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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.

    Public health partisanship confronts a new reality: The virus is surging in rural America

    Public health partisanship confronts a new reality: The virus is surging in rural America

    Many counties in rural America face vulnerabilities, as Covid-19 surges across areas that were once spared, reporter Abigail Hauslohner explains. Reporter Aaron Blake weighs in on what this shift means for the president, partisanship and public health.

    • 33 min
    How Trump is leveraging the presidency to campaign against Biden

    How Trump is leveraging the presidency to campaign against Biden

    With an election just six months away, is Trump leveraging his visibility as president? What powers does Trump have to resume rallies? Reporters Sean Sullivan and Toluse Olorunnipa discuss how the campaigns are handling an unprecedented election year.

    • 28 min
    Politics, pressure and pleas: The twisting case of Michael Flynn and the Justice Department

    Politics, pressure and pleas: The twisting case of Michael Flynn and the Justice Department

    Michael Flynn's legal battle brings the Justice Department into uncharted territory, with boundaries between the department and the president newly tested. National security reporter Devlin Barrett unpacks the latest in this ongoing story.

    • 33 min
    The president’s desperate push to reopen America

    The president’s desperate push to reopen America

    White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker offers an inside look at President Trump's late-March decision to extend social distancing guidelines, and his soon-after pivot to strongly push for a quick economic revival and reopening of the United States.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    • 29 min

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