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Can He Do That?

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“Can He Do That?” is The Washington Post’s politics podcast, exploring presidential power in the face of weakened institutions, a divided electorate and changing political norms. Led by host Allison Michaels, each episode asks a new question about this extraordinary moment in American history and an… read more

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Check out The 7

December 9th, 2022


On The Post’s new podcast, "The 7," host Jeff Pierre takes you through the seven most important and interesting stories of the day. It's a way to get caught up in just a few minutes. It comes out every weekday at 7 a.m. …

So… can he do that?

May 12th, 2022


More than five years later, what’s the answer to: “Can he do that?” What major lessons have we learned about the stability of our democracy and the limitations on presidential power? How have our systems been tested and …

A message from Allison

May 5th, 2022


Allison shares some news about the future of the show. Plus, a request to hear from listeners. 

“Broken Doors,” Episode 1

April 28th, 2022


An unusual warrant. A pattern of questionable no-knock raids. A reporting thread that just kept going. “Broken Doors” is a new investigative podcast …

Is ‘defund the police’ dead for Democrats?

April 21st, 2022


Can Democrats clarify messaging on police reform? With states and cities taking police reform matters into their own hands, does the president run …

Inside Biden’s Ukraine strategy

April 14th, 2022


How has President Biden's experience with Afghanistan informed his choices in Ukraine? We’ve explored Biden’s history with global leadership, war and …

Introducing “Broken Doors”

April 11th, 2022


An unusual warrant. A pattern of questionable no-knock raids. A reporting thread that just kept going. “Broken Doors” is a new investigative podcast …

Obama and Biden: It’s complicated

April 7th, 2022


President Biden and former President Obama have seen little of each other recently, despite an ostensibly close relationship. What does Obama's appearance at the White House say about the relationship? And will it yield …

What's stopping the DOJ from going after Trump?

March 31st, 2022


A federal judge ruled this week that then-President Donald Trump “more likely than not” committed federal crimes in trying to block President Biden’s …

In Europe, Biden hopes to keep U.S. allies together

March 24th, 2022


President Biden is in Europe this week, making stops in Belgium and in Poland in hopes of keeping the Western alliance united and showcasing American …

Is it time for an independent probe into the pandemic response?

March 17th, 2022


Some lawmakers hope to set up an independent probe into the country’s pandemic response, after months of contentious and partisan oversight efforts …

Where Biden’s climate goals and a Russian oil ban collide

March 10th, 2022


President Biden pledged to move America’s climate reforms forward. How can he ensure that the U.S. has enough oil supply to keep prices from surging, while also ensuring that efforts to obtain that oil don’t infringe on …

Biden lays out a new path for Democrats. Is it too late?

March 3rd, 2022


President Biden is trying to refocus messaging around Democrats' accomplishments. Is it too late for a political course correction with such little …

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s path to the court — between confrontation and compromise

February 25th, 2022


President Biden’s choice of Judge Jackson fulfills his campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. She spent years …

Biden’s response to Putin’s invasion

February 24th, 2022


Russia launched a full-scale attack against Ukraine in what U.S. officials say is an attempt to topple the democratically-elected, pro-Western …

Road tripping through a divided state

February 17th, 2022


With the midterm elections on the horizon, both parties are searching for ways to connect with voters. But what if the thing voters want most is for …

Blue states are moving on from the pandemic. Can Biden?

February 10th, 2022


The White House is in a tough spot as Democratic governors begin lifting mask mandates. How long will President Biden hold out while facing pressure …

Trump, 2024 and the fragility of American democracy

February 3rd, 2022


New details emerged about former president Trump's actions in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Plus, he made some new claims about the electoral process. How might the week's news affect a potential 2024 run and the …

Why we’re talking about Ukraine… again

January 27th, 2022


What’s likely to happen next with this intensifying U.S.-Russia conflict? How is Biden’s approach with Ukraine different than past presidents? And why does Ukraine seem to come up over and over again in modern American …

Biden’s struggle to tackle ‘four historic crises’ at once

January 21st, 2022


After one year in office — with the country still facing several historic crises, simultaneously — Washington Post reporters set out to answer this …

Not everyone’s sold on Biden’s voting rights push. Will it work?

January 13th, 2022


President Biden once said the filibuster was an important part of the legislative process. Now, he's urging changes to get legislation passed. How far will his words go in convincing Senate Democrats? Can he change the …

A son's death, Jan. 6, and a congressman's mission

January 7th, 2022


On Jan. 5, 2021, Rep. Jamie Raskin buried his only son. The next day he witnessed firsthand the attack on the Capitol. As we mark a year since the …

One year later, has Biden’s DOJ brought enough justice?

January 6th, 2022


Where things stand one year after the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol? How much has Biden’s administration done to understand what led to the events of …

The Exit

December 22nd, 2021


In the last episode of our series from October about President Biden and the War in Afghanistan, he takes the reins as commander-in-chief and withdraws U.S. forces. Biden rethinks his stance on military intervention and …

The War

December 21st, 2021


In the second episode of our October series about President Biden and the War in Afghanistan, we look at the years after the Sept. 11 attacks when Biden called for a major nation-building effort. Over time, though, he …

The Senator

December 20th, 2021


On the 20th anniversary of the first U.S. strikes on Afghanistan, this three-part series explores President Biden's career as it intertwines with the …

‘A lack of decorum’: Congress in 2021

December 16th, 2021


Where did Congress succeed this year and where did our governing body fall short? What does party extremism in the Capitol mean for gridlock? And is …

Are we too divided for unity?

December 9th, 2021


President Biden pledged to unify the country, and to do it amid tense racial and cultural division. How far has Biden come on that promise? Will he …

One year (almost) of Biden’s America

December 2nd, 2021


President Biden ran on the promise of returning the nation back to"normal." How far has Biden come? Washington Post White House reporters Ashley …

The state of Trump’s affairs

November 24th, 2021


A close look at the state of Donald Trump post-presidency — his businesses, his finances, the ongoing criminal investigations into his actions and …

Prices are going up. Can Biden bring them down?

November 18th, 2021


What levers do presidents have to slow inflation? How much of our current economic situation can be attributed to President Biden’s policies and what …

Are Biden's vaccine mandates an overreach of presidential power?

November 11th, 2021


Now that the Biden administration has released rules for vaccine and testing mandates, court battles are starting to heat up. The Post’s labor …

Biden promised unity. Voters are still divided.

November 3rd, 2021


In a major upset for Democrats Tuesday, Republican Glenn Youngkin eked out a victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. Today, we look at the results …

McCarthy walks the Trump tightrope

October 28th, 2021


McCarthy says he can recapture the House, but navigating an unpredictable former President Trump and keeping donors happy at the same time is sizable challenge. McCarthy wants to win in 2022 and unify the Republican …

The Exit

October 21st, 2021


In the last episode of our series about President Biden and the War in Afghanistan, he takes the reins as commander-in-chief and withdraws U.S. forces. Ultimately, Biden rethinks his stance on military intervention and …

The War

October 14th, 2021


In the second episode of our series about President Biden and the War in Afghanistan, we look at the years after the Sept. 11 attacks when Biden called for a major nation-building effort. Over time, though, he begins to …

The Senator

October 7th, 2021


On the 20th anniversary of the first U.S. strikes on Afghanistan, this three-part series explores President Biden's career as it intertwines with the …

American democracy in ‘Peril’

September 30th, 2021


Journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa uncovered details about the tumultuous transition of power from President Trump to President Biden in their …

Biden’s climate agenda is bold. Is it enough?

September 23rd, 2021


In this episode, as President Biden address the U.N. for the first time since taking office, we revisit a conversation from August about the climate’s "unprecedented" state and Biden’s big goals toward repairing it. Can …

Biden mandates vaccines for millions. Can he do that?

September 16th, 2021


How can vaccine mandates effectively be enforced across the country? What precedent is there in history and law? And how do Americans and business owners feel about President Biden's executive orders mandating …

America’s Song, Part 2

September 10th, 2021

With his performance of “God Bless America” during Game 3 of the 2001 World Series, New York City Police Department Officer Daniel Rodriguez …

America’s Song, Part 1

September 9th, 2021

With his performance of “God Bless America” during Game 3 of the 2001 World Series, New York City Police Department Officer Daniel Rodriguez …

The presidential power to strike

September 2nd, 2021


How much power should the president have to act unilaterally on drone strikes? And how will that question define a new era of U.S. warfare? Plus, …

Thousands have been evacuated from Afghanistan. Where will they go?

August 26th, 2021


The Biden administration faces a big challenge as they try to resettle Afghanistan refugees, and while also ensuring each person arriving to the U.S. …

Biden vowed a smooth exit from Afghanistan. Now what?

August 19th, 2021


Biden sold himself as the experienced leader to undo Trump’s foreign policy missteps. But his push to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the …

Biden’s climate agenda is bold. Is it enough?

August 12th, 2021


Climate legislation moves forward as a U.N. report warns that humans have pushed the climate into "unprecedented" territory unless greenhouse gas …

One big threat to Biden’s agenda: The map

August 5th, 2021

The 2022 midterm elections are still more than a year away. But the battle to win those races has already begun in the form of redrawing legislative and congressional districts. What can we learn about which party will …

The future of the Jan. 6 commission

July 29th, 2021

The ongoing probe may have implications for the 2022 midterm race and for President Biden’s promise to tackle white supremacist violence. What might …

Biden vs. the delta variant

July 22nd, 2021


The delta variant raises new challenges for the Biden administration: Will they change their approach to masking? What steps can they take to combat vaccine disinformation and get more Americans vaccinated? And is the …

Should the U.S. government still invest in space?

July 15th, 2021

How does NASA fit in when billionaires fly to space? What are Biden’s plans for the space agency and how much of Trump’s initiatives does he plan to …

Inside the Trump White House during the pandemic response

July 8th, 2021

On this episode, Post Reports host Martine Powers talks to two Post reporters who reported on chaos in the early days of the pandemic including details about how sick President Trump was and his proposal to send …

What makes a president a good (or bad) leader?

July 1st, 2021


As Americans celebrates the country's founding, we examine the presidency. How is a president’s leadership measured over time, and how do cultural …

Biden’s evolution on criminal justice

June 24th, 2021

The Biden administration is supporting a bill that would end the sentencing disparity in crack and powder cocaine offenses. But that disparity exists …

Washington’s revolving door hits Biden on the way in

June 17th, 2021

President Biden promised a government where“public servants serve all Americans, not themselves or narrow special interests.” But one set of brothers pose a challenge to Biden's efforts to return to transparency and …

Biden says ‘America is back’ on the world stage. Is it?

June 10th, 2021


Can Biden rally the world’s democracies to meet today's challenges? And what might this trip reveal about the Biden foreign policy doctrine? On this …

The mystery of the pandemic’s origins (and what it means for Biden)

June 3rd, 2021

What are the geopolitical implications of the intelligence community"redoubling its efforts" to identify the pandemic's origins? And what are the …

Biden wants to end housing discrimination. Can he do that?

May 20th, 2021


Discrimination is built into the American housing crisis. We examine the limits of President Biden's power to fix it, in this second episode in our …

Not the 'normal' Washington Biden promised

May 13th, 2021

Are the divisions within the Republican party causing real problems for Biden’s goals? And if he’s forced to move his agenda forward with only the help of his own party, how might Democratic factions and party discord …

Vaccine hesitancy at home, desperation abroad

May 6th, 2021

As the president lays out a new vaccine strategy at home, how much can Biden also do to help curb the spread of coronavirus around the world? And what do the challenges with U.S. vaccine hesitancy mean for supply here …

Promises made. Promises kept?

April 29th, 2021


One hundred days into the Biden administration, how far has the president come on his campaign pledges? Biden promised a new way of governing, so has much changed? Reporter Matt Viser unpacks President Biden's progress …

Menthol cigarettes kill more Black Americans. Should Biden ban them?

April 22nd, 2021

Will the Biden administration be able to strike a balance between politics and public health to regulate menthol cigarettes? And what are the …

Will the president cancel student debt?

April 15th, 2021

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, an economist, and a student all weigh in on what to do — or not — about student debt, in this first episode in our occasional …

Biden’s big bet on big government

April 1st, 2021

How did Biden become a president with an ambitious agenda for major government expansion? Where will his proposals position him in history? And is he likely to accomplish much of what he’s put forth? The Post’s Dan Balz …

Do presidents have the power to stop mass shootings?

March 25th, 2021

After tragedies in Colorado and Georgia, Biden has pledged to tighten gun laws. But the country has been here before, in the aftermath of mass …

The political power of culture wars

March 18th, 2021

We examine why transgender rights have risen to the forefront of our politics, and what the history of the modern Republican party reveals about how …

Biden signed a $1.9 trillion bill. How much relief will Americans feel?

March 11th, 2021

Will low income Americans feel their lives change in tangible ways? On the other hand, might a fast-growing economy cause big problems? Plus, how might Biden make sure Americans know the government is responsible for …

How to fix our democracy? Start in Kindergarten.

March 4th, 2021

A new report draws a line from today’s civics crises to a long-standing failure to effectively teach American government and history in our public …

Reshaping the role of the Justice Department

February 26th, 2021

Can Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland rebuild confidence in the DOJ's independence? How might his efforts on Biden policies like combating …

Biden’s shifting benchmarks for reopening schools

February 18th, 2021

Can President Biden come through on this promise of reopening most schools within his first 100 days? How much can the president influence when and …

The duty of a president during crisis

February 12th, 2021

Some of the arguments in Trump's second impeachment trial get at the core of presidential responsibilities. We examine two of them to clarify the duties of a president during crisis and to understand how free speech …

Biden says he wants to reunite migrant families. It won’t be easy.

February 4th, 2021

Families are still separated years after President Trump's policy ended. Latin America correspondent Kevin Sieff on the experiences of some migrant …

Will Biden get you a vaccine?

January 29th, 2021

How much power does Biden have to affect vaccine distribution and where is his power limited? What role should the federal government play in the …

The Biden era begins

January 21st, 2021

President Biden campaigned on a promise to fix what’s broken, to repair divisions, to pull the country out of sickness, and to restore norms and …

What’s next for Trump?

January 14th, 2021

President Trump's businesses are taking a hit, he's been impeached a second time and he might face legal challenges after he leaves office. Reporter …

One impeachment is rare. Two is unprecedented.

January 12th, 2021

Why impeach a president who is on his way out? When would a Senate trial start? Can President Trump be convicted after he leaves office? What does …

Trump incited a mob. American Democracy suffered.

January 7th, 2021

The breach of the U.S. Capitol was a remarkable moment in American history. Professor Sarah Binder explains how the usually uneventful vote was …

How can the Supreme Court maintain impartiality in America's modern political climate?

December 29th, 2020


Over the holiday break, we're bringing back an old episode that has resonance today. What happens to the public's perceived independence of the …

The problems with pardon power

December 28th, 2020


We’re looking back at an episode that sheds light on President Trump’s actions as his term ends. Reporter Toluse Olorunippa explores the principles …

Trump and the economy: The administration’s biggest victories also exacerbated our divides

December 23rd, 2020


The final episode in the reprisal of our series on President Trump’s legacy focuses on uneven gains in the Trump era. The stock market and the wealthiest Americans have done better, but at the cost of growing …

Trump and science: An erosion of our institutions, in public and behind the scenes

December 22nd, 2020


We're revisiting our series on the legacy of Trump's administration. Through weakening agencies and shuttering scientific programs, the administration has increased divisions in our trust of science-based guidance. …

Trump and race: How the president’s rhetoric and policies divided us

December 21st, 2020


Over the holiday break, we're bringing back our series on President Trump's legacy. Trump has been surrounded by race-related controversies. Some …

Trump’s last chance

December 17th, 2020

President Trump only has one last way to challenge the results of the election-- and he'll need Congress. How long can he hold onto his influence on …

Trump takes credit for the vaccine. Does he deserve it?

December 10th, 2020

How much did Trump’s efforts effect vaccine development? Has Operation Warp Speed done more to help than our government’s pre-existing pandemic …

Pardon me? And my family? And maybe my lawyer?

December 4th, 2020

President Trump is reportedly considering pardoning himself and his family for potential future Justice Department charges. Can he do that? And where does recent news of a“bribery-for-pardon” scheme fit into a …

Trump’s lame-duck agenda: Lessons from history and warnings for coronavirus

November 19th, 2020

Are Trump's major moves during a lame-duck period unprecedented? Professor Jeremi Suri offers an example from history with lessons for today. Plus, reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb on the implications of Trump's approach to …

Does Trump’s refusal to concede put national security at risk?

November 13th, 2020

Experts are concerned that the president's unwillingness to start a transition threatens our country’s safety by denying President-elect Joe Biden resources and intelligence. Shane Harris explains the risks when a …

What do Trump’s legal threats actually accomplish?

November 5th, 2020

Election Day 2020 is behind us, but the presidential election is far from over.
Because of increased vote-by-mail and early voting, vote counts are taking longer than usual this year.
The race is very tight. The winner of …

Trump and the economy: The administration’s biggest victories also exacerbated our divides

October 29th, 2020

As a businessman, candidate Donald Trump said that he was the only person who could deliver major gains for U.S. workers. The stock market and the …

Trump and science: An erosion of our institutions, in public and behind the scenes

October 28th, 2020

Through his administration’s efforts to weaken agencies, control the flow of information coming out of government and shutter scientific programs, we …

Trump and race: How the president’s rhetoric and policies divided us

October 27th, 2020

President Trump has been surrounded by controversies over his rhetoric when it comes to race. Some hoped he would moderate his tone in office, but …

How 2020 races across the country lay the groundwork for a president’s influence

October 22nd, 2020

In the upcoming 2020 election, 35 U.S. Senate seats and 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs. Plus, 44 states with seats in their state legislative chambers are also on the ballot.
Many of …

The 2020 election is facing big challenges. Which ones matter most?

October 15th, 2020

The 2020 election and its lead-up have not exactly been your run-of-the-mill election season. American elections often face various challenges, but this year that list of challenges is quite long.
First, the world is …

A week after we learned of Trump’s covid-19 diagnosis, why don’t we know more?

October 8th, 2020

For months, President Trump avoided the novel coronavirus. He did this even without taking basic steps to prevent the virus’s spread, like wearing masks and staying away from large indoor crowds.
But, last week, that …

What happens if Trump refuses to accept a loss?

October 2nd, 2020

President Trump is not exactly known for his adherence to Washington norms.
And his ongoing rhetoric around perhaps the most significant norm of …

How the Supreme Court became the most trusted branch, and how electoral politics might undo that

September 24th, 2020

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, has created a vacancy on the bench. President Trump and the Republicans have since taken steps toward quickly confirming a conservative replacement for …

Is the federal government to blame for wildfires gone out of control?

September 17th, 2020


Reporter Seung Min Kim on how Trump’s refusal to acknowledge human-caused climate change affects the country’s wildfire management and response plans. Plus, environmental analysis professor Char Miller on who's really …

The Justice Dept. intervenes on behalf of Trump in defamation case. What happens next?

September 10th, 2020


The Justice Department on Tuesday intervened in the defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says President Trump raped her years ago, moving the matter to federal court and signaling it wants to make the U.S. …

Two different stories of American unrest

September 3rd, 2020

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha, Wis., police officer in late August.
Since that shooting, Kenosha has been the site of …

Trump suggested sending law enforcement to the polls. Can he do that?

August 27th, 2020

Faith in the U.S. electoral system is one of the most important fundamentals of this country’s democracy.
And this year, it’s being tested in unprecedented ways.
Some of those challenges are emerging from the rhetoric of …

Postal problems persist. (But your mail-in ballot is probably safe.)

August 20th, 2020

President Trump’s rhetoric about the Postal Service has grown bolder. He’s said that if he stops the Democrats from providing emergency funding to …

How an extraordinary election season affects Trump’s reelection chances

August 13th, 2020

Usually, in presidential election years of the past, August marks a new phase in election season. Conventions wrap up, rallies and events pick up on the campaign trail and candidates debate in front of large audiences, …

TikTok flip-flop: What’s the president’s power over foreign companies?

August 6th, 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. With little to do at home, millions of Americans turned to TikTok to create and …

How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?

July 30th, 2020

In the run-up to any modern presidential election, assessing a candidate’s successes and failures has served as fodder for political pundits, …

A double down on federal force, a do-over on coronavirus

July 23rd, 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 issues — …

Conventions vs. covid-19: Trump’s push for a spectacle while the virus surges

July 16th, 2020

The 2020 presidential nominating conventions will look little like the political mega-events we’ve seen in this country for the past few decades.
The …

Will the Court’s decision on electors prevent (at least some) election mayhem?

July 9th, 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 of our democracy function because years of established norms guide them.
But …

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

July 2nd, 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 capture the …

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

June 25th, 2020

In the United States, novel coronavirus infections set a single-day national record Wednesday. For now it seems like deaths are not growing at the same pace as cases, but it’s clear that this virus is not contained and …

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

June 18th, 2020

John Bolton, former national security adviser to President Trump, wrote a book,“The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.” The book offers a …

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

June 11th, 2020

Public outcry and calls for police reform have erupted across the country, with movements taking aim at not just policing tactics, but also broader …

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

June 4th, 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. John’s …

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

June 2nd, 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 can’t breathe” …

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

May 28th, 2020

This week, the United States reached a grim milestone: Covid-19 deaths surpassed 100,000 in this country. In recent weeks, the geographic areas and the communities this deadly virus touches, have begun to shift.
The …

How Trump is leveraging the presidency to campaign against Biden

May 21st, 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. But this …

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

May 14th, 2020

Last week, the Justice Department, led by Attorney General William P. Barr, moved to drop charges against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn has also been seeking to undo his guilty …

The president’s desperate push to reopen America

May 7th, 2020

After weeks of stay-at-home orders and business closures, some parts of the United States are beginning to reopen. Since late March, President Trump has grappled with the White House’s guidance for when and how the …

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

April 30th, 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. Postal Service, its losses in revenue — both from the pandemic and long predating …

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

April 23rd, 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 Cares Act, …

Freezing funding, adjourning Congress, reopening states. What are the limits on Trump’s power?

April 16th, 2020

Each week, our country’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic presents new questions. Some of those questions are about the role of the …

A president’s push for an unproven cure

April 9th, 2020

As the country continues to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus, many are desperately in search of answers, solutions and treatment options.
In …

States are competing for life-saving medical equipment. Who decides where it goes?

April 2nd, 2020

As the spread of the novel coronavirus grows in the United States, many states finds themselves in need of medical equipment like ventilators and protective equipment for health care workers.
Yet, for most states getting …

Rugged individualism vs. social distancing enforcement: Who can keep us home and how?

March 26th, 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 businesses and mandated that residents stay at home or limit the size of gatherings.

U.S. elections are being tested like never before. What comes next?

March 19th, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic has presented some serious challenges to the American electoral process.
To solve these new public health challenges, …

The U.S. stumbled at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Can we make up for lost time?

March 12th, 2020

The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. The virus has spread in the United States, with new cases reported daily, deaths totaling more than three dozen, and an …

Does the president have much power to control a viral outbreak?

March 5th, 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 more than 3,000. The outbreak has triggered unprecedented quarantines, stock …

The delegate math questions you were too embarrassed to ask

March 2nd, 2020

The Republican Party’s 2020 primary season has been pretty straightforward. President Trump has no serious competition for the Republican nomination. …

Hacks, chaos and doubt: Lessons from the 2016 election revisited

February 28th, 2020

In 2016, as the Democratic Party officially selected its nominee, then-candidate Donald Trump saw an opportunity to deepen the schisms that had emerged among Democrats.
Four years later, President Trump seems to be …

The problems with pardon power

February 20th, 2020

Only a few presidential powers are very clearly outlined in the U.S. Constitution. One of those is the president’s power to pardon.
We’ve seen President Trump exercise his pardon power at several moments during his …

Trump’s view of a unilaterally powerful president goes unchallenged

February 13th, 2020

Since President Trump was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial, there has been a lot of action out of the White House.
From firing people in his administration who testified against him in the House Inquiry …

A president acquitted. The balance of power tested.

February 5th, 2020

The United States Senate acquitted President Trump on charges — brought by the House of Representatives — of abuse of power and obstruction of …

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

January 30th, 2020

The 2020 Iowa caucuses present unprecedented challenges for some top Democratic contenders. Several candidates polling highest in Iowa have been 

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

January 28th, 2020

Details of former national security advisor John Bolton’s unpublished book manuscript became public Sunday.These details suggested that Bolton could …

How Trump’s impeachment lawyers could undermine him in court

January 23rd, 2020


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 …

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

January 21st, 2020


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 …

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

January 16th, 2020


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.

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

January 10th, 2020


After a long standoff, Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will finally consider a resolution to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate …

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

January 8th, 2020


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 …

Presidents who faced impeachment: Bill Clinton

December 27th, 2019


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 …

Presidents who faced impeachment: Richard Nixon

December 25th, 2019


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. Here’s the second of their stories from …

Presidents who faced impeachment: Andrew Johnson

December 23rd, 2019


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. Here are their stories, beginning with …

A divided Congress and a presidency on the line

December 19th, 2019


President Trump is the third U.S. president in history to be impeached. Chief correspondent Dan Balz analyzes how this impeachment compares to others, what happens if an impeached president runs again and how Trump’s …

After heated, long debate, the articles of impeachment move to the full House

December 13th, 2019


The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to move the articles of impeachment to the full House. Politics reporter Colby Itkowitz breaks …

Articles of impeachment against Trump are unveiled

December 10th, 2019


House Democrats announced articles on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against President Trump in its investigation of his conduct regarding Ukraine. Reporter Mike DeBonis explains what the articles mean, why …

Five things we know now that we didn’t know last week

December 6th, 2019


This week, the impeachment inquiry offered plenty of new revelations. Political reporter Amber Phillips unravels Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s news …

The inquiry moves to Judiciary. Can the president’s legal team sit this one out?

December 3rd, 2019


Trump and his lawyers won’t be part of Wednesday’s hearing. Have we ever before seen a president’s legal team absent from impeachment proceedings? …

White House investigation reveals effort to justify Trump’s Ukraine aid decision

November 26th, 2019


The White House’s review of President Trump’s decision to hold up Ukraine military aid found documents showing an extensive effort to justify the …

After a week of hearings, what more do we know?

November 21st, 2019


Key witnesses testified publicly in the House impeachment inquiry this week. Reporter Devlin Barrett unpacks complicated details, notable takeaways from the hearings and where things stand in Congress and the White …

Eight people. Five hearings. Three days.

November 18th, 2019


Here’s what to watch for in a week jam-packed with public hearings. Senior political reporter Aaron Blake explains why each of this week’s witnesses …

An ousted ambassador tells her story to Congress

November 15th, 2019


Marie Yovanovitch faced lawmakers for hours of testimony Friday. National security reporter Matt Zapotosky breaks down the key moments from the inquiry’s second public hearing. Plus, other impeachment news developments …

A new inquiry phase and a new revelation: Your guide to the first public impeachment hearing

November 14th, 2019


Complete with contentious moments between lawmakers and insight into facts from key witnesses, the first day of impeachment hearings was eventful. …

What to expect when public hearings begin

November 8th, 2019


Next week’s public hearings mark the beginning of the next phase in the impeachment inquiry, but what exactly does this next phase look like? How long will it last? And when might the inquiry wrap up? Congress reporter …

When secret testimonies go public

November 6th, 2019


Reporter Amber Phillips breaks down the key takeaways of secret testimony transcripts from the House impeachment inquiry released to the public this week. What new insights have we gained and what might we learn as more …

Congress wants to hear from John Bolton. What might he tell them?

November 1st, 2019


Former national security adviser John Bolton could offer firsthand insight into some Ukraine-related events. But Bolton’s relationship with President …

House Democrats unveil rules for impeachment process. What changes now?

October 30th, 2019


Pending a House vote on the Democrats’ resolution, the stage will be set for the next phase of the impeachment probe. Congress reporter Mike DeBonis …

Republicans’ defense of Trump grows frantic. Will it work?

October 24th, 2019


Reporter Toluse Olorunnipa explains what GOP lawmakers were trying to achieve Wednesday when they protested in the basement of the Capitol. What role …

If a president is impeached, can they run for reelection?

October 23rd, 2019


What actually happens to a president who’s impeached? What penalties against removed presidents are written into law? Law professor Jessica Levinson offers insight into how the law comes down on reelecting a president …

McConnell prepped Republicans for a Senate trial. Here’s what that trial might look like.

October 18th, 2019


Senate impeachment trials are rare in American history, but there are some rules and precedent for how it all works. Reporter Paul Kane answers …

Closed hearings, document deadlines and unanswered questions

October 15th, 2019


Reporter Mike DeBonis explains the information gathering efforts on the Hill this week. Plus, we dig into whether closed door hearings are unusual for a Congressional investigation, and what the inquiry’s pace suggests …

How Trump’s Syria decision is testing GOP support

October 11th, 2019


First, Pentagon reporter Dan Lamothe explains the complexities of the Turkey-Syria conflict. Then, political reporter Robert Costa explains how …

Congress requested depositions. The Trump administration blocked them. Who wins?

October 8th, 2019


Reporter Shane Harris breaks down how the State Department blocked the U.S. ambassador to the European Union from testifying to Congress Tuesday. If few testimonies actually happen, what does that mean for the …

Does Trump’s urging China to investigate the Bidens complicate the impeachment inquiry?

October 3rd, 2019


Reporter Aaron Blake explains what makes Trump’s request of China different from that of Ukraine, how federal election law might apply, and where the founders of our country stood on foreign interference in our …

Are whistleblowers protected from the president?

October 1st, 2019


President Trump’s targeted effort to discredit, and reveal the name of, a government employee raises questions about legal protections for whistleblowers -- and the repercussions for whoever might disclose his or her …

A whistleblower. A phone call. A tipping point.

September 27th, 2019


Reporter Matt Zapotosky on how this fast-paced news week unfolded, what we learned from documents, transcripts and testimonies, and what happens next …

California wants its own strict air pollution standards. Trump has other ideas.

September 20th, 2019


The latest move from the Trump administration threatens to set in motion a massive legal battle and plunge automakers into uncertainty. The Post’s …

What happens when a president overrides science?

September 13th, 2019


Weather editor Andrew Freedman explains how Trump’s inaccurate hurricane tweet led to worrying implications for NOAA and the NWS, and what happens …

Summer is an opportunity for presidents. Did Trump take it?

September 6th, 2019


Some of President Trump’s allies described a lost summer, full of controversies and missed opportunities. White House reporter Ashley Parker explains …

Trump’s latest trade war escalation: Ordering businesses out of China. Can he do that?

August 30th, 2019


The commercial war between two economic superpowers has entered a new phase. The Post’s Jeanne Whalen explains whether President Trump’s edict to U.S. business is enforceable and what the latest trade war developments …

Does the president have the power to buy Greenland?

August 23rd, 2019


President Trump abruptly canceled a trip to Denmark because the country’s prime minister wouldn’t discuss the purchase of Greenland. Economic policy …

How much can a president affect gun policy?

August 9th, 2019


After two mass shootings, President Trump is considering background checks and red-flag laws. But he has suggested action on gun control in the past, …

How far can a president go to get the intelligence chief he wants?

August 2nd, 2019


Some officials have questioned whether President Trump’s pick for the Director of National Intelligence might use the position to serve Trump’s …

‘Problematic is an understatement’: Robert Mueller testifies before Congress

July 25th, 2019


Wednesday’s hearings marked the first time former special counsel Robert Mueller answered questions about his investigation. The Post’s Justice Department reporter Matt Zapotosky explains the significance of Mueller’s …

How Trump’s racist comments can be used against him in court

July 19th, 2019


President Trump’s language may be part of his political strategy, but this moment raises questions about what consequences the president can face for …

Trump avoids releasing his business information to the courts — for now

July 12th, 2019


A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit claiming President Trump is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visits to his D.C. hotel. Post legal affairs reporter Ann Marimow untangles the details and …

'The Framers would not recognize the modern presidency.'

July 4th, 2019


For this special Fourth of July episode, we’re going back to the beginning. Jeff Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center, explains how …

Trump vs. Iran: A president's choices as commander in chief

June 28th, 2019


The president has significant power when it comes to war. Pentagon reporter Dan Lamothe explains what led to this escalation with Iran, Trump’s strategy going forward and how recent events affect international …

Introducing: ‘Moonrise’

June 21st, 2019


The 'Can He Do That?' team presents a new Post podcast, 'Moonrise' and showcases a segment from the Post's daily podcast 'Post Reports' about developments in Iran and what it has to say about President Trump's approach …

How the sprawling Democratic field will winnow down to Trump's single opponent

June 14th, 2019


What are the pros and cons for Trump in facing a huge number of candidates? National political reporter Michael Scherer explains how the upcoming …

Here's what happens if Trump imposes tariffs on Mexican imports

June 7th, 2019


Does the law allow Trump to tax Mexican imports? Can the Senate stop him from following through on his threat? Economic policy reporter Damian …

Investigating an investigation: Barr’s newfound power to declassify materials

May 31st, 2019


President Trump gave Attorney General Barr full declassification authority for his audit of the Russia investigation. Reporter Devlin Barrett …

Will they or won't they? Where House Democrats stand on impeachment

May 24th, 2019


President Trump cut short a bipartisan infrastructure meeting, telling Democrats he won't work with them until they stop investigating him. Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis explains how Democrats might move forward …

Why didn't the White House back an international effort to fight online extremism?

May 17th, 2019


At the intersection of regulation and free speech, the "Christchurch Call" presents a challenge for a president who alleges political bias from …

What happens when a president asserts executive privilege?

May 10th, 2019


The conflict between Congress and the White House accelerated as President Trump blocked access to the unredacted Mueller report. Reporter Carol …

How does Attorney General Barr view presidential power?

May 3rd, 2019


Reporter Devlin Barrett weighs in on Attorney General William Barr's contentious week on the Hill -- a week that raised questions about Barr's views …

Will Trump stop Congress from obtaining documents and testimonies?

April 26th, 2019


Our country is facing a largely unprecedented battle between the White House and Congress. Post investigative reporter Tom Hamburger explains this week's subpoena fights and how the tension between Trump and House …

The Mueller report, unpacked

April 18th, 2019


After nearly two years, America finally gets its first look at special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report. The Post's Justice Department reporter Matt Zapotosky explains new insights we've gained from an early look …

Trump dismantled leadership at DHS. Can he fill key vacancies however he wants to?

April 12th, 2019


Reporter Nick Miroff explains what shakeups at the Department of Homeland Security mean for U.S. immigration enforcement. Plus, a look at the president's power to fill important vacancies, from Stanford law professor …

Trump's decision to definitely, maybe close the border now -- or a year from now

April 5th, 2019


Will Trump ultimately decide to shut down the border? And why keep the country -- including his own administration -- in suspense awaiting a border …

Trump's latest fight against Obamacare: Destroy it in the courts

March 29th, 2019


The Post's David Weigel explains the potential political consequences of Monday's Justice Department filling arguing that the Affordable Care Act …

Mueller report: What we still don't know

March 25th, 2019


National security reporter Devlin Barrett explains what we know so far about the findings of the special counsel's Russia investigation, what clarity we’ve gained from Attorney General William P. Barr's summary, and …

Does a president ever stop campaigning?

March 22nd, 2019


President Trump’s campaign for 2020 began shortly after he won the 2016 election. Post reporter Jenna Johnson and U.S. Naval Academy professor Brendan J. Doherty explain how presidents grapple with the inherent tension …

Does the president get to decide which planes can fly?

March 15th, 2019


Reporter Toluse Olorunnipa explains how global pressure, calls with industry executives and self-proclaimed expertise contributed to Trump's decision …

Congressional Democrats ramp up investigations into Trump

March 8th, 2019


With congressional reporter Karoun Demirjian, we look at how Capitol Hill's investigations work, how the Democrats are trying to hone their oversight …

What we learned from Michael Cohen's scathing testimony

March 1st, 2019


Marc Fisher wraps up this week's hearings, plus a look at what it was like for reporters experiencing the public hearing in realtime.

Will Trump’s emergency survive legal and congressional challenges?

February 22nd, 2019


How will legal battles over President Trump's emergency play out in the courts? How will Democrats push back in Congress? Is there anything stopping Trump from starting to build the wall today? The Post's legal affairs …

Trump to declare a national emergency and Barr is confirmed

February 14th, 2019


Can Trump get funding for a border wall by declaring a national emergency? And can the new U.S. attorney general decide what happens to the Mueller report? Here's a refresher episode answering key questions surrounding …

Better, faster, stronger? Fact-checking Trump's State of the Union address

February 6th, 2019


Which of President Trump's Tuesday night claims were accurate? Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly of The Washington Post's Fact Checker team unpack the truth behind some of the biggest claims around immigration, the economy …

How much power does an attorney general have to protect a president?

February 1st, 2019


William Barr's delayed confirmation vote for attorney general means there's less clarity on who'll see Robert Mueller's report. Post reporters Dan Balz and Devlin Barrett look at history, precedent and law regarding …

The Supreme Court allowed Trump’s transgender troops ban to proceed. What happens next?

January 25th, 2019


In a vote Tuesday, the court allowed Trump's restrictions on transgender troops to go into effect. The Post's courts reporter Fred Barbash explains …

The longer the shutdown lasts, the weirder the consequences get

January 18th, 2019


Can Nancy Pelosi postpone the State of the Union address? Can Trump cancel Pelosi's travel? Can Trump and Pelosi find a way to reopen the government? …

Does Trump have the power to declare a national emergency to get border wall funding?

January 11th, 2019


Can a president choose to invoke emergency powers whenever he wants? Liza Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice explains the extent of Trump's power in states of emergency. The Post's Philip Rucker breaks down the …

Will Trump face a challenger for the GOP's 2020 nomination?

January 4th, 2019


Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) wrote an op-ed asserting his independence from Trump -- a move that prompted speculation about a potential 2020 bid. The …

Trump’s year of legal battles, Part 2: The Mueller probe

December 28th, 2018


In the final days of 2018, Post reporter Rosalind Helderman recaps the year’s biggest moments in Robert Mueller’s investigation and weighs in on what to watch for as the probe continues.

Trump’s year of legal battles, Part 1: Suits and settlements

December 21st, 2018


As this year comes to a close, Post reporter David Fahrenthold helps us unravel the details of the swirling lawsuits and investigations surrounding …

What does Cohen’s sentencing mean for Trump? Presented by ‘Post Reports’

December 14th, 2018


While host Allison Michaels is away this week, we’re bringing you a segment from the Post’s premier daily podcast ‘Post Reports’ on Michael Cohen’s sentencing and what it may mean for Trump.

Will Trump, "a tariff man," win the trade war with China?

December 7th, 2018


Amid escalating tensions and stalled talks between the U.S. and China, financial reporter David J. Lynch and Beijing Bureau Chief Anna Fifield explain what's at stake for Trump, the two countries and the global economy.

What power does Trump have to push back on GM for closing U.S. plants?

November 30th, 2018


The revival of American manufacturing is a key part of Trump's economic message. Now that GM faces cuts, he's threatened to impose import penalties, …

How much power does a president have over election recounts?

November 16th, 2018


Amid recounts in Florida, the president has used strong rhetoric to cast doubt on our elections. Can he do that? Amy Gardner, reporting from Broward County, Fla., explains what's at stake for Republicans, Democrats and …

How will Democrats use their new power as a check on the president?

November 9th, 2018


Will a Democratic House stop President Trump's agenda? Mike DeBonis explains how House Democrats might stall Trump's policies in Congress, and Karoun …

Trump forced out his attorney general. Can he do that?

November 7th, 2018


Jeff Sessions and President Trump have had a tense relationship since Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation last year. So why did Trump request his resignation now? And what are the implications for …

How do the midterm election results reflect on the president?

November 7th, 2018


After time on the trail tracking candidates and talking to voters, David Weigel offers insight on last night's results. Which party can claim the …

President Trump has played an outsize role in midterm campaigns. Can he do that?

November 2nd, 2018


Are midterm elections always a referendum on the sitting president? Reporters Ashley Parker and Michael Scherer explain whom Trump has endorsed, …

Trump says he'll stop a migrant group from crossing the U.S. southern border. Can he do that?

October 26th, 2018


White House reporter David Nakamura explains which pieces of border operations and immigration law Trump can change or influence. Plus, Kevin Sieff recounts migrant experiences from his time traveling with the caravan …

Trump faces a challenging moment in Saudi-U.S. relations. What's at stake?

October 19th, 2018


Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggis disappeared from a Saudi consulate in Turkey. His editor, Karen Attiah, sheds light on …

Trump made some strange financial moves in the decade before he became president. Can he do that?

October 12th, 2018


Trump's financial past includes $400 million in cash spending, $300 million in private loans and a $50 million loan to himself. David Fahrenthold and …

How can the Supreme Court maintain impartiality in America's modern political climate?

October 5th, 2018


What happens to the public's perceived independence of the Supreme Court when confirmation processes devolve into partisan battles? The Post's Robert …

Kavanaugh and Ford will testify at the Senate. Here's what to expect.

September 26th, 2018


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will testify in relation to sexual misconduct allegations that have arisen during Kavanaugh's confirmation process. With much at stake, Trump is …

Trump ordered Russia investigation documents declassified. Can he do that?

September 21st, 2018


At odds with the Justice Department, Trump wants some texts, interviews and warrants made public. We explore his exercise of presidential power when it pushes against well-established norms and creates conflicts of …

President Trump says we are “absolutely, totally prepared” for Hurricane Florence. Are we?

September 14th, 2018


Trump called the handling of Hurricane Maria an "unsung success" and falsely said its high death count was generated to make him look bad. As we face Florence, reporter Joel Achenbach adds insight to Trump's claims and …

A harrowing book, an anonymous op-ed and a White House in chaos

September 7th, 2018


After a week of revelations about what it's like to work for President Trump, White House bureau chief Philip Rucker offers insight into the state of the administration.

Exclusive: Phone call between President Trump and Bob Woodward

September 4th, 2018


Bob Woodward sought an interview with President Trump as he was writing "Fear," a book about his presidency. Trump called Woodward in early August, after the manuscript had been completed, to say he wanted to …

Trump threatened to "take a look" at Google for "rigged" results. Can he do that?

August 31st, 2018


Does the administration have power to regulate the information technology companies distribute? Post technology reporter Brian Fung, technology …

Michael Cohen spent years alongside Trump. What might he know?

August 24th, 2018


Trump’s longtime lawyer and friend, who made a plea implicating Trump this week, has connections to the president’s charity and business. Post reporter Rosalind Helderman explains what we've learned from documents made …

Michael Cohen implicates Trump. Paul Manafort is found guilty. What happens now?

August 22nd, 2018


Within a few minutes on Tuesday afternoon, two people close to Trump are declared guilty. This special break-in episode with Post reporter Devlin Barrett breaks down what these major developments mean for the President …

Trump is trying to enforce an NDA against Omarosa Manigault Newman. Can he do that?

August 17th, 2018


A former White House aide is releasing details from her time in the administration. Trump wants to stop her. White House reporter Joshua Dawsey and watchdog director Danielle Brian explain what happens when a president …

Trump wants to distance himself from Paul Manafort’s trial. Can he do that?

August 10th, 2018


The ongoing trial of Trump’s former campaign manager can affect the future of the Mueller investigation. National security reporter Devlin Barrett and former federal prosecutor Robert Mintz explain what the jury’s …

Trump says that even if there were collusion, there was no crime. Can he do that?

August 4th, 2018


What are the legal lines surrounding collusion? Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Carol Leonnig and white-collar defense lawyer Jacob Frenkel analyze …

What Trump's rhetoric at his rallies can tell us about his approach towards policy and diplomacy

July 13th, 2018


In June, national political correspondent Jenna Johnson and producer Anne Li went to a Trump rally in Duluth, Minn. Johnson has been to dozens of …

How to Flip the House: The takeaways for 2018

June 29th, 2018


Given what we've learned from the 1994, 2006 and 2010 midterms about how partisanship, divisiveness and polarizing presidents all affect affect both …

How to Flip the House: The secret heist of 2010

June 28th, 2018


2010 was the year of the Tea Party, the year of backlash against Obama, and the year of the biggest shift of power in the House in a century. But it’s also the year that Republicans executed a little-noticed strategy …

How to Flip the House: The 2006 blue wave

June 27th, 2018


To understand the identity crisis within the Democratic Party, you could look to the 2006 midterm election … and the story of a junior congressman …

How to Flip the House: The 1994 Republican revolution

June 26th, 2018


Since childhood, Bill Paxon was a diehard Republican – a Nixon fanboy who watched House Republicans lose midterm elections for decades. Then he became a member of Congress. And he was finally in a position to help them …

How to Flip the House: A prologue on why midterm elections matter

June 25th, 2018


In the last 60 years, the House of Representatives has changed political control just three times: in 1994, 2006, and 2010. What do those midterms …

A week of mixed messaging on border separations

June 22nd, 2018


Post reporter Mary Jordan helps us look back at a week of conflicting statements and rapid reversals amid an outcry over immigration policy and …

The DOJ report on Comey: What you should know

June 15th, 2018


Post reporter Devlin Barrett joins us for a special episode to talk about the Justice Department inspector general's report on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

'A meet-and-greet-plus': What to expect from Trump's sit-down with Kim Jong Un

June 9th, 2018


Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday. How will the president navigate the high-stakes negotiations?

The Tale of the 'Trump Triers'

May 26th, 2018


Will tried-and-true Democrats in the Midwest who voted for Trump in 2016 continue supporting the president? And what do their evolving views say …

What to expect in Year Two of the Mueller investigation

May 19th, 2018


One year into the Mueller investigation, we ask: What happens next? And what if President Trump is right, and this all turns out to be nothing?

The president is backing out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Will ‘the Trump Doctrine’ work?

May 11th, 2018


President Trump’s decision could unilaterally kill the landmark agreement — and his unconventional foreign policy approach could have widespread …

Midterms and Trump: What to look for as we enter primary season

May 5th, 2018


What does the state of the midterm season say about President Trump, and his effect on the political landscape of the country?

Will Trump get Americans off of welfare?

April 28th, 2018


Recent Trump executive actions are part of an effort to curb the number of people who rely on the government-funded "social safety net." How will these new restrictions affect low-income Americans?

Will courts let the Trump administration put a citizenship question on the Census?

April 21st, 2018


The Trump Administration wants to ask people about their citizenship status on the 2020 Census. Why are Democrats fighting this?

Special episode: Trump’s lawyer got raided by the FBI. Now what will Trump do?

April 12th, 2018


This week, we talk with reporter Matt Zapotosky about the FBI raid on attorney Michael Cohen — and potential implications for President Trump and the future of Robert Mueller's investigation.

Will Trump change how America pays for its infrastructure?

April 7th, 2018


So far, there's no $1.5 trillion infrastructure package. But Trump is still having a significant effect on how America funds and prioritizes its most significant transportation projects.

Will Trump change America's relationship with internet privacy?

March 31st, 2018


Confused about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and how it relates to President Trump? You're not alone. Reporter Tony Romm and internet privacy expert Daniel Kreiss take us on a deep dive.

When will Trump stop firing people and settle on his ‘A-team’?

March 24th, 2018


The firings, resignations, and ousters in the White House have reached a crescendo. What does that say about Trump – as a manager, as a policy-maker, …

Will Trump convince Kim Jong-Un to give up nuclear weapons?

March 17th, 2018


President Trump says he will sit down with North Korea and negotiate a deal on nuclear disarmament. On this week’s episode of “Can He Do That,” we talk to someone who’s tried that before.

Does the President have the power to downsize the government?

March 10th, 2018


Since President Trump entered office, he's promised a radical restructuring of the federal government — including significant cuts to the size of the federal workforce. But that hasn't happened yet. On this episode, we …

Should the president run the White House like a family business?

March 2nd, 2018


On this week's episode, we talk about presidential family members, and about Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and embattled senior adviser. What happens when a president's own children wield influence in the White …

Will teen victims of school shootings force a change in federal gun laws?

February 21st, 2018


In this week's episode, Post reporters John Woodrow Cox and Wesley Lowery talk about their experiences covering school shootings — and why the …

Will Trump strike a deal on the Dream Act?

February 16th, 2018


Congress has been kicking around versions of the Dream Act for almost two decades — and yet, the latest debates in the Senate suggests that lawmakers …

Special episode: The Nunes memo and what it means

February 2nd, 2018


The House Intelligence Committee publicly released a memo Friday, and it has Washington D.C. in a whirlwind. National security reporter Matt Zapotosky explains what's in the memo, why it's been so controversial and what …

Special episode: Trump's first State of the Union address

January 31st, 2018


Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher and political reporter Eugene Scott discuss the major themes of President Trump's first State of the Union …

Special episode: A State of the Union listening guide

January 26th, 2018


National political correspondent Karen Tumulty and senior editor Marc Fisher discuss what they’ll be listening for in Trump’s first State of the …

Special episode: One year after Trump’s inauguration, we revisit his speech

January 19th, 2018


One year ago, President Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. In his speech, he painted his picture of America and made promises for his presidency. White House correspondents Jenna Johnson and …

We'll be back in 2018

December 15th, 2017


With highlights from some of this year's best episodes, Allison Michaels signs off for now.

Special episode: What does Doug Jones's win in Alabama mean for the country?

December 13th, 2017


Robert Costa reports on voter sentiment from Alabama. Plus, we dive into what happens for Trump, Congress, and party divisions in our country now that Alabama has elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate.

Trump's lawyer says a president can't obstruct justice. Can he?

December 8th, 2017


Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sari Horwitz guides us through Trump's lawyers' comments on obstruction of justice. Plus, legal experts weigh in on …

Is Trump reshaping an entire branch of government -- the judiciary?

December 1st, 2017


Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes weighs in on presidential influence on the federal courts system. Plus, we talk to a political science professor …

Why do American presidents pardon turkeys anyway? A holiday episode.

November 22nd, 2017


Where did this tradition come from? What does it mean to “pardon" a turkey? We’ve got you covered in this special holiday episode with Post reporter …

Trump’s pressuring the Justice Dept to investigate Clinton. Can he do that?

November 17th, 2017


What are the limitations of a president's influence on the Justice Dept? Reporter Devlin Barrett offers the latest news, fact checker Glenn Kessler unpacks Uranium One, and a once dep. special counsel explains risks for …

One year since Trump's election: Live show

November 10th, 2017


Bob Woodward, David Fahrenthold and Karen Tumulty join Allison Michaels live on stage at Washington, DC's Warner Theatre for a look back on the past …

How much power does a president have to prevent terrorist attacks?

November 3rd, 2017


Reporter David Nakamura helps us answer: Can Trump keep us safe from terror attacks? We talk to an expert to learn how terrorist groups recruit. Plus, we examine how much power presidents have to influence …

Special episode: Trump's associates have been indicted. Can Trump himself emerge unscathed?

October 31st, 2017


What do developments in the Mueller investigation mean for Trump? Are indictments proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 …

Will Trump lose GOP majorities in 2018 if he keeps fighting with Republican lawmakers?

October 27th, 2017


Public criticism of the president from GOP senators seems unprecedented. But is it? Reporter Sean Sullivan weighs in on implications for the 2018 …

Will President Trump end the opioid crisis?

October 20th, 2017


How much power does the president have to solve a crisis that kills so many Americans? Reporter Scott Higham takes us on a deep dive into The Post-60 …

Is it within a president's power to strip broadcast licenses?

October 13th, 2017


We revisit the president-press relationship with media columnist Margaret Sullivan and talk to reporter Aaron Blake about President Nixon. Plus, …

Did Trump advisers break the law by using personal email for White House business?

September 29th, 2017


How does use of private email by Trump’s advisers compare to Clinton’s? We answer key questions with political investigations reporter Rosalind …

What can Paul Manafort's actions tell us about the Trump campaigns ties to Russia?

September 22nd, 2017


Pulitzer Prize-winner Carol Leonnig explains the complexities of Manafort's involvement in the Mueller investigation. Plus law professor Jimmy Gurulé …

Will Trump be able to work with Democrats and still maintain the support of his base?

September 15th, 2017


The Post's Robert Costa adds insight to Trump's latest deals with Democrats and what they mean for his political future. Plus, Nick Troiano of the …

What does Trump really want for the 'dreamers'?

September 8th, 2017


What does Trump hope will happen in Congress? With white house reporter David Nakamura, we talk to John Sandweg, former Immigration and Customs …

Will Trump get emergency response funding for Texas, as promised?

September 1st, 2017


How does Trump’s response to this natural disaster compare to that of past presidents? We talk to former FEMA administrator R. David Paulison. Plus, …

What's lost when a president opts out of ceremonial duties?

August 25th, 2017


With chief correspondent Dan Balz, we answer: Can a president fail to participate in tradition? Plus, we learn how President Reagan handled similar events and we talk to a former White House Social Secretary about …

Does a president need to unify the country to govern effectively?

August 18th, 2017


In the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, Va., we examine the history of political appeals to white fear and how past presidents have …

How much power does a president have to lead us to nuclear war?

August 11th, 2017


With insight from White House reporter Jenna Johnson, we learn the answers to this critical question from an expert in North Korean history and a …

Will Trump's new chief of staff fix a White House in chaos?

August 4th, 2017


Can Kelly bring order to the White House? We talk to Kristine Simmons from the Bush White House, Chris Whipple, author of "Gatekeepers: How The White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency," and Greg Jaffe who …

Is it unusual for a president to publicly berate members of his own cabinet?

July 28th, 2017


Can a president fire the attorney general? How much influence does a president have over the Justice Department? Reporter Ashley Parker, historian …

Trump promised to bring back American jobs, can he do that?

July 21st, 2017


What can a president do to revive an industry in decline? Amy Goldstein, author of “Janesville: An American Story,” tells us what happens to people …

Did Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer violate the law?

July 14th, 2017

Jens David Ohlin, vice dean at Cornell Law School, explains the legal boundaries and political consultant Tracy Sefl takes us into the world of …

Will Trump deliver on his health-care promises? (Part II)

June 30th, 2017


Health policy reporter Paige Cunningham breaks down the Senate bill and explains what’s at stake. Plus, we talk to Republican Mayor John Giles of …

Special episode: Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

June 23rd, 2017


In an exclusive report, The Post's national security team goes inside the Obama administration's decision-making after the CIA captured Putin issuing these instructions: defeat Clinton and help elect Trump. Reporter …

How much of Obama's Cuba policies could Trump rollback?

June 16th, 2017


Will Trump's policy toward Cuba undo the Obama administration's efforts to normalize relations? What's at stake? Karen DeYoung answers those …

Will Trump accomplish his infrastructure promises?

June 9th, 2017


The Post's Damian Paletta on how much Trump can achieve. Plus, former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak on facing tragedy in his city in 2007. And Henry …

Special episode: What we learned from Comey's testimony

June 8th, 2017


The Post's national security reporter Matt Zapotosky explains what Comey's words at Thursday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing mean for the …

Is Trump isolating our strongest allies by backing away from key agreements?

June 2nd, 2017


The Post's White House bureau chief Philip Rucker offers insight from his trip abroad with the president. Plus, former ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder explains the relationship between the U.S. and Europe, and the value …

What can Michael Flynn's actions tell us about the Russia investigation?

May 26th, 2017


Harvard's Alex Whiting explains where former national security adviser Michael Flynn's actions might break the law. Plus, The Post's Greg Miller tells us how Flynn fits in the story of possible coordination between the …

Amid turmoil in the U.S., can Trump's first international trip turn things around?

May 19th, 2017


President Trump leaves for his first international trip after two tumultuous weeks back home. Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Kevin Sullivan …

Special episode: Can a president reveal classified information?

May 16th, 2017


Greg Jaffe, one of The Post reporters who broke news of Trump revealing classified information to Russian diplomats, is on the show to explain presidential power when it comes to classified information and what happens …

How much power does a president have to affect an investigation?

May 12th, 2017


As the fallout from Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey continues, we take a look at the limitations of presidential power when it comes to investigations. Plus, we assess how history measures up, with Bob …

Special episode: Can Trump fire the FBI director?

May 10th, 2017


The timing of FBI Director James B. Comey’s termination raises a lot of questions. The Post's national security reporter Matt Zapotosky discusses what we know now and what more there is to learn as this critical story …

Would Trump be able to break up the 9th Circuit Court?

May 5th, 2017


Can President Trump break up a federal circuit court because he disagrees with their decisions? Are there consequences for suggesting he'd do so? …

100 days: Is Trump in violation of his contract with American voters?

April 28th, 2017


Post reporters convene in a round-table conversation about Trump's achievements and failures in his first 100 days and what it means for the next four years of his presidency.

Do power struggles in the White House make Trump a more effective president?

April 21st, 2017


Do staff tensions interfere with Trump's ability to govern? And are these rivalries by Trump's design? White House bureau chief Philip Rucker talks to former Trump aide Sam Nunberg about what it's like to work for Trump …

When it comes to acts of war, how far can Trump go?

April 14th, 2017


With military action, when can a president bypass Congress and what are the consequences? National security reporter Dan Lamothe, American …

What can (and can’t) Trump associates do when it comes to Russia?

April 7th, 2017


Congressional reporter Karoun Demirjian helps answer: What can history show us about presidents’ relationships with foreign governments? When is communication illegal? And at what point do allegations turn into concrete …

Does Ivanka Trump’s new White House role hold up against legal and ethical standards?

March 31st, 2017


This week’s episode asks a slightly different question: Can she? How do potential business conflicts and issues of nepotism factor into Ivanka’s new …

Will Trump be able to deliver on his healthcare promises?

March 24th, 2017


In a setback for the president, a vote on the GOP health care overhaul plan was delayed Thursday. How does it affect Trump's promises to voters? The …

Will Trump really cut programs people depend on?

March 17th, 2017


Trump’s budget proposes massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor: Can he do that? The Post’s Kelsey Snell weighs in on whether Trump’s requests …

Are Trump's attacks on the media a threat to freedom of the press?

March 10th, 2017


How unusual is Trump's behavior toward the media? Media columnist Margaret Sullivan weighs in on that question and on what's at risk for democracy. …

Does Trump’s success depend on his relationship with Congress?

March 3rd, 2017


A master class in the relationship between party and president: The Post’s Robert Costa explains who’s running the show in Washington. He talks to GOP insider Grover Norquist on party unity under Trump and what it means …

Do President Trump's business conflicts violate the Constitution?

February 24th, 2017


The Post’s award-winning David Fahrenthold breaks down Trump’s many businesses, his complex foreign ties and the Emoluments Clause.

Will Trump ever release his tax returns?

February 17th, 2017


Trump is the first major party nominee in decades to not release returns. What happens now that he's president? Does Flynn's resignation change things? Plus, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) on Democrats' efforts to make …

Should Trump be spending weekends at Mar-a-Lago?

February 10th, 2017


President Trump frequents his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, has a triplex penthouse in Trump Tower in downtown Manhattan and has his last name blazoned on dozens of properties around the world. Does that change things …

Will President Trump's immigration ban survive?

February 3rd, 2017


Is President Trump's executive order temporarily barring entry into the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries within the bounds of presidential power? With Marc Fisher, Post senior editor and author of "Trump …

Can he tweet that?

January 27th, 2017


We take a close look at Trump's tweets now that he's president. Can he make official policy statements on Twitter? And does that dictate government …

Introduction to the podcast

January 23rd, 2017


Host Allison Michaels gives a look at what to expect from the newest podcast from the Washington Post.

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