are desperately in search of answers, solutions and treatment...
States are competing for life-saving medical equipment. Who decides where it goes?
Thursday 02 April 2020
: As the spread of the novel coronavirus grows in the United States, many states finds themselves in need of medical equipment like...
Rugged individualism vs. social distancing enforcement: Who can keep us home and how?
Thursday 26 March 2020
: Much of life as we know it in the United States has drastically changed over recent weeks. Local and state authorities have closed many...
U.S. elections are being tested like never before. What comes next?
Thursday 19 March 2020
: The novel coronavirus pandemic has presented some serious challenges to the American electoral process.To solve these new public health...
The U.S. stumbled at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Can we make up for lost time?
Thursday 12 March 2020
: The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. The virus has spread in the United States, with...
Does the president have much power to control a viral outbreak?
Thursday 05 March 2020
: Since it was first detected on the last day of 2019, coronavirus has infected tens of thousands of people around the world and has killed...