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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.

    The problems with pardon power

    The problems with pardon power

    Can the Justice Department push back on a president who pardons for political gain? White House reporter Toluse Olorunippa explores the principles and controversy around presidential pardons in the wake of President Trump’s 11 latest clemencies

    • 28 min
    Trump’s view of a unilaterally powerful president goes unchallenged

    Trump’s view of a unilaterally powerful president goes unchallenged

    Does this post-acquittal moment reflect a president more emboldened than before? White House reporter Ashley Parker offers insight into President Trump’s perception of power and what we can expect to see from him in an election year.

    • 25 min
    A president acquitted. The balance of power tested.

    A president acquitted. The balance of power tested.

    The Senate has now said yes, the president can do that, regarding his conduct in Ukraine. So what does Trump’s acquittal mean for the powers of the presidency? Post senior editor Marc Fisher talks about the future of our country’s balance of power.

    • 22 min
    Will the Iowa caucuses clarify anything? Lessons from history in an unpredictable year

    Will the Iowa caucuses clarify anything? Lessons from history in an unpredictable year

    How much does Iowa matter for the nomination? How might the Senators’ lesser presence there impact the results? Iowa elections expert Cary Covington and campaign reporter Holly Bailey lay out the complex landscape as we head toward the first state’s vote.

    • 32 min
    How Bolton’s allegation — no, not the one you’re thinking of — could change the impeachment trial

    How Bolton’s allegation — no, not the one you’re thinking of — could change the impeachment trial

    National security reporter Matt Zapotosky covers what an exchange between Bolton and Attorney General Barr might tell us about testing a Justice Department designed to maintain independence from the president and how it may change the impeachment trial.

    • 21 min
    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

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