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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.

    July 4 special: 'The Framers would not recognize the modern presidency.’

    July 4 special: 'The Framers would not recognize the modern presidency.’

    For this Fourth of July, we’re bringing back this special episode. Jeff Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center, explains how the Founding Fathers intended the presidency and how it has evolved. Original air date: July 4, 2019.

    • 28 min
    Virus cases are surging in the U.S. Is our government better prepared now?

    Virus cases are surging in the U.S. Is our government better prepared now?

    Where does the federal response stand? And how does the U.S. response compare to the response globally? What can we learn from countries who are seeing smaller scale spikes and have plans to contain them? Reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Rick Noack explain.

    • 27 min
    An ‘erratic’ and ‘stunningly uninformed’ commander in chief: Inside Bolton’s book

    An ‘erratic’ and ‘stunningly uninformed’ commander in chief: Inside Bolton’s book

    The Washington Post obtained a copy of former national security advisor John Bolton’s memoir. White House reporter Josh Dawsey on what’s in it, the escalating legal battle around it and whether it may influence the 2020 presidential election.

    • 15 min
    Public sentiment on police reform has shifted dramatically. Will it matter?

    Public sentiment on police reform has shifted dramatically. Will it matter?

    Reporter Seung Min Kim explains the details of federal police reform efforts from Congress and the White House. Plus, Lisa Cylar Barrett of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, on whether current local and national efforts reflect the hopes of reform activists.

    • 32 min
    Trump’s response to unrest raises concerns among those trained to detect democratic regression

    Trump’s response to unrest raises concerns among those trained to detect democratic regression

    The administration's response to civil unrest presents major questions about the president’s approach to power. Can Trump use tactics at home that the U.S. condemns abroad? What are the risks of politicizing the military? Reporter Greg Miller explains.

    • 18 min
    Trump threatened military action to quell protests. Can he do that?

    Trump threatened military action to quell protests. Can he do that?

    Does the president have the power to deploy the military inside the U.S. against the will of state leaders? Reporter Matt Zapotosky answers critical questions about the president's threat to use the military to contain protests on American soil.

    • 16 min

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Can he do that?

What started off as a wonderful podcast has been slowly transforming itself, as if you're in a race with The NYT to who can outrage liberals the most with Trump's idiotic antics. Focus more on the agencies and all the real effects they have everyone's lives (including this Canadian) not on what is never going to happen. Stop chasing shadows on the cave wall and turn around and look at the world outside.

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