Can He Do That?

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Donald Trump’s historic presidency is unlike any other that’s come before it. From a record-setting staff turnover rate to unpredictable policy decisions to an ongoing investigation into his campaign, each episode of this podcast focuses on one aspect of Trump’s time in the White House that raises t…

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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 s…

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 verdic…

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 the legal and political consequences of President Trump’s latest suggest…

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 Trump rallies, but this time, she and Li focused on something different - …

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 midterm elections and the powers of the presidency, we ask if Democrats…

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 tha…

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 named Rahm Emanuel, who needed to win 15 seats in the House to restore hi…

How to Flip the House: The 1994 Republican revolution

June 26th, 2018

Since he was a kid, Bill Paxon was a diehard Republican – a nerdy 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 h…

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 tell us about what it takes to flip the House? And about why midterm elec…

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 border separations.
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