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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.

    How Trump’s impeachment lawyers could undermine him in court

    How Trump’s impeachment lawyers could undermine him in court

    Trump is fighting impeachment-related battles in both the Senate and the court system. His lawyers have conflicting strategies in each arena. The Post’s Ann Marimow explains why these cases matter for the future of presidential power.

    • 16 min
    Watchdog says the hold on Ukraine aid violated the law. Will it matter in the Senate trial?

    Watchdog says the hold on Ukraine aid violated the law. Will it matter in the Senate trial?

    Economic policy reporter Jeff Stein answers key questions about what legal weight a decision from the GAO carries and how likely this ruling is to be considered by the Senate, as House Democrats and the Trump team make their cases.

    • 16 min
    Block witnesses? Allow evidence? The battles ahead for the Senate impeachment trial

    Block witnesses? Allow evidence? The battles ahead for the Senate impeachment trial

    Congress reporter Rachael Bade offers insight into how the Senate trial process may get thrown off course, how new revelations factor into the trial, and whether the final outcome actually as inevitable as it seems.

    • 22 min
    Pelosi signals next step. Does anyone get what they wanted?

    Pelosi signals next step. Does anyone get what they wanted?

    After a long standoff, Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will finally consider a resolution to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate next week. Reporter Karoun Demirjian answers questions about what’s been gained or lost in the process.

    • 22 min
    Trump and Iran: The president's broad authority to strike

    Trump and Iran: The president's broad authority to strike

    Where do a president’s powers begin and end when it comes to issuing a strike to kill? Can presidents decide how much force to use against an adversary? National security correspondent Karen DeYoung breaks down the administration’s decisions in Iran.

    • 22 min
    Presidents who faced impeachment: Bill Clinton

    Presidents who faced impeachment: Bill Clinton

    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.

    • 50 min

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