Can He Do That?

By The Washington Post

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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 the question: "Can He Do That?" Led by interim host Martine Powers, the podcast features Washington Post reporters and experts to illuminate the ways Donald Trump can reshape the presidency. And what that means for the United States and the rest of the world.

Episode Date
A week of mixed messaging on border separations
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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.
Jun 22, 2018
The DOJ report on Comey: What you should know
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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.
Jun 15, 2018
'A meet-and-greet-plus': What to expect from Trump's sit-down with Kim Jong Un
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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?
Jun 09, 2018
The Tale of the 'Trump Triers'
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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 about the rest of the country?
May 26, 2018
What to expect in Year Two of the Mueller investigation
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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?
May 19, 2018
The president is backing out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Will ‘the Trump Doctrine’ work?
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President Trump’s decision could unilaterally kill the landmark agreement — and his unconventional foreign policy approach could have widespread repercussions.
May 11, 2018
Midterms and Trump: What to look for as we enter primary season
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What does the state of the midterm season say about President Trump, and his effect on the political landscape of the country?
May 05, 2018
Will Trump get Americans off of welfare?
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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?
Apr 28, 2018
Will courts let the Trump administration put a citizenship question on the Census?
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The Trump Administration wants to ask people about their citizenship status on the 2020 Census. Why are Democrats fighting this?
Apr 21, 2018
Special episode: Trump’s lawyer got raided by the FBI. Now what will Trump do?
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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.
Apr 12, 2018
Will Trump change how America pays for its infrastructure?
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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.
Apr 07, 2018
Will Trump change America's relationship with internet privacy?
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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.
Mar 31, 2018
When will Trump stop firing people and settle on his ‘A-team’?
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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, and as a public persona?
Mar 24, 2018
Will Trump convince Kim Jong-Un to give up nuclear weapons?
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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.
Mar 17, 2018
Does the President have the power to downsize the government?
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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 ask: What's the hold-up?
Mar 10, 2018
Should the president run the White House like a family business?
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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 House?
Mar 02, 2018
Will teen victims of school shootings force a change in federal gun laws?
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In this week's episode, Post reporters John Woodrow Cox and Wesley Lowery talk about their experiences covering school shootings — and why the outraged message from South Florida teens might get some traction with lawmakers, and with Trump.
Feb 21, 2018
Will Trump strike a deal on the Dream Act?
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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 are still can't come up with a long-term solution for Dreamers. Can Trump strike a deal on the Dream Act?
Feb 16, 2018
Special episode: The Nunes memo and what it means
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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 happens next.
Feb 02, 2018
Special episode: Trump's first State of the Union address
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Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher and political reporter Eugene Scott discuss the major themes of President Trump's first State of the Union address -- what he said, what it means, and what comes next.
Jan 31, 2018
Special episode: A State of the Union listening guide
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National political correspondent Karen Tumulty and senior editor Marc Fisher discuss what they’ll be listening for in Trump’s first State of the Union address.
Jan 26, 2018
Special episode: One year after Trump’s inauguration, we revisit his speech
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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 Josh Dawsey listen back and discuss.
Jan 19, 2018
We'll be back in 2018
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With highlights from some of this year's best episodes, Allison Michaels signs off for now.
Dec 15, 2017
Special episode: What does Doug Jones's win in Alabama mean for the country?
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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.
Dec 13, 2017
Trump's lawyer says a president can't obstruct justice. Can he?
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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sari Horwitz guides us through Trump's lawyers' comments on obstruction of justice. Plus, legal experts weigh in on differing legal perspectives and how presidential pardoning may play a role in obstruction.
Dec 08, 2017
Is Trump reshaping an entire branch of government -- the judiciary?
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Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes weighs in on presidential influence on the federal courts system. Plus, we talk to a political science professor about the demographic breakdown of Trump’s nominees and how it differs from that of presidents past.
Dec 01, 2017
Why do American presidents pardon turkeys anyway? A holiday episode.
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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 Jessica Contrera who attend the annual tradition at the White House.
Nov 22, 2017
Trump’s pressuring the Justice Dept to investigate Clinton. Can he do that?
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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 politicizing the Justice Dept.
Nov 17, 2017
One year since Trump's election: Live show
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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 year, an exploration of where this presidency fits into history and plenty of laughs.
Nov 10, 2017
How much power does a president have to prevent terrorist attacks?
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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 counterterrorism policy.
Nov 03, 2017
Special episode: Trump's associates have been indicted. Can Trump himself emerge unscathed?
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What do developments in the Mueller investigation mean for Trump? Are indictments proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election? Reporter Matt Zapotosky answers these questions on a special break-in episode.
Oct 31, 2017
Will Trump lose GOP majorities in 2018 if he keeps fighting with Republican lawmakers?
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Public criticism of the president from GOP senators seems unprecedented. But is it? Reporter Sean Sullivan weighs in on implications for the 2018 election. Plus, historian Dr. Laurence Jurdem on what FDR's past actions mean for Trump today.
Oct 27, 2017
Will President Trump end the opioid crisis?
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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 Minutes investigation of the pharmaceutical industry's influence on America’s opioid epidemic.
Oct 20, 2017
Is it within a president's power to strip broadcast licenses?
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We revisit the president-press relationship with media columnist Margaret Sullivan and talk to reporter Aaron Blake about President Nixon. Plus, Georgetown's Andrew Jay Schwartzman explains limitations of the Federal Communications Commission.
Oct 13, 2017
Did Trump advisers break the law by using personal email for White House business?
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How does use of private email by Trump’s advisers compare to Clinton’s? We answer key questions with political investigations reporter Rosalind Helderman and former White House Staff Secretary and current global security and data lawyer Rajesh De.
Sep 29, 2017
What can Paul Manafort's actions tell us about the Trump campaigns ties to Russia?
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Carol Leonnig explains the complexities of Manafort's involvement in the Mueller investigation. Plus law professor Jimmy Gurulé on where Manafort’s actions may cross a legal line. Can Manafort walk away from this unscathed?
Sep 22, 2017
Will Trump be able to work with Democrats and still maintain the support of his base?
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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 Centrist Project explains America's political parties and the risks of a system ideologically divided.
Sep 15, 2017
What does Trump really want for the 'dreamers'?
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What does Trump hope will happen in Congress? With white house reporter David Nakamura, we talk to John Sandweg, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director about policy. Plus, a dreamer in the DACA program shares her story.
Sep 08, 2017
Will Trump get emergency response funding for Texas, as promised?
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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, congressional reporter Mike DeBonis is back on the show to break down how relief funding works.
Sep 01, 2017
What's lost when a president opts out of ceremonial duties?
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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 planning these moments.
Aug 25, 2017
Does a president need to unify the country to govern effectively?
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In the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, Va., we examine the history of political appeals to white fear and how past presidents have responded to crises. The award-winning Wesley Lowery weighs in on the state of race relations in America.
Aug 18, 2017
How much power does a president have to lead us to nuclear war?
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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 professor who’s worked in past White Houses on counter proliferation and nuclear arms control.
Aug 11, 2017
Will Trump's new chief of staff fix a White House in chaos?
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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 has reported on Kelly for years.
Aug 04, 2017
Is it unusual for a president to publicly berate members of his own cabinet?
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Can a president fire the attorney general? How much influence does a president have over the Justice Department? Reporter Ashley Parker, historian Tim Naftali and law professor Steve Vladeck on the politics, historical context and legal limitations.
Jul 28, 2017
Trump promised to bring back American jobs, can he do that?
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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 when factories close. Plus, Scott Paul of Alliance for American Manufacturing on how to help the industry.
Jul 21, 2017
Did Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer violate the law?
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Jens David Ohlin, vice dean at Cornell Law School, explains the legal boundaries and political consultant Tracy Sefl takes us into the world of opposition research. Plus, "Trump Revealed" author Marc Fisher on the president's reaction to the news.
Jul 14, 2017
Will Trump deliver on his health-care promises? (Part II)
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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 Mesa, Ariz., about how health care legislation directly affects his constituents.
Jun 30, 2017
Special episode: Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault
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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 Greg Miller tells the story.
Jun 23, 2017
How much of Obama's Cuba policies could Trump rollback?
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Will Trump's policy toward Cuba undo the Obama administration's efforts to normalize relations? What's at stake? Karen DeYoung answers those questions. Plus, the history of U.S-Cuba relations and Obama's special assistant on U.S-Cuba negotiations.
Jun 16, 2017
Will Trump accomplish his infrastructure promises?
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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 Petroski, author of "The Road Taken" on the history of America's infrastructure and how we got here.
Jun 09, 2017
Special episode: What we learned from Comey's testimony
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The Post's national security reporter Matt Zapotosky explains what Comey's words at Thursday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing mean for the multiple investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and what happens next.
Jun 08, 2017
Is Trump isolating our strongest allies by backing away from key agreements?
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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 of international agreements.
Jun 02, 2017
What can Michael Flynn's actions tell us about the Russia investigation?
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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 Trump campaign and Russia.
May 26, 2017
Amid turmoil in the U.S., can Trump's first international trip turn things around?
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President Trump leaves for his first international trip after two tumultuous weeks back home. Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Kevin Sullivan joins us right off the plane from Saudi Arabia -- Trump's first stop.
May 19, 2017
Special episode: Can a president reveal classified information?
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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 next in this developing story.
May 16, 2017
How much power does a president have to affect an investigation?
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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 Woodward and Marc Fisher.
May 12, 2017
Special episode: Can Trump fire the FBI director?
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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 unfolds.
May 10, 2017
Would Trump be able to break up the 9th Circuit Court?
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Can President Trump break up a federal circuit court because he disagrees with their decisions? Are there consequences for suggesting he'd do so? With political reporter Amber Phillips, we talk to historians and legal experts to answer these questions.
May 05, 2017
100 days: Is Trump in violation of his contract with American voters?
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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.
Apr 28, 2017
Do power struggles in the White House make Trump a more effective president?
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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 -- and to get fired by him.
Apr 21, 2017
When it comes to acts of war, how far can Trump go?
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With military action, when can a president bypass Congress and what are the consequences? National security reporter Dan Lamothe, American University's Nora Bensahel, and former advisor to Susan Rice, Loren Schulman, help us answer that question.
Apr 14, 2017
What can (and can’t) Trump associates do when it comes to Russia?
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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 findings?
Apr 07, 2017
Does Ivanka Trump’s new White House role hold up against legal and ethical standards?
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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 role? And with First Lady Melania Trump taking a relative backseat, is Ivanka filling in the gaps?
Mar 31, 2017
Will Trump be able to deliver on his healthcare promises?
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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 Post's Mike DeBonis explains the politics, and we talk to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) about what's next.
Mar 24, 2017
Will Trump really cut programs people depend on?
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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 will be met. Plus, Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen shares how Democrats in Congress are reacting.
Mar 17, 2017
Are Trump's attacks on the media a threat to freedom of the press?
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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. Plus, WHCA president Jeff Mason shares what it's really like to be a member White House press corps.
Mar 10, 2017
Does Trump’s success depend on his relationship with Congress?
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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 for their agenda in Congress.
Mar 03, 2017
Do President Trump's business conflicts violate the Constitution?
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The Post’s award-winning David Fahrenthold breaks down Trump’s many businesses, his complex foreign ties and the Emoluments Clause.
Feb 24, 2017
Will Trump ever release his tax returns?
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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 Trump's returns public.
Feb 17, 2017
Should Trump be spending weekends at Mar-a-Lago?
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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 for the office of the presidency?
Feb 10, 2017
Will President Trump's immigration ban survive?
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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 Revealed," we answer that and more.
Feb 03, 2017
Can he tweet that?
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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 action? We explore the pros and cons when a president has a direct line to the people.
Jan 27, 2017
Introduction to the podcast
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Host Allison Michaels gives a look at what to expect from the newest podcast from the Washington Post.
Jan 23, 2017